Slade

Slade
Release date
01 January 1970
Slade
01 January 1970 |

Slade – without a doubt, one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 30 years. With their unique blend of perfect Pop/Rock ‘n’ Roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans the world over, with no less than 23 Top 20 singles of which 6 were #1 smash hits. Plus 6 smash albums. 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.

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’s song Get Down And Get With It then, released in October of the same year Coz I Luv You was the bands first #1 and a huge hit across Europe.
Throughout the 1970s, 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 ‘OmeMama Weer All Crazee NowCum On Feel The NoizeGudbuy 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 1980s, 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 Top10 in the UK in January 1981. Slade were back!

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 crown of over 200,000 people, consolidated the bands position and paved the way for the single Lock Up Your Daughters, and the album Till Deaf Do Us Part. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, Slade toured and recorded due to them once again being a major force in British Pop ‘n’ Rock. The early 1990s saw the band’s Radio Wall Of Sound hit the UK Top 30 and gave 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 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.

Led by founder members Dave Hill and Don Powell, the bands latest additions are ex Mud bass guitarist John Berry, frequently spied in the guise of the Big Issue seller in Eastenders, and new lead vocalist Mal McNulty. Mal has had an extensive career, he featured with Rockin Horse in the ‘70s, heavy rock band Golden Night, German rock band Hazzard, and he was a founder member of London fun-pub band Paddy Goes To Holyhead. Having formed The Wandering Crutchlees with Tino Troy of Preying Mantis, Bruce Bisland of Sweet and occasional guest Andy Scott, Mal joined Sweet in which he eventually became lead vocalist.

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.