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Slade II's current tour schedule can be found here.


November 2017:
Fans who were at the Jim Lea DVD screening event were unexpectedly treated to four songs from Jim Lea.
Thanks to Robert Abel for the video.


October 2017:
Jim Lea's track 'The smile of Elvis' has been remixed and pressed as a very limited radio-only promo CD single by Wienerworld.
Sadly, there are currently no plans to commercially release the revised track. Don't give the eBay robbers your money.


Dave Hill book info:

'DAVE HILL - MY STORY' FROM UNBOUND PUBLISHING.
If you have not ordered yet - a good way to get the book cheaper is to register at the Unbound site, but not order the book straightaway. They will send you a welcome email and offer a £5.00 discount on your first purchase, which can then be used for the Dave Hill book. Now available to order from Amazon, but getting it from Unbound is cheaper with the £5 voucher you get for joining Unbound.
Buying from Unbound also gets you a free e-book, said to have some extra photos in it.

Dave Hill is making a personal appearance at the Robin 2 on 14th November to promote this book. Mike Read will be in conversation with Dave. Tickets. £15 adv, £17 on the door.The ticket price does NOT include the book which can be bought at the venue - so you may wish to wait til Dave goes round the Waterstones chain and save yourself £15 and the cost of travel. Dave will only be signing his book.

On Monday 27th November, Dave will be doing a book signing (no other items) at Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH.
Tickets
(including book) £20.00.

Two more dates : Waterstones Trafford Centre 16/11 at 18:00 and Waterstones Birmingham 21/11 at 18:30

Admission is £20 (flat book price).


Congratulations to Noddy Holder on winning the Legends of Industry award at The Variety Club of Great Britain on October 3rd 2017.
(Thanks to Dave Kemp for the info).

Noddy Holder


Quatro, Scott & Powell to Release Debut Album In Europe For The First Time.
CD And Digital versions to be released on 27 October with 2LP set to follow on 8 December
2017

Amazon UK | iTunes

Quatro, Scott & Powell (QSP) is a 'supergroup' founded in the very heart of glam rock, bringing together the combined forces of three legends of rock ‘n’ roll with Suzi Quatro on vocals and bass guitar, Andy Scott of The Sweet on vocals and guitar and Don Powell from Slade on drums.

Warner Music Group Russia have acquired the rights for the first ever release of the QSP album in Europe in the following formats: 1CD, 2LP and digital download. The album will be available as a Deluxe Edition, featuring additional tracks which were not included on the original release, which was available only in Australia and Asia (ex-Japan). The CD and digital formats will be available on 27 October with the 2LP set following on 8 December.

“We all have similar backgrounds and come from the same ballpark where we learned our craft, to coin a phrase, 'on the road’!” said Andy Scott, adding: “Back then performing was the only way forward. We have huge respect for one another and approach our musicianship in the same way.”

Don Powell was similarly effusive, never in any doubt that QSP was a special project, right from the very first jam: "We share an era and still continue to work and perform separately in concerts all over the world. After many enjoyable late night discussions it felt like the right time for us to come together to pool our ideas. From the first drum beat, bass lick and guitar chord, we knew we had something special.”

“In the beginning it was fun returning to our roots by recording a few covers,” said Suzi Quatro. “But eventually we started to write original songs which gave the album substance. We have created something we are all very proud of – QSP."


Track Listing
01 Slow Down
02 Long Way From Home
03 Tobacco Road
04 If Only
05 Bright Lights Big City
06 Pain (Band Version)
07 Just Like a Woman
08 Mend A Broken Heart
09 The Price of Love
10 Broken Pieces Suite
11 I Walk On Gilded Splinters
12 Late Nights Early Flights
13 Little Sister
14 Fever (New Track)
15 Tossin’ and Turnin’ (New Track)
16 Pain (Orchestral)


A Noddy Holder interview re Slade Alive reissue with The Scene (magazine for readers in the Telford area) can be read / downloaded here.
Thanks to Pete Boon for pointing this out.


Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. 'Pies, Peas and Don Powell' personal appearance event. £10 + £1 booking fee. St Saviour's Community Centre, East Retford, DN22 6QW.

Dave Hill is making a personal appearance at The Robin2, Bilston on 14.11.2017 to promote his book. All seated event.
Tickets. £17 adv, £17 on the door (NOT ncluding the book which can be bought at the venue).

To celebrate the publication of Dave Hill's autobiography, So here It Is, DJ Mike Read will be in conversation with Dave, talking about his amazing life and sharing some unseen photos. Dave will also be reflecting on his musical influences and how they created his powerful guitar style, which gives Slade's it's unique sound. He'll be playing a few surprise songs along the way...

There's also a chance to have Dave answer your question, as he'll be answering a few hand-picked questions from fans. These need to be submitted by email to info@halcarterorg.com with the subject headed "Dave Hill - An evening with" by the closing date of 6th November 2017. Dave's autobiography, So here It Is, will be on-sale at this event, where Dave will also be signing copies.
Please note, Dave will only be signing his book, no other items will be signed.


August 2017:

'FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY' - AN AUDIENCE WITH JIM LEA - DVD SHOWING AND JIM LEA Q&A
SUN 5TH NOVEMBER AT THE ROBIN, BILSTON
INFORMATION ABOUT JIM LEA EVENT


On sale date: Monday 7th August at 9am from The Robin Box Office - telephone 01902 401211 for debit card and credit card bookings or tickets can be purchased in person between the following opening hours Monday - Saturday: 8am - 8pm, Sunday: 9am - 2pm

Jim is pleased to announce the first official screening of his DVD 'For One Night Only' at the Robin Club in Bilston on Sunday 5th November 2017. Jim will be present at the event.

Plans for the day are still being made - but Jim wanted fans to know straight away that the event is in the process of being organised..

