Glam Rock Legends SLADE – Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 35 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop-rock ‘n’ roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits… plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.
Slade Chart Career
SLADE’S chart career has spanned 3 decades and their enduring songs Cum On Feel The Noize and Coz I Luv You are still featured today in TV commercials for some of the Worlds biggest companies.
First Chart Hit
SLADE first hit the road in 1966, touring throughout Great Britain and Europe and becoming a regular concert attraction. Joining forces with the former Animals bass guitarist and Jimi Hendrix Experience manager, Chas Chandler, Slade achieved their first chart hit in May 1971 with the Bobby Marchan song Get Down And Get With It then, released in October of the same year Coz I Luv You was the bands first No-1 and a huge hit across Europe.
Slade In The 70s
Throughout the seventies, Slade became one of Europe’s biggest bands, touring and recording continually and making regular trips to America, Japan and other parts of the world. Slade’s catalogue of hits are synonymous with the era:- Take Me Bak ‘Ome, Mama We’er All Crazee Now, Cum On Feel The Noize, Gudbye T’ Jane, along with the many others provided a soundtrack to the Glam Generation and are still today, heavily featured on any retrospective of the time.
At the beginning of the eighties, Slade were invited to appear at the Reading Rock Festival, a massive annual event which attracted over 100,000 people. They literally stole the show, giving some of the worlds biggest rock bands a serious run for their money whilst kindling new interest from a whole new audience. As a result, the band signed a new record deal and unleashed the anthem We’ll Bring The House Down, which reached the Top-10 in the UK in January 1981. Slade were back!
Donny Glam Rock
Not content to rest on their Glam laurels, Slade began forging a new path; through the hugely influential British heavy rock scene. A second successful appearance at Castle Donnington in 1981, before a crowd of over 200,000 people, consolidated the bands position; and paved the way for the single Lock Up Your Daughters, and the album Til Deaf Do Us Part.
Quiet Riot Noize
While Slade were busy in the UK releasing the massive hit My Oh My to huge acclaim; LA metal band Quiet Riot were spreading the word Stateside with their version of Cum On Feel The Noize. Which proved so successful that they followed it up with Mama We’er All Crazee Now. Throughout the rest of the eighties Slade toured and recorded; due to them once again being a major force in British pop and rock.
The early nineties saw the band’s Radio Wall Of Sound hit the UK Top-30 and thereby give Slade a solid 20 year chart run!
In 1993, due to the continual demand from around the world, founder Slade members Dave Hill and Don Powell decided to return to touring. By playing a few select dates in Europe; prior to embarking on what turned out to be a very successful two month tour of Australia.
Slade On Tour
SLADE have continued to tour the world. They are firm favourites on the lucrative German festival scene and undertake an annual UK Merry Christmas Everybody tour in December. They also have a huge following of fans and regularly play concert dates in; Russia, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and the Czech Republic.
Dave Hill & Don Powell
Led by founder members Dave Hill and Don Powell, the band’s latest additions are ex Mud bass guitarist John Berry and new lead vocalist Mal McNulty. Slade today is still one of the most exciting bands on the road; and their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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