Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box gave an exclusive interview to Rock And Roll Garage and was asked to reveal his favorite song of the band. However, the musician said that he is a Gemini (Zodiac Sign famous for being indecisive) so he couldn’t make that decision, but he revealed his “favorite song of the day”. “I am Gemini, so what I tell you today will change tomorrow”, he said.
About his favorite Uriah Heep song, Mick Box said:
“I am going to break with tradition here and go with ‘What Kind of God,’ from our ‘Wake the Sleeper’ album. This song is asking you what kind of God do you see, and as we all well know, everything is open to interpretation.”
Wake the Sleeper was the 21st studio album made by Uriah Heep. It was released on 2 June 2008 in Europe and on 26 August 2008 in the United States. Also was their first studio album since 1998’s Sonic Origami. In addition was also their first album since 1980’s Conquest without long-time drummer Lee Kerslake. Who had to withdraw from the band due to ill health in 2007. Putting an end to the band’s longest-lasting lineup which existed for 21 years.
The song “What Kind of God” was inspired by the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (1970). Which refers to the Wounded Knee Massacre. In addition, Wake the Sleeper was nominated by the British magazine Classic Rock as the Album of the Year.
Michael Frederick “Mick” Box was born 9 June 1947, in Walthamstow, East London, England. Besides being Uriah Heep’s guitarist, before the band he played with The Stalkers and Spice. That also had original Heep singer David Byron.
Over 51 years of existence, Uriah Heep released 24 albums. Twelve of the band’s studio albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972). In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany. Where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit. They have sold over 45 million albums worldwide with over 4 million sales in the U.S