Date: Sunday 5th November 2017
Venue: The Robin, Bilston
Address: 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
Website: http://www.therobin.co.uk
Time: Doors Midday / Event starts at 1pm / Afternoon event only
Schedule: First official showing of the 'For One Night Only' DVD followed by a Q&A with Jim in person

Note: Unfortunately due to Jim's illness he will be unable to perform musically at the event

Ticket availability: It will be an intimate event - limited tickets will be available
Price: There will be two tiers of advance tickets available
1) Entrance to event & SIGNED copy of the 'For One Night Only' DVD £30
2) Entrance only tickets £15
Booking fee £2.50
(If any remaining tickets remain on the day, entrance only can be purchased for £17)

Why the Robin venue? : Jim was keen to return to the venue where he performed his only ever solo gig
+++ Profits from the event will go to Jim's cancer charity +++


July 2017:
From Jim's website: http://www.jimleamusic.com/

"'FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY' DVD COMING IN OCTOBER!

28 July 2017 - Jim is pleased to announce that he will be releasing a new DVD on Wienerworld on Monday 25th October.

The DVD is about Jim's solo concert at The Robin in Bilston from 2002. It includes previously unseen concert footage passed to Jim this year and also Jim filmed recently talking about how the gig came about and what happened on the day - together with commentary about tracks played. It will also include some special 'extras' that have not been seen before. This DVD is very much for the fans - and is a momento of Jim's only ever mainstream solo gig.

More to follow in the next few weeks regarding the release."


June 2017:
SOME INFORMATION ON JIM'S NEXT SINGLE...
Jim has announced the release of a brand new single on the Wienworld label. "All Coming Back To me Now"
The track will be available via download, through Wienerworld from 1st September.

Where was the single recorded?
"The single was recorded at Mad Hat studio in Wolverhampton - a local place".
 
When did you write it?
"I wrote it some time ago but the track was never completed, so I finished it recently when I needed more material. Frank (Lea) was always keen on it so he prompted my memory about it".
 
What is it about?
"It is about a scenario where a man and wife have an argument that resulted in a violent altercation. The husband was full of various substances and went over the top. He awoke the next day to discover that he was in trouble with not only his wife but also the police. He apologised profusely and not until a long time later did his wife forgive him".

When will the single be ready / released?
"I am mastering the finished single in London today (Tuesday 20th June). We will then need to arrange an appropriate release date - Frank says that this shouldn't be too far away".

More information regarding the single title and full release date will follow in due course.
Subscribers to Jim's mailing list (see www.jimleamusic.com) will receive all the information first.


February / March 2017:

SLADE ALIVE IS 45!

Those splendid chaps over at https://www.facebook.com/Sladeforlife have very kindly passed on messages from the band members now that the Slade Alive! album has had its 45th birthday. It's well worth visiting their page on Facebook.

Many thanks to Jim Lea for sending his thoughts regarding Slade Alive!
"I was never happy with the way we were sounding on record. I found it dry and unexciting. After "get down and get with it", "Coz I luv you" was to come next and in that gap, because of "get down and get with it" being such a closing feature of our stage show, Chas came up with the idea of a live album and I breathed a sigh of relief. "Slade Alive" was a true live album. Most are not, and it broke new ground for us. Pheeeewww!!!"

Don Powell says: "Memories are still vivid (45 Years…Blimey!) of the three days in Command Studios at Piccadilly Circus, where we recorded Slade Alive….it was also a small theatre, where we invited Fan Club members. We actually used all of the second night for Slade Alive….Strangely enough, I’ve just returned from Australia, where every night, I was signing copies of that album. I’ve actually got a ‘Triple’ Gold record from Aussie in 1973. Apparently it has gone triple gold again since….. The photograph which makes up the Album, was taken at a gig at the Marquee Club in, London."

Nod says: "Happy Birthday Slade Alive. 45yrs old and still as Rockin’ now as it was in ‘72!!..... Noddy"

Dave Hill:
"My memories of Slade Alive is with the principle I hold dear to this day and the very reason I formed a band in the first place…Live performances! The recording of it took three days, the reason I believe Slade Alive was such a great album is that it’s Slade "Live on Stage" at our very best! I remember as far as Australia from all over world and back to UK it was loved and of course all our success was based on that album and the principle that we were a great rock and roll band of our generation.live. All the best, Dave"

More good stuff at www.facebook.com/Sladeforlife

Courtesy of Mickey Parker's Roots and Boots blog

New videos from Dave Hill and Unbound.


January 2017:

Here is a lovely message & photo, especially for the Slade Are For Life - Not Just For Christmas Facebook page, from singer Joanna Forest...

"Hi everyone, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your lovely support for my album, Stars Are Rising. I love Slade so much and it was such an honour for Noddy to give me his blessing to record, and to let me know how much he likes my version of How Does It Feel? For anyone who would still like to pre-order the album, the links are below. For every album sold, £1 will go to Breast Cancer charity CoppaFeel! a charity I volunteer for after my own Breast Cancer which I had at just 21.

Love Joanna x"

Amazon CD http://amzn.to/2jjO8tH / Amazon Digital http://amzn.to/2jVyZ2B / iTunes http://apple.co/2iW8LcL / Google Play http://bit.ly/2jSA8bV
HMV http://bit.ly/2jSkahb
    — with Joanna Forest.

Slade’s former frontman Noddy Holder, who wrote the song, is a fan commenting: “Joanna has done a great interpretation of the song with a wonderful orchestral arrangement. Let’s hope it will help raise awareness of the cancer charity CoppaFeel. All the best with the album”

Slade


December 2016:

Dave Hill breaks elbow in Brighton. Full story here.
All January and February 2017 Slade shows are cancelled.


