and I at Heepvention
97, St. Louis Missouri.
My Fav shot of Bpb :-)
of Bob at
promo shot of Bob from his Band
promo shot of Bob from his Band
Bob hails from Illinois, and was totally instrumental (no pun intended :-),
in shaping the course of the music direction we as a group of wide-eyed, and naive
recording experimenters took as the years progressed.
What an eye-opener THAT was !
Here's Bob !
Life As A Heepster....So Far
in about 94-95 I started getting serious about getting a computer. I had heard
about this "going online" phenomena
and was very interested. I really didn't understand much about it all, but the
thought of e-mailing people ( I don't believe there was instant messaging at the
time, or at least I hadn't heard about it yet) just amazed me. I might actually
be lucky enough to talk to someone from another part of the country...or even
tightwad that I am...it wasn't until February of 97 that I actually broke down
and bought a computer, same one I am using to write this....5 years later. It's
a complete dinosaur in computers these days. Well, I bought the thing at a Sams
Club in Champaign, Illinois (home of the Fighting Illini) and drove like a
madman the 35 miles home because I was sooooooo anxious to get home, get this
beast hooked up and talk to people from all over the world. Duh, I didn't
realize that I had to get hooked up through an online provider, so it was
another two days before I actually got hooked up.
my kids showed me how to turn the thing on and get online (another complete
story in itself), I did my first search...maybe on Yahoo (?)...can't remember
exactly. But anyone reading this knows what the first thing I did once I got
online was... to do a search on URIAH HEEP, of course! I completely and fully
expected to get zero results, as I didn't think anybody else in the world liked
them. I had constantly told friends and buddies about this great band, but the
reaction was always "yeah, I heard of 'em", and thats about as far as
it ever went. So I do this search and I see "Englands
Own Uriah Heep" website. DAMN!! I don't even F-----G believe it! I read
every single word on that site and finally figured out I can contact the guy who
makes the site. He must be either rich, famous, or a genius to be able to make
all of this cool stuff pop up on my computer screen. Well, I got the genius part
of it right anyway ( I still think that too). I wrote to this Dave White guy and
asked him...geez, I don't even remember what I asked him. I was just so thrilled
to be in communication with somebody else who liked Heep!
exchanged a few e-mails (this was WAYYYYY TOO COOL) and realized that each of us
believe I did the drums on an old Yamaha drum machine left at my house by the
drummer from the band I was currently in at the time, Blind
Date. Since I have no idea to this day how to program the damn things, I
just played it all out right there on the little pads on the front of the
machine. Lots of timing glitches, but the idea was there anyway. I can't
remember if I did bass next, maybe Dave did.
Dave did the guitar solo with me in harmony, plus keys. I did the vocals,
and surprised myself by hitting the high notes towards the end that David and
Ken had done quite more professionally
in the original version of the tune.
Bob at The Studio in 98...