Ken Hensley: Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries, 5CD Boxset
Although it’s fair to say that Ken Hensley, as a musician, a songwriter and artist, is probably best known for the decade he spent in Uriah Heep, from 1970’s “Very ’Eavy… Very ’Umble” through to 1980’s “Conquest”, as the band’s keyboard and organist, guitarist, and often their principle songwriter, Ken has forged a varied and exciting musical career over the past 50+ years. From stints with bands as wide-ranging as southern boogie merchants Blackfoot, to shock rockers WASP, it’s as a solo artist, and with the band Ken Hensley & Live Fire, that Ken has secured his enduring legacy.
Following on from last year’s “The Bronze Years 1973-1981” collection comes “Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries”, a 5CD set that revisits two prolific years for Ken, with albums released in 2012 and 2013.
Available to order now through Cherry Red Records:
Ken Hensley: Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries, 5CD Boxset
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News Update April 2020
I really hope this finds you and yours well and taking the best care of yourselves and each other!
Of course, none of us have ever faced anything like the Corona Virus outbreak before and we are all having to adjust and try to understand all that is happening, but the bottom line is that we do have experts out there trying to find the solutions and we can be a part of those solutions by doing the right things and following the advice we are getting from the medical experts.
I prefer that to the waffling, self-serving BS we get from totally unqualified politicians who should just stay out of the way and let the experts do their job!
Here in our little corner of Spain, Monica and I are fine and, because our farm is in such an isolated location we are not unfamiliar with being "separated" to some extent from the outside world.
Our ever growing animal family is in good shape too and, overall, we have a lot to be thankful for.
Our main concern is for those who are less fortunate than us and we have been able to help others in various ways.
2019 was one of the busiest of my whole life and career so, in a way and as much as I miss you all, I am thankful to have some time at home with Monica and our animal family.
We have had to cancel a lot of 2020 shows already and that is sad for all concerned but, if all ends well, we can make up for that. Better that than risking anyone´s health or worse!
And I have kept myself busy in my little music/writing room at home...
And I don´t miss the airport or hotel beds even one little bit! HA!!
So take care of your precious selves and let´s live to fight another day together!
And, as always, stand by for some very big and fun announcements here and on social media!
God bless you all
2020, the year of hindsight - Feb 2020
I just realised it´s 2020, the year of hindsight!!
We have so many big and exciting plans for this year and I will tell you about them as the time gets nearer but, in the meantime, I have a favour to ask of all of you!
Are you going somewhere? Anywhere?
WILL YOU TAKE ME WITH YOU??
WE all have Spotify. We all know downloads, we all know streaming and the millions of other ways to get to our favourite music so now is a great time for the music to keep us together, right?
Of course I am guessing (hoping!) that some of your favourite music is among the 55 or so albums I have recorded or released in my 57 years of doing this and I KNOW most, if not all of it is out there in the ionosphere so why not grab it, put it in your favourite not-so-well-hidden hiding place and ... once you have done that...
TAKE ME WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO!
If there´s anything we can do to make it easier for you all, we´ll do it so please let us know! We love to hear from you anyway so keep in touch and, like I said, we´ll let you all into our new project secrets as soon as we can.
I just KNOW you´re going to love it all, mainly because it is all 100% new and totally unique!!
Take the best care,
The Big Update - June 2019
You know .... If my life and my career were a book, I would probably be moving into chapter 1000 by now!! That alone is incredible enough, but what it reminds me of most of all is how much I have to be thankful for. Above all is my faith and then comes a very long list of people who have done such wonderful things with me and for me over so many years. And of course that includes all of you!
We've come a long way together haven't we?
Wondering what's next? ...... Read on!
I like to look back and I mostly enjoy what I see. And I do learn from it all, including the occasional mistakes. But the best thing of all is that there is so much to look forward to!
In July this year, Secret Records will release the "Live in Russia" project and this is very exciting to me. We filmed and recorded the "World Heros Of Rock" show in Novokuznetsk, Russia last year and this will be released on DVD, CD AND .... A DOUBLE VINYL in a gatefold sleeve. This will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and will include a bonus DVD, featuring a great interview I did with Malcolm Dome. The artwork and production of all this is amazing and of course it features many of your favourite songs and my incredible band "LIVE FIRE".
Now I will have released more than 56 products in my professional life and, thanks to you and many people like you, they will all live longer than me. My very first stage musical, "Born To Rock" has reached the draft presentation stage and I am very hopeful that the 3 plus years of writing and development work will come to life very soon.
I'll keep you posted ....
Shows have been booked through the rest of this year, but I will be taking time out in September to record and produce my own special salute to the 50th anniversary of Uriah Heep.
This will be something totally unique and, as if all this wasn't enough, wait until you hear what we have planned for 2020! So .... let's go into the next chapter of this journey together right now. Come with me to wherever it leads and let's make even more rock & roll history!!
In concert, Ken Hensley plays Alhambra steel-string acoustic guitars exclusively.
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