Slade star Dave Hill set to reveal all in autobiography
Slade guitarist Dave Hill is looking to raise more than £30,000 so he can release his autobiography. (from Wolves Express and Star site)

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Dave Hill laps up the adulation from fans during a recent gig at the Robin 2 Club, in Bilston

Using online crowd-funding platform unbound.com, the 70-year-old musician has already raised 40 per cent of his target as he plans to release Dave Hill: My Story in 2017. Various packages are available for customers to buy the book ranging from £10 to £200. For £10, the customer get ‘an e-book only, with your name listed in the back plus access to Dave’s shed.’ The £200 Deluxe Plus package gets you a signed, numbered, slipcased edition of the book with a set of six signed prints, four badges and plectrum, a rare Slade single, a vintage backstage pass and a copy of a set list from a famous Slade gig.

From Wolverhampton, Hill wrote on Unbound: "It seems the right time to finally to share my story with you. I’ve got plenty of funny tales but also some others which show that my life hasn’t been all rock ‘n’ roll. Most of all, I wanted to tell it as it is, and tell it my way, that’s why I’m publishing my book with Unbound.Slade had some great years but fashions change and the break-up of the original band was heartbreaking. I thought that would be it for me.I battled through depression and got over a stroke, and decided to carry on doing the thing which I do best: I went back on the road with Slade.

"I’ve seen more of the world, and more fans, in the last twenty-five years than I did when the band were at their most famous. I’ll always be the boy from Wolverhampton, where I still live, with my wife of over forty years, surrounded by my kids and grandkids."

Born in Devon, the son of a mechanic, he moved with his parents to Penn, when he was a year old. There he attended Springdale Junior school and Highfields Secondary school. He originally played with drummer Don Powell in a band called The Vendors, whose name was then changed to The N’ Betweens. The pair then met bass player Jimmy Lea and singer Noddy Holder, whereafter Slade was born. Slade finally split up in 1991, but Hill decided to carry the group.


Slade Member Threatened BBC With Legal Action Over “Merry Xmas Everybody” Authorship Row

Jim Lea, the former bass player and songwriter with Slade, complained that two BBC programmes said Noddy Holder was the sole author of the band’s most famous song. It might be the best-known Christmas pop song, but one of its co-authors is not so full of festive cheer when it comes to getting credit for writing it. Jim Lea, the former bass player with Slade, who with singer Noddy Holder wrote “Merry Xmas Everybody”, has complained to the BBC for claiming that Holder was the song’s sole author. The song, which topped charts on its released in 1973 and has sold more than a million copies, is still a mainstay of radio playlists in the weeks before Christmas – and the BBC has warned staff not to get it wrong when talking about the song on air.

An internal email, which has been seen by BuzzFeed News, was sent to staff this week. It said that Lea complained during Christmas last year about two TV programmes, Top of the Pops 2 and Back in Time For Christmas, that Lea claimed had implied Holder was the sole author.

“The BBC agreed to correct these statements without any admission of legal liability,” the email said. “Jim Lea’s lawyers have recently written to ask that any proposed BBC output does not repeat the suggestion that ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ is the sole work of Noddy Holder. We wish to ensure that wider programme teams who are likely to refer to the authorship of the song are aware of Jim Lea’s position that he co-wrote it.”

Thought to be one of the most widely heard songs in the English language, “Merry Xmas Everybody” came to Lea while he was in the shower, he has said. He told Native Monster in October: “Chas [Chandler, the band’s manager] said ‘The thing is Jim, it would be nice to be in the charts at Christmas’. And he said ‘You know what, it would be even nicer to be number one at Christmas’. So I went into the shower and got the lovely warm water on me. I just said to myself – and I was almost talking to my own brain – ‘Come on, do it now’. And lo and behold I pieced the whole thing together. I was really pleased with it. I got that melody – the chorus – and I thought what’s it about? Then I remember what Chas had said. And I literally started singing ‘So here it is, Merry Xmas, Everybody’s having fun’.”

The BBC declined BuzzFeed News’ request for comment. BuzzFeed News also sought to contact Lea through his record label.


November 2016:

From Dave Kemp: Jim Lea 'Am I The Greatest Now' being aired on Virgin Radio (tomorrow Thurs 15/12) between 12.10-12.20 on the Jamie East show.... Earlier this week James pre-recorded an interview for Virgin for a section 'Legends That Have Still Got It' - this will probably be aired at the same time.... (Don't forget to tweet Virgin on @VirginRadioUK AFTER the record gets played)... Also completed by James is a MOJO Magazine interview - this will be printed hopefully in the next issue.... Over and out.


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Jim Lea - Am I the greatest now?

Ken Bruce played Jim Lea's new single'Am I the greatest now?' on his BBC Radio 2 show on 9.12.2016.

Please ask radio DJ's to play it, so it will get a CD release!
The CD single would be available in the new year if it goes ahaed.


2016 SLADE FANS SURVEY RESULTS:

How long have you been a Slade fan?
Since 1960's 6.00%
Since 1970's 85.00%
Since 1980's 4.00%
Since 1990's 1.00%
Since year 2000 or later 4.00%

Which formats do you have a fair collection of Slade records?
Vinyl 45 and EP's 74.75%
Vinyl LP's 77.78%
Cassettes when available 24.24%
Polydor and RCA CD's 70.71%
Salvo CD's 54.55%
Salvo vinyl 13.13%

Which of the following Slade books do you own or intend to buy?
Tremlett - Slade 39.08%
Charlesworth - Feel the noize 45.98%
Slade Papers 20.69%
Parker - Feel the noize 25.29%
Noddy Holder - Who's crazee now? hardback 71.26%
Noddy Holder - Who's crazee now? paperback 34.48%
Lise Lyng Falkenberg and Don Powell - Look wot I dun 57.47%
Dave Hill - My story (pledge currently available via unbound.com) 58.62%
Slade on Stage photobooks 11.49%
Slade Six years on the road photobook 5.75%
Sheet music books for albums 12.64%
Sheet music for singles 10.34%
Whatever happened to Slade (Omnibus 2017) 27.59%
Jim Lea autobiography (if he writes one) 57.47%

