Mick Box

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Mick Box
Box performing in 2017
Box performing in 2017
Background information
Birth nameMichael Frederick Box
Born (1947-06-09) 9 June 1947 (age 75)
Walthamstow, East London, England
GenresHard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Guitarist
Years active1964–present
Websitemick-box.net

Michael Frederick Box (born 9 June 1947) is an English musician who is the lead guitarist of rock group Uriah Heep, having previously been a member of The Stalkers and Spice, both with original Uriah Heep vocalist David Byron.[1] He is the only member from the band's founding in 1969 who is still active with the group, and – following the 2020 deaths of Lee Kerslake and Ken Hensley – is also the last surviving member of the group's classic line-up.[2]

Mick Box in Norway, 1977

Biography[edit]

Early influences[edit]

In 2018 Mick Box said he was influenced by Les Paul and Mary Ford, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel. He attributes some of these influences to his first guitar instructor because he was the second guitarist for Django Reinhardt, as well as coming from a jazz background.[3]

When he started performing with Uriah Heep, other new bands included Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin.[3]

Spice[edit]

Before establishing Uriah Heep Box's band was called Spice . The band performed from 1968 to 1969 with David Byron and Nigel Pegrum[4] Box said they chose that name because they didn't want to get categorised into a narrow genre. "There's lots of spices, and that was our train of thought with the name of the band" said Box in a 2021 interview. After Ken Hensley joined the members of Spice, they became Uriah Heep.[5]

Recent activities[edit]

Mick Box blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for preventing a 50th Anniversary Celebration, but was planning on a 52 year Celebration. He said he felt strange being in quarantine, because he was accustomed to being "on the road," and interacting with fans at concerts. He has used the time to compose songs and he produced some videos for the Lockdown Diaries.[5]

Box has used his talent to promote the Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

With David Byron[edit]

With Uriah Heep[edit]

With Iris[edit]

With Spearfish[edit]

  • Back for the Future[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2002) The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 1-85227-947-8, p. 468
  2. ^ Parnell, Joel (4 February 2015). "MICK BOX – URIAH HEEP Interview". Desert Highways. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Uriah Heep's Mick Box: "I try to stay away from the scales and just go with my heart"". 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ Ceriotti, Bruno (6 January 2011). "The British Sound: URIAH HEEP FAMILY TREE". Thebritishsound.blogspot.com. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c O'Brien, Joe (12 September 2021). "An Interview with Mick Box of Uriah Heep".
  6. ^ "Mick Box Uriah Heep 50th Anniversary". 2002–2021.
  7. ^ "David Byron – Take No Prisoners Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "SPEARFISH – All-Star Cover Album Featuring PAUL DI'ANNO, MICK BOX, MATS LEVEN and More Now Available on Spotify".

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