Russell Gilbrook

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Russell Gilbrook
Uriah Heep 3.jpg
Russell Gilbrook in 2008
Background information
Born (1964-05-17) 17 May 1964 (age 55)
London, England
GenresHard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal
Music Teacher
Years active1984-present
Associated actsUriah Heep
Pete Bardens

Russell Gilbrook (born 17 May 1964) is the latest drummer for the British rock band, Uriah Heep.[1]

Over the last few years Gilbrook has been establishing himself on the UK clinic tour scene. He has supported artists such as Greg Bissonette and completed a tour with Liberty DeVitto. He has worked/toured with Chris Barber and his band and also Alan Price, on whose album, Liberty, Gilbrook featured. He also replaced Cozy Powell in Bedlam (where he played with the brothers Dave and Denny Ball, plus singer Frank Aiello). Gilbrook has also played with Pete Bardens and featured on one of his albums.

Gilbrook has also worked with Tony Iommi, Lonnie Donegan, John Farnham, Van Morrison and Tobias Sammet.

Gilbrook teaches on the musician's channel on Sky Television and holds a position at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and has published several teaching guides. He has demonstrated specialist drum clinics across Europe. He claims, though, that a rimshot cannot be used on a tom drum, just snares only. For the last few years he has also drummed with the Essex based covers band, Exposé, with Dave Moore (vocals), Pete Finch (keyboards), Alan Montague (Bass) and Ben Newton (guitar).

Gilbrook has co-designed, with Marrell Drums, the bass drum beaters that he plays. He uses British Drum Company drums, Code drumheads, Baskey Drum Mats and Rug Lugs, Paiste cymbals and Pellwood drumsticks.

In 2012, it was announced that Gilbrook would be the drummer in the 2013 album of the metal opera project Avantasia, called The Mystery of Time.[2]


  1. ^ "Uriah Heep". Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  2. ^ "Tobias Sammet :: Avantasia :: Official Web". 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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