SLADE II (Slade nowadays):
Do you go to see Slade without Noddy Holder and Jim Lea?
Yes, I go to see Slade without Noddy Holder and Jim Lea 25.77%
I have seen them, but don't go nowadays 25.77%
No, I don't go to see Slade without Noddy Holder and Jim Lea 42.27%

Have you bought their album 'Keep on Rockin'?
Yes 30.93%
No 24.74%

Would you buy a new Slade album without Nod and Jim on it?
Yes I would buy a new Slade album without Nod and Jim on it 29.90%
No, I would not buy a new Slade album without Nod and Jim on it 40.21%

Would you buy a box set of the vinyl editions of the albums between Nobody's Fools and Return to Base?
Y 50%
N 50%

Do you own Jim Lea's Therapy album?
Original single CD (Jim Jam label) 29.59%
First 2CD issue with Robin show added? 24.49%
Wienerworld 2CD 10.20%
Wienerworld 2CD (signed) 17.35%
Wienerworld 2LP 4.08%
Wienerworld 2LP (signed) 6.12%
Wienerworld 2LP (test pressing) 1.02%
None of the above 51.02%

Are you a member of any of these discussion areas?

Slade Facebook Group 65.00%
Slade are for life Facebook Group 67.00%
Slade - They were unique Facebook Group 38.00%
The Slade Forum (www.slayed.co.uk) 24.00%
Slade buy and sell Facebook Group 12.00%
Other 10.00%


Don is pleased to finally announce that he will be touring Australia with the band QSP (Quatro, Scott and Powell) in February 2017.

Dates are as follows:

Friday 3 February -  Twin Towns, Tweed Heads
Saturday 4 February - Twin Towns, Tweed Heads
Monday 6 February - Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
Tuesday 7 February - QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Thursday 9 February - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Saturday 11 February - Crown Theatre, Perth
Tuesday 14 February - Opera House, Sydney
Thursday 16 February - Arena, Geelong
Saturday 18 February - Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Sunday 19 February - Sale, Victoria
Tuesday 21 February - Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart
Thursday 23 February - Theatre, Canberra
Friday 24 February - Anitas Theatre, Woolongong
Saturday 25 February - Hope Estate Vineyard, Hunter Valley
Tuesday 28 February - Entertainment Centre, Mackay
Wednesday 1 March - Entertainment Centre, Townsville
Thursday 2 March - Convention Centre, Cairns
Saturday 4 March - Convention Centre, Darwin

(First half of shows will have Quatro, Scott and Powell performing as QSP.
Second half of shows will be Suzi Quatro and her band performing.
Tickets go on sale on 11 & 12 October - click here for details).

The first pressings of Don's new album with QSP (Quatro, Scott and Powell) have been made!
The album will be available from Sony Records in Australia and the Far East from 20 January 2017.

Thanks to the Don Powell website for the image below and the track listing!

The tracks are:
1. Slow Down
2. Long Way From Home
3. Tobacco Road
4. If Only
5. Bright Lights Big City (this is Don's favourite track)
6. Pain (Orchestral)
7. Just Like A Woman
8. Mend A Broken Heart
9. The Price Of Love
10. Broken Pieces Suite
11. I Walk On Gilded Splinters
12. Late Nights Early Flights
13. Little Sister
Bonus Track
14. Pain (Band version).

QSP CD


Shelly Bonet

The new album from Shelly Bonet features an as-yet previously unreleased Jim Lea song 'All coming back'.

Shelly's album is called 'Love in a dangerous world'.

More info at www.shelly-bonet.com
Available via amazon.co.uk

I asked Shelly how she came across the song.

Shelly says "While I was in London some years ago, I got the opportunity to record with Jim Lea. We demoed several of his songs. When I recorded my record we decided to cut "All coming Back". It was a great experience working with Jim Lea!"


October 2016:

Chris Charlesworth's Blog - 'Just backdated' on the subject of Jim Lea's 'Therapy' album.
One of a number of Slade mentions, so the blog is well worth searching through - here are the search results for Slade.


October 2016:

It's not news really. Jim Lea's 'String Theory' album is still on its way. It must be, because another jounalist says he says so.

String Theory
(Click to view full size image)


Jim Lea - Therapy CD to be reissued on September 23rd 2016 with 3 new bonus studio tracks and bonus live disc.
See details on amazon.co.uk or Pledge Music.

14. 21st Century Thing? [bonus track]
15. Thank God It's Friday Right Now [bonus track]
16. Am I The Greatest Now? [bonus track]


JIM'S INTRO FROM THE PLEDGE MUSIC SITE: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jimlea

"Hi everybody, Jim Lea here. Welcome to my PledgeMusic page. I am pleased to let you know that I am re-releasing my album Therapy as a Deluxe Double CD. The re-issue will include three previously unreleased tracks recorded at the same time as the rest of the album and a second CD of a live concert from Robin 2 R’n’B Club in 2002 where I played some of the hits from Slade and other bands and also my own material. Using PledgeMusic I can also offer some additional items like signed lyric sheets. Finally I will shortly be adding a very special project to the campaign which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Slade and my part in that amazing band.

Thank you for your support."
Jim Lea

The first disc is a reissue of Jim’s critically acclaimed studio album – most impressively, the vast majority of instruments featured are played by Jim · Includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks: 21st Century Thing, Thank God It’s Friday Right Now and Am I The Greatest Now · Features a 16 page booklet complete with lyrics, memories of the Robin 2 R’n’B gig by owner Mike Hamblett and new liner notes by Jim Lea written exclusively for this 2016 release.

