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Gallery updates: Q&A Session; HLKND

Added new gallery from HV2008 Q&A session with John Lawton, Lee Kerslake, Ken Hensley, Paul Newton, and Jan Dumee.

Added 20 additional images to the HLKND "main event"… Continue

Added by Esa Ahola on October 3, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Heepster for all time

Well, I was into Heep for quite a while, when I went to that certain John Lawton gig in Winterbach back in 2000. But I had no idea about Heepsters on the web and absolutly no idea about the Heep family live and in life.

Anyway, the very special trip to Dover the next day brought me in, and, as John said, I will never go out.

I met a lot of really nice people in the name of Heep since then, online and offline, and I always enjoyed the warmth and the fun with all those very special… Continue

Added by Manfred Helwig on October 3, 2008 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Hola.. from John Lawton

Hi everybody……

A few days have gone by now since HV08 and we are still here in Spain……

I have to say, that Heepvention went further than any expectations I had, when Alan and I first

plotted the event, over a year and a half ago, it was just fantastic…..

To stand on that stage and be able to relate to most people by their first name is a very

humbling experience….

To everyone who took part in the jam sessions…..absolutely wonderful, it just shows how… Continue

Added by John Lawton on October 2, 2008 at 10:15am — 18 Comments

New Galleries

Heepsters and only Heepsters, parts one two three and four (there's a limit to 100 images per album.) These are mostly candids and "stolen" poses. Heepster jam shots will be… Continue

Added by Esa Ahola on October 1, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Q & A session review

I cannot remember all the questions, so if anyone wants to chime in please

do so.

Favorite Heep song to play live

John said Firefly, the rest said July Morning. I had asked this question of

Lee earlier that day, and he said he gets goose bumps still when he plays


Favorite Heep Story while in the band:

Paul told about the time he went to a bar and met a beautiful woman. He

later found out it was a transvestite bar! Yikes!

Lee,… Continue

Added by Bob Winward on September 29, 2008 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Trouble in HV Paradise

As previously mentioned by a few folk already, Ken missed the meet and greet on day 1. The next afternoon on day 2 I ran into a list memeber and aksed him when he arrived. He said yseterday morning and I said how come you missed the meet and greet. He said "we did not know about it". I blurted out "that's what Ken Hensley said and people were upset". Not sure how I worded it but can you say Heepster Foot in Mouth disease? Anyhow I then asked him what hotel he was staying at. He said hotel… Continue

Added by Bob Winward on September 29, 2008 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Heepvention 2008 The Greatest Show on Earth, Day 3

Day 3 has finally arrived, Saturday night, the Greatest Show on Earth. Yes

the HV that all other HV's write home about.

My day started in the cafe of the hotel, in which I attempted to order

breakfast. I could swear what I pointed out on the menu was Ham, Egg and

Cheese Sandwhich. But what I got was not exactly what I would call in the

USA an Egg McMuffin! It was a really hard stale roll with a lump of cheese,

not a slice. On top of the lump of cheese was a… Continue

Added by Bob Winward on September 29, 2008 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Heepvention 2008 The Adventure continues, Day 2

What an awesome HV so far! By the time I got to bed it was near 9 am when I woke up. I found some Heepsters at the El Cruce downstairs and had a leisurely breakfast of long flat roll with jelly on it. That seemed to be what everyone was eating so I assumed that was the only item on the menu. It took me several minutes to order a coffee, and what I got was something like what we in the USA call expresso. I am one cranky s.o.b. in the mornings and need my caffeine fix so I accepted the beverage… Continue

Added by Bob Winward on September 28, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Heepvention 2008 The Adventure begins, Day 1

Day 1, Sept. 18 2008

This is the full monty now, when it comes to Hv reports. I sent the blurbs

as HV happened, but now for the details for those inclined to read. I met up

with Esa, Ron and Mac at the airport in NY city and had an eventless flight.

After landing, Ron and Mac went one way, Esa and another. What is an Hv

without adventure? Esa and I had difficulty finding car rental office at

the airport, lost an hour there. (I was also later to find out, the… Continue

Added by Bob Winward on September 28, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Site update: messaging between members

Ning (the web platform that this site runs on) has changed the way you send private messages to other members: instead of the funky dropdown from the top of the screen, click the "Inbox" link that appears at top right corner of every… Continue

Added by Esa Ahola on September 28, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Shady Lady a tribute band!

Yesterday I initiated a new project to recruit members for my Uriah Heep tribute band titled Shady Lady, today (Sunday 28th September 2008) I will meet the drummer whom also quite likes UH, It will probably take a few weeks to sort out members and rehearsal slots but I'll blog posts as I go along.


Added by Tansy Tyler on September 27, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Circle of Hands Band

Did anyone get video or audio of the COH Band? I'm particularly interested in their versions of Salisbury and The Park.

Added by Mac Steagall on September 27, 2008 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Brief hiatus - back next week

I had good intentions to complete my HV2008 photo processing and uploading before this weekend when I'm photographer for a local music festival (and end up with even MORE pictures to process), but that didn't happen -- apologies. On the other hand, everyone else is doing a great job uploading theirs. Keep up the good work!

Back Sunday with more photos.

In the meantime, I challenge everyone to… Continue

Added by Esa Ahola on September 26, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Gallery: HLKND Main Event (part 1)

First half of the HLKND set is up.

Added by Esa Ahola on September 25, 2008 at 2:06pm — No Comments

From Alan Keetley

Firstly may I say a huge thanks to all who attended and supported Heepvention 2008. It was a big task for us to organise and thanks to you all it went exactly as we wanted. Secondly I have been to see all the hotel managers, and without exception they said what a great bunch of people you all are. They asked me to send to you all the best wishes from them, and to tell you how much they appreciated the way you all behaved. I think they were a little worried knowing a "rock" crowd were coming,… Continue

Added by Alan Keetley on September 25, 2008 at 4:21am — 4 Comments

Photo's of David Byron 1975 Return To Fantasy Tour

Don't worry guys and girls they are coming soon

Added by Phil Baker on September 24, 2008 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

New Gallery: HLK Acoustic Set

Complete gallery of the Hensley/Lawton/Kerslake acoustic set is now up.

Added by Esa Ahola on September 24, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments


I lied to Ken Hensley (accidentally; dementia etc) at HV2008: I told him that the set list which I was asking him to sign after Saturday night's performance was my first-ever piece of music memorabilia of any kind.

It's actually my second. The first one was the… Continue

Added by Esa Ahola on September 23, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Back in the USA

Changing planes at JFK airport in New York.

We have more Heepsters! And videos from Tapio Minkkinen!

Added by Esa Ahola on September 22, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Goodbye Spain

Final HV2008 preview gallery from Spain.

Added by Esa Ahola on September 21, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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