Ken Hensley & Live Fire

in finnish

Ken Hensley had attracted Hensley / Uriah Heep fans from all over Finland. That trip wasn't in vain. Ken Hensley and his band Live Fire from Norway and Iceland played an excellent gig.

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Band lineup:
Ken Hensley, vocals, keyboards and guitar
Eirikur hauksson, vocals and guitar
Ken Ingwersen, guitar
Sid Ringsby, bass
Willy Bendiksen, drums

Ilkka Korjus's Hammond organ got a real good ride in the hands of Ken Hensley. As typical in 70's we heard many long solos and Hensley's playing was excellent.


Eirikur Hauksson who is from Iceland sang most of the songs and he turned out to be a very good singer. Eirikur who was born in Iceland in 1959 is a well known heavy musician both in Iceland where he was born and also in Norway where he currently lives. He represented Iceland with a song Valentine Lost in Eurovision Song Contest in May in Helsinki. Eirikur was the favourite of the Finns. He was close in getting to the finals but got maximum points from Finland. He has participated in Eurovision Song Contest twice before representing both Iceland and Norway. The other musicians in the band are Norwegians.

 

Press conference

Soundcheck

Ken and his local assistant Heikki Kyllästinen at the press conference.

In the press conference Ken briefly introduced his concert setlist, but didn't reveal all the Uriah Heep songs they were going to perform. His favourite Uriah Heep line up was the one that recorded Demons and Wizards: David Byron (vocals), Mick Box (guitar), Ken Hensley (keyboards, guitar) Lee Kerslake (drums) and Gary Thain (bass). In addition Ken also discussed enthusiastically about Esperanza Street, a foundation he founded together with his wife Monica. Foundation helps handicapped and poor people. This seemed to be very important for Hensley. According to him many people are willing to help in their speeches. Deeds are more important to him.
 

Concert setlists consisted of half of Hensley's solo works and half of Uriah Heep songs. Below is the setlist and in parenthesis the original album release and year).

Intro
Out Of My Control (Running Blind, 2002)
Brown Eyed Boy (Free Spirit, 1980)
July Morning (Look at Yourself, 1971)
Circle Of Hands (Demons and Wizards, 1972)
(This is) Just The Beginning (Blood On The Highway, 2007)
Blood On The Highway (Blood On The Highway, 2007)
The Wizard (Demons and Wizards, 1972)
Rain (The Magician's Birthday, 1972)
Stealin’ (Sweet Freedom, 1973)
Easy Living (Demons and Wizards, 1972)
The Last Dance (The Last Dance, 2003)
Lady In Black (Salisbury, 1971)
Encore: Gypsy (Very Eavy ... Very Umble, 1970)

Most Uriah Heep songs played were from Demons And Wizards which was released in 1972. All other Heep songs were from the beginning of the 70's. Two songs were from the new Blood On The Highway album.

 

Eiríkur Hauksson

Ken Hensley

Ken Ingwersen

Eiríkur Hauksson

Willy Bendiksen

Willy Bendiksen

Sid Ringsby

Ken Ingwersen

Eiríkur Hauksson

Sid Ringsby

 

 

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Hensley sent afterwards a thank you note thanking the organizers who took good care of him and his band. Special thanks were to Heikki, Jukka and Jyrki. He also thanked for the great audience. Hensley writes about his trip to Joensuu in the Live Reports section of his homepage. He wasn't satisfied with the stage monitors. Everything else seemed to gone well.

See also pictures from Ilovaarirock in 2005 and 2006.

Photography and post production by Raimo Öystila. Photos are not allowed to be used without permission of the photographer.

More pictures can be found in Ilovaarirock official website and Ken Hensley's website.

Pictures from Ilovaarirock 2007  -  Home - Ilovaarirock - www.ken-hensley.com

Translate in english by Jyrki Usva, thanks to Jyrki!

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