The second disc was recorded live at the Robin 2 R’n’B Club in 2002 and features versions of Slade hits Cum On Feel The Noize and Mamma Weer All Crazee Now alongside classic tracks Hey Joe, I Am The Walrus, You Really Got Me, Substitute and Wild Thing

Jim’s immense skill as a songwriter is evident throughout, alongside his much overlooked musicianship

"On being asked to add more tracks to the album, I managed to dig up a song called 21st Century Thing? It was found on a cassette of demos which had never been worked on. After a short attempt to re-record it, I gave up and put the demo version on the album which seemed to fit the vibe just fine. Then came something from the digital era in the shape of Thank God It’s Friday Right Now. Coming up the rear is a pop thrash track Am I The Greatest Now? I am proud of the album and found the public reaction very edifying.” – Jim Lea, Therapy liner notes

NOTE:
“Therapy” 2CD Deluxe Edition will be released on the 23rd September. PLEDGEMUSIC prices include postage and packaging.

The 2LP vinyl issue will be out on December 9th 2016. The vinyl Issue contains the 'Therapy' album and the bonus tracks as above, plus 3 more additional bonus tracks: Misty Morning Light / I'll Be John, You Be Yoko (previously released) / Dare To Be Great.

Jim Lea Therapy - Amazon


SLADE WIN AIM AWARD FOR 'WHEN SLADE ROCKED THE WORLD' BOX SET HERE (7.9.2016)

NEW JIM LEA INTERVIEW HERE (NOV 2015)

THE REALITIES OF 'THAT CHRISTMAS SONG' HERE

NODDY'S CHRISTMAS 2015 MESSAGE
HERE


Slade

"Hello! Noddy Holder here at BBC Radio 6, where I was talking about the forthcoming box set When Slade Rocked The World 1971-75. It’s all looking terrific with 4 coloured vinyl LPs, 4 double A side  singles, a reproduction of an original ‘70s flexi-disc (remember them??) 2 books, and a 2 CD set with the music from the four LPs for your digital music library. The first 1,000 copies of the box also include a set of 8 reproductions of the lobby cards for our film Flame. Cum on and pre-order the box from PledgeMusic" (link now removed)

Slade

Hello everyone, Don Powell here!

This new box set, When Slade Rocked the World, really is the business, and I'm very pleased with how it's turned out; it does a great job of showcasing our music in the years when we were enjoying tremendous success. You get books, loads of vinyl and even a couple of CDs, and the limited edition version from PledgeMusic includes reprints of 8 lobby cards from our film Slade in Flame. Go to PledgeMusic and order away!  Cheers, Don



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The last of the coloured vinyl LPs (this one a sort of powder blue to echo the blue of the title and band name on the cover)  in Rocked the World for us to discuss is Old New Borrowed and Blue, the group’s fourth studio album and another chart conqueror. Recorded amidst a whirlwind of touring and promo activity and during Don Powell’s convalescence following his near fatal car accident, the album followed its predecessors winning formula, but as Don put it in their fan club newsletter at the time, while it was “in character” they had “spent more time on arrangements and little ideas and effects”.

This was time when the mania around the band was pretty much at its peak; they basically couldn’t walk the streets. In July ’73 they had recorded the song that Noddy has referred to as his retirement fund (in sweltering NYC no less), ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, which became Slade’s sixth #1 in December ’73 and was so popular that despite advance orders of half a million copies many stores sold out.

So despite the enormity of their success and the consequent exhausting pace that their lives were lived at, the album did show signs that the band were growing restless with the ‘formula’. The piano-based ballad and second single ‘Everyday’ only reached #3, a possible reflection of the fact that it sounded different from what had come before.  Noddy and Jim were noticeably moving forward in their writing, gradually expanding their repertoire rather than simply relying on the styles and sounds that they had perfected and which they could, perhaps understandably, have coasted on.

‘When The Lights Are out’ is a mid-tempo ballad which also shows the evolution in the group’s sound, in that it featured Jim Lea on lead vocals for the first time.  The honky-tonk piano on ‘Find Yourself a Rainbow’ (played by the landlord of the band’s local, Tommy Burton), makes the song something of a novelty number, but it’s also new territory for Slade – and the song was later covered by Max Bygraves!

On the other hand, the rocking ‘We’re Really Gonna Raise The Roof’ has its size 12s firmly planted in familiarly stomping territory, as was the anthemic ‘Do We Still Do It’, both songs guaranteed to keep the die-hards happy.

The album was re-titled Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet for the U.S. market. With the band in an absurdly high tax bracket in the UK, the time was right for them to spend more time stomping and clapping their way across the U.S., while at the same time, the first embers of a game-changing feature film were smouldering in the Slade hearth…..



When Slade Rocked The World

Flamin’ Nora! It’s a Slade movie!!
When it was announced that Slade were making a feature film, most people immediately assumed that the group were going to go the route of Help! and A Hard Day’s Night and make a film that was one long frolic filled with great songs, in keeping with their tendency to put humour and a huge sense of fun at the forefront of their performance.

It was thus understandable that when Flame (or Slade in Flame as it’s usually referred to) was released in 1975, many if not most people were nonplussed by this very dark film about the machinations of the music industry. Filmed in the industrial north of England, the film was set in the ‘60s rather than the present day in an attempt to create a certain distance between the real group and the fictitious one, but the line between fact and fiction never really feels anything less than blurred.

In order to experience life on the road so that they could portray it with greater realism, director Richard Loncraine and screenwriter Andrew Birkin spent two weeks on the road with Slade in the U.S.; the full tour was six weeks, but Flame lore has it that a fortnight of road life was all that they could take before heading home, worn out. The film’s sombre tone and serious subject matter were an unmistakeable attempt to change perceptions of the band quickly, and as career transitions go, it’s a very abrupt shift, akin to going through adolescence in six months rather than four or five years.

