|On Uriah Heep and a message to the rock bands of Manipur
|By:- Ringo Pebam *
The flamboyant Bernie Shaw entertained the crowd with great showmanship - he did a lot of talking and made the audience a part of the party that lasted for about two hours, Mick Box did his magic with excellent guitar works, powerful riffs, and at times he would do beautiful solos putting his picking hand in the air and left the other alone on the fingerboard, to do the finger works.
Drummer Lee Kerslek, who looks as old as a grandfather played the drums hard, Trevor the bassist looked the youngest and decent on the stage (he reminded me of Izzy of GNR), Phil Lanzon gave a magical sound on his keyboard, a trademark of Uriah Heep.
Their play list included some new songs and many old ones - Free Me, Gypsy, The Wizard, Sweet Lorraine, Stealin', Easy Livin', July Morning, Look at Yourself, Sunrise, Lady in Black... these are the songs that were in the lips of almost every growing high school kids, played in almost every concert those days in Manipur.
Anyone who had listened to Uriah Heep songs or played or attended rock concert of those days will surely know what Uriah Heep means to them.
Uriah Heep closed the show happily, for, though the audience was very small, they were really true heepsters who screamed and sang every line of their songs.
That must be the reason why British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon cited Uriah Heep as their big inspiration when they grew up.
They would have loved to see the screaming fans, if only their schedule included North East. They are worshipped in the North Eastern Hills. Every person who grew up with rock music in the 80's and 90's loves them.
The concert of the erstwhile Soviet's band Autograph at 1st MR Ground in 1988 is still talked about, and local bands of the country like Greek and Shiva attracted house full capacity at Ranch those days. A mere rock concert held in schools like Don Bosco, Imphal, in 1993 attracted more audience then Uraih Heep's Feb 8th concert in a city like Bangalore.
Had their tour included even a single venue anywhere in the north east the hard rock followers of the 7 sister states would have come together and I know there would have been huge hysteria...they would have received the audience they deserved.
For the love of the music, if in the days to come, event management groups in the north east can rope in bands, of this stature that come to the country, it would *delight* the hearts of thousands and thousands of music lovers across the north eastern states, they will have the time of their lives.
Life was like, listening to old audio cassettes and playing their melodies on 6 strings, seeing them play live was just a dream to everyone... but it's possible, yes, MAGIC can happen!!!
If in the future there comes one of your Gods, and need some help to catch them live, please drop me a mail, for I know what they means to you, we have them in our blood. I am just a mere enthusiast, but I have seen and know you guys who have dedicated your effort, time, energy and life to rock music.
Dear Cannibals, Phoenix/Phynyx, Dark Crusaders, Post Mark, Metal Teens, Nexus, Power Pak, Red Devils, Angellica, Dark Ages, Miracles, Young Ones, Holy Rider, NH-39, Rex, Infidels.. and the many other bands, guitar players and singers whose names I don't remember...
You were the guys who rocked, who inspired.... You guys were a part of the lives of thousands of rock fans all over Manipur, wish you all could come back and resurrect and bring back the magic again.
Ringo Pebam,a hard rock enthusiast, contributes regularly to e-pao.net.
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This article was webcasted on February 11th, 2006
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