The fantastic songs were of course the product of Messrs. Lea and Holder, and the music’s unmistakeable ‘Sladeness’, albeit more mature sounding overall, may be the single most obvious factor in making it nigh on impossible to forget that this is indeed the band beloved by millions. When the film was released in February 1975, the soundtrack LP, released at the end of November ’74, had sold over 200,00 copies in the UK and two singles had been released, ‘Far Far Away’ (UK #2) and ‘How Does It Feel’ (UK #15).

The Flame soundtrack is one of Slade’s most varied albums, with many people citing ‘How Does It Feel?’ as their favourite Slade ballad and one of their favourite Slade songs overall; its aching poignancy stands in sharp contrast to the grimness of much of the film. There is a noticeable movement away from the jokey mis-spelled titles of their storming singles, and the closest they come to that sort of thing is with ‘Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing’, probably the hardest rocker on the album. This the sound of a band stretching their wings, feeling that it’s time for songs and sounds that reflect an evolution and the worldliness and maturity that experience brings.

The film was indeed a turning point in the band’s fortunes, but as so often happens when artists make radical departures which confound expectation, 40 years later Flame is regarded as one of the finest British music films ever made. The Guardian's  Mark Kermode deems it the “Citizen Kane of rock movies”, and even proclaimed it “the best rock movie of all time”. The sound track album is also one of Slade’s best LPs, showcasing the range and nuances of one of rock's great writing partnerships.


When Slade Rocked The World

Boxed Set

Slade are one of Britain’s most popular and enduring bands, standing shoulder to shoulder next to the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who as an immovable part of Britain’s rock firmament, and they’ve been lavishly praised by the likes of Messrs Lennon & McCartney and Mick Jagger, chaps who know a good tune when they hear one.

Described as ‘the missing link between the Beatles and Oasis’ (the latter having covered ’Cum On Feel The Noize’), Slade are never far from British ears and hearts, having created some of the most beloved, indelible songs in the history of popular music.

When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 pays homage to their phenomenal run of hit singles and albums in the early ‘70s, when they seemingly could do no wrong.

The Box Set will contain.

• 4 x vinyl LPs
(Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed and Blue and Slade In Flame) reproduced in their original sleeves, remastered for optimum sound and pressed on 180gm coloured vinyl

• 4 x double sided picture sleeve singles covering the key hits of the period not on the albums –
‘Coz I Love You’ / ‘Look Wot You Dun’
‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome‘ / ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’
‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’ / ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
‘The Bangin’ Man’ / ‘Thanks For The Memory’

• Flexidisc Slade Talk to ‘19’ Readers

• 2 CD collection of the audio on the four vinyl LPs (Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed and Blue and Slade In Flame)

• 10” annual style hardback book featuring reviews, features and memorabilia from each of the key years along with an introduction by Mark Ellen

• Reproduction of George Tremlett’s excellent 1975 book The Slade Story which includes period interviews with all four members and a chronology of tour and release dates up to the time of its publication

• Presented in a sturdy 12” box with foam fitment

THE PLEDGEMUSIC LTD EDITION (1000 COPIES) INCLUDED A SET OF 8 REPRODUCTIONS
OF THE ORIGINAL SLADE IN FLAME FILM LOBBY CARDS! VINYL LP & SINGLES


TRACKLISTINGS

Slayed?
(1) How D’You Ride
(2) The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazee
(3) Look At Last Nite
(4) I Won’t Let It ‘Appen Agen
(5) Move Over
(6) Gudbuy T’Jane
(7) Gudbuy Gudbuy
(8) Mama Weer All Crazee Now
(9) I Don’ Mind
(10) Let The Good Times Roll
(11) Feel So Fine

Slade Alive!
(1) Hear Me Calling
(2) In Like A Shot From My Gun
(3) Darling Be Home Soon
(4) Know Who You Are
(5) Keep On Rocking
(6) Get Down With It
(7) Born To Be Wild

Old New Borrowed And Blue
(1) Just Want A Little Bit
(2) When The Lights Are Out
(3) My Town
(4) Find Yourself A Rainbow
(5) Miles Out To Sea
(6) We’re Really Gonna Raise The Roof
(7) Do We Still Do It
(8) How Can It Be
(9) Don’t Blame Me
(10) My Friend Stan
(11) Everyday
(12) Good Time Gals

Slade In Flame
(1) How Does It Feel
(2) Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing
(3) So Far So Good
(4) Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)
(5) O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
(6) Far Far Away
(7) This Girl
(8) Lay It Down
(9) Heaven Knows
(10) Standin’ On The Corner

4 Double A side picture sleeve singles

‘Coz I Luv You’ / ‘Look Wot You Dun’
‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome ‘ / ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’
‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’ / ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
‘The Bangin’ Man’ / ‘Thanks For The Memory’

CD Collection Tracklisting
CD 1
Slayed?

(1) How D’You Ride
(2) The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazee
(3) Look At Last Nite
(4) I Won’t Let It ‘Appen Agen
(5) Move Over
(6) Gudbuy T’Jane
(7) Gudbuy Gudbuy
(8) Mama Weer All Crazee Now
(9) I Don’ Mind
(10) Let The Good Times Roll
(11) Feel So Fine

Slade Alive!
(1) Hear Me Calling
(2) In Like A Shot From My Gun
(3) Darling Be Home Soon
(4) Know Who You Are
(5) Keep On Rocking
(6) Get Down With It
(7) Born To Be Wild

CD 2
Old New Borrowed And Blue

(1) Just Want A Little Bit
(2) When The Lights Are Out
(3) My Town
(4) Find Yourself A Rainbow
(5) Miles Out To Sea
(6) We’re Really Gonna Raise The Roof
(7) Do We Still Do It
(8) How Can It Be
(9) Don’t Blame Me
(10) My Friend Stan
(11) Everyday
(12) Good Time Gals

Slade In Flame
(1) How Does It Feel
(2) Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing
(3) So Far So Good
(4) Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)
(5) O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
(6) Far Far Away
(7) This Girl
(8) Lay It Down
(9) Heaven Knows
(10) Standin’ On The Corner

 

WHEN SLADE ROCKED THE WORLD

When Slade rocked the world

Boxed Set

NOTE: Due to licensing restrictions this campaign is NOT available to Pledgers in the US, Canada or Japan.

Pre-order one of two configurations of the Deluxe Edition Slade Box Set on PledgeMusic, including a version exclusive to Pledge.

Slade are one of Britain’s most popular and enduring bands, standing shoulder to shoulder next to the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who as an immovable part of Britain’s rock firmament, and they’ve been lavishly praised by the likes of Messrs Lennon & McCartney and Mick Jagger, chaps who know a good tune when they hear one.

Described as ‘the missing link between the Beatles and Oasis’ (the latter having covered ’Cum On Feel The Noize’), Slade are never far from British ears and hearts, having created some of the most beloved, indelible songs in the history of popular music.

When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 pays homage to their phenomenal run of hit singles and albums in the early ‘70s, when they seemingly could do no wrong.

The Box Set will contain.

• 4 x vinyl LPs
(Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed and Blue and Slade In Flame) reproduced in their original sleeves, remastered for optimum sound and pressed on 180gm coloured vinyl

• 4 x double sided picture sleeve singles covering the key hits of the period not on the albums –
‘Coz I Love You’ / ‘Look Wot You Dun’
‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome‘ / ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’
‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’ / ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
‘The Bangin’ Man’ / ‘Thanks For The Memory’

• Flexidisc Slade Talk to ‘19’ Readers

• 2 CD collection of the audio on the four vinyl LPs (Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed and Blue and Slade In Flame)

• 10” annual style hardback book featuring reviews, features and memorabilia from each of the key years along with an introduction by Mark Ellen

• Reproduction of George Tremlett’s excellent 1975 book The Slade Story which includes period interviews with all four members and a chronology of tour and release dates up to the time of its publication

• Presented in a sturdy 12” box with foam fitment

THE PLEDGEMUSIC LTD EDITION (1000 COPIES) INCLUDED A SET OF 8 REPRODUCTIONS
OF THE ORIGINAL SLADE IN FLAME FILM LOBBY CARDS! VINYL LP & SINGLES

TRACKLISTINGS

Slayed?
(1) How D’You Ride
(2) The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazee
(3) Look At Last Nite
(4) I Won’t Let It ‘Appen Agen
(5) Move Over
(6) Gudbuy T’Jane
(7) Gudbuy Gudbuy
(8) Mama Weer All Crazee Now
(9) I Don’ Mind
(10) Let The Good Times Roll
(11) Feel So Fine

Slade Alive!
(1) Hear Me Calling
(2) In Like A Shot From My Gun
(3) Darling Be Home Soon
(4) Know Who You Are
(5) Keep On Rocking
(6) Get Down With It
(7) Born To Be Wild

Old New Borrowed And Blue
(1) Just Want A Little Bit
(2) When The Lights Are Out
(3) My Town
(4) Find Yourself A Rainbow
(5) Miles Out To Sea
(6) We’re Really Gonna Raise The Roof
(7) Do We Still Do It
(8) How Can It Be
(9) Don’t Blame Me
(10) My Friend Stan
(11) Everyday
(12) Good Time Gals

Slade In Flame
(1) How Does It Feel
(2) Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing
(3) So Far So Good
(4) Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)
(5) O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
(6) Far Far Away
(7) This Girl
(8) Lay It Down
(9) Heaven Knows
(10) Standin’ On The Corner

4 Double A side picture sleeve singles

‘Coz I Luv You’ / ‘Look Wot You Dun’
‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome ‘ / ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’
‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’ / ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
‘The Bangin’ Man’ / ‘Thanks For The Memory’

CD Collection Tracklisting
CD 1
Slayed?

(1) How D’You Ride
(2) The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazee
(3) Look At Last Nite
(4) I Won’t Let It ‘Appen Agen
(5) Move Over
(6) Gudbuy T’Jane
(7) Gudbuy Gudbuy
(8) Mama Weer All Crazee Now
(9) I Don’ Mind
(10) Let The Good Times Roll
(11) Feel So Fine

Slade Alive!
(1) Hear Me Calling
(2) In Like A Shot From My Gun
(3) Darling Be Home Soon
(4) Know Who You Are
(5) Keep On Rocking
(6) Get Down With It
(7) Born To Be Wild

CD 2
Old New Borrowed And Blue

(1) Just Want A Little Bit
(2) When The Lights Are Out
(3) My Town
(4) Find Yourself A Rainbow
(5) Miles Out To Sea
(6) We’re Really Gonna Raise The Roof
(7) Do We Still Do It
(8) How Can It Be
(9) Don’t Blame Me
(10) My Friend Stan
(11) Everyday
(12) Good Time Gals

Slade In Flame
(1) How Does It Feel
(2) Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing
(3) So Far So Good
(4) Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)
(5) O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
(6) Far Far Away
(7) This Girl
(8) Lay It Down
(9) Heaven Knows
(10) Standin’ On The Corner

Take me bak 'ome


The NME have placed Mama weer all crazee now at number 2 in their top 20 of important number one UK singles. Excellent taste, chaps.


Don Powell's biography has been a long time coming. Having proof-read it, I can tell you it's excellent. The book is subject to contract with an established publisher and I would hope 2013 will see you all appreciating Lise's very hard work on it. Book blog here.

Lise and Don


December 18th 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the last full REAL Slade show in the UK.

21st December 2013: BBC4 SLADE Night line up:

SLADE NIGHT BBC4
9pm         It's SLADE,
9.50pm    SLADE @ theBBC,
10.50pm  SLADE in Flame,

Slade @ theBBC will also be repeated early Saturday 22nd December.


The new edition of Uncut (Bruce Springsteen on the cover) has a four page article on the making of 'Merry Christmas Everybody'.


Noddy Holder announces series of 'An evening with...' shows for 2013.
"An evening with NODDY HOLDER in conversation with MARK RADCLIFFE"

9th May 2013  The Place, Telford                01952 382382   
10th May 2013  Buxton, Opera House         0845 1272190  
11th May 2013  Gala Theatre, Durham         0191 332 4041
12th May 2013  Bolton, Albert Halls             01204 334400
16th May 2013  Leeds City Varieties           0113 243 0808 
17th May 2013  Redditch Palace Theatre     01527 65203 
18th May 2013  Preston Charter Theatre      0844 844 7710
19th May 2013  Harrogate Theatre               01423 502116  

The promotional blurb is far too embarrassing to put on here, but feel free to go and sit and watch Nod do a Q&A with his mate about when he used to go out being a pop star 30 or more years ago.



Noddy Holder co-hosted the Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Memorial concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Saturday 15th September 2012.

Nod co-hosted the event with Lynsey De Paul. Performers on the night included: T.Rextasy, Alvin Stardust, Steve Harley, Boy George, Rick Wakeman, Tony Visconti, Howard Casey, Glen Matlock, Linda Lewis and others.


Planet Rock Greatest Rock Single results 2012:
30) DEEP PURPLE - BURN
31) SLADE - CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE
32) Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

NODDY HOLDER
Venue: Komedia, Brighton. Date: Thursday 7th June 2012. Doors: 7.30pm, stage, 8pm.
Tickets: £8.50 (£5.50 concessions) / £7.50 for advance online booking. Hosted by Briggy Smale.

PLEASE NOTE : The venue has been staging a series of interviews before a paying audience.
It is highly unlikely there will be any 'music performance' at this event and it is not advertised as such.


2012

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SLADE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE! (2011)
Join the Facebook campaign HERE


ROBIN ZANDER INTERVIEW
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick (who recorded a corking version of 'When the lights are out' on their last album 'The Latest' - available from Amazon UK / USA ) says some nice things about Slade in an interview with OffBeat published on 1st November 2011. Read it here.


SLADE ALIVE IN CLASSIC ROCK MAG
The December 2011 issue of Classic Rock Magazine contains a 24 page supplement entitled ''The Live Albums That Changed The World''. Slade are included with a full page feature on Slade Alive.


ANOTHER WIN':
A Slade recording of an Andy Miller song, 'Another Win' dating from around 1979 (also recorded by Status Quo without ever being released) and previously unissued anywhere before, has surfaced on YouTube, courtesy of Slade In England. Great to hear such a fine 'new' recording of such a good song. Watch a video here.


NODDY'S SAUSAGE THING:
Legendary rock star Noddy Holder is to take up the British banger challenge by becoming the face of Bpex’s 14th annual British Sausage Week. Holder, the [former] front man of band Slade, will have the task of touring the country to judge the best sausages entered in the two competitions during the week’s festivities.

Holder said: “The great British Banger is a genuine legend, with incredible stories about recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. I can’t wait to get on the road and judge the best of the best bangers out there and find out what makes those humble sausages we eat week-in, week-out so special!” British Sausage Week ran from 31 October to 6 November 2011 and featured a nationwide PR campaign featuring hundreds of businesses and establishments.

Nod's latest wheeze, indeed...


SLADEST 2011 reissue

Sladest

Released in the UK in September 1973, Sladest emulated recent Slade singles by going straight to the top of the charts. After relinquishing the summit and hovering around the Top Ten towards the end of the year, it climbed back up to the Number One spot in early 1974 in the wake of the huge success of their next single Merry Xmas Everybody. That seasonal smash wasn't included on the album, but Sladest did contain all of Slade's hits up to that point, as well as several singles released prior to their chart breakthrough and a handful of tracks from their underrated second album (released late in 1970), Play It Loud.

Salvo's version has been expanded by the inclusion of three further highlights from the period concerned - the No. 2 hit My Friend Stan, its no-nonsense, rocking B-side My Town and the ingenious Django Reinhardt / Stephane Grappelli pastiche Kill Em At The Hot Club Tonite (the B-side of Skweeze Me Pleeze Me) - plus a previously unreleased version of Hear Me Calling, the track with which they opened their live show for many years. The latter recording, more tightly structured than the classic, build-to-a-roar Slade Alive version (though featuring an almost identical guitar solo from Dave Hill), lay entirely forgotten until recently discovered on a vinyl acetate which was once the property of drummer Don Powell - and serves to further strengthen the appeal of what is, to many, Slade's strongest album. Capturing the band at the height of the glam rock fame, it contains some of the very best pop songs of the seventies.

Order Sladest here!
Released on September 19, 2011.


Noddy Holder interviewed for Mail Online 04.08.2011 By Rob Mcgibbon reproduced here


A 750-copy limited vinyl pressing of 'Beginnings' is available on BLUE TOWN RECORDS from Record Collector magazine. This 1969 record mixes the band's own psychedelic rock originals with covers from sources as diverse as Lennon / McCartney, Marvin Gaye and The Idle Race.

Beginnings is a strictly limited edition with a numbered certificate signed by the Editor of the Rare Record Price Guide, Ian Shirley. There are also exclusive colour sleeve notes included, featuring alternative artwork, press cuttings etc..

Ambrose Slade

Reviewed here


Wienerworld's proposed DVD, 'Slade: Rare and unseen' has had its release date cancelled indefinitely. They confirm that the actual programme hasn't been put together yet, so at the moment it doesn't actually exist- apart from the cover design. Therefore NO promo copies have been sent out - so don't fall for idiot hoaxers trying to sell them to you. It MAY turn up at some point, however, so we eagerly await news of any further developments.

Slade - rare and unseen


Dave Hill has recovered well from the stroke that he had while on tour in Europe. Slade have resumed their tour schedule.


Congratulations to the Holder family, Noddy has become a Grandfather.