Slade II's current tour schedule can be found here.
February / March 2017:
New videos from Dave Hill and Unbound.
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 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)
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.
CLICK HERE to join the pledge regarding DAVE HILL'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. 'DAVE HILL ' MY STORY'.
Unsure about pre-ordering Dave Hill's book? Hopefully this will clarify things for you. If you have not pledged 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 you a discount on your first purchase, which you can then use against the Dave Hill book. It is currently 38% funded.
Some of you are saying that you will wait until it appears on amazon or Ebay or wherever. There is no guarantee that it will ever appear on ANY other sites than Unbound until a certain number of people have ordered it from their site. The current priority is therefore to get people to order it from Unbound. Anyone who waits for an alternative outlet is just stopping the book from being published. That will also probably be the cheapest way to buy the book, as they will be the sole publisher and distributor.
If Dave does not get enough advance orders for his book, those who have pledged will be emailed and can claim a immediate refund by emailing back requesting one. The book is not going to magically appear somewhere else if this pledge campaign fails. The site is completely reputable and is fully secure, or it would not be on this page. An ebook version only costs £10 and counts towards the publication target.
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:
Which formats do you have a fair collection of Slade records?
Which of the following Slade books do you own or intend to buy?
SLADE II (Slade nowadays):
Have you bought their album 'Keep on Rockin'?
Would you buy a new Slade album without Nod and Jim on it?
Would you buy a box set of the vinyl editions of the albums between Nobody's Fools and Return to Base?
Do you own Jim Lea's Therapy album?
Don is pleased to finally announce that he will be touring Australia with the band QSP (Quatro, Scott and Powell) in February 2017.
The first pressings of Don's new album with QSP (Quatro, Scott and Powell) have been made!
14. 21st Century Thing? [bonus track]
15. Thank God It's Friday Right Now [bonus track]
16. Am I The Greatest Now? [bonus track]
Thank you for your support."
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.
"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
SLADE WIN AIM AWARD FOR 'WHEN SLADE ROCKED THE WORLD' BOX SET HERE (7.9.2016)
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.
THE PLEDGEMUSIC LTD EDITION (1000 COPIES) INCLUDED A SET OF 8 REPRODUCTIONS
Old New Borrowed And Blue
Slade In Flame
4 Double A side picture sleeve singles
‘Coz I Luv You’ / ‘Look Wot You Dun’
CD Collection Tracklisting
Slade In Flame
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.
21st December 2013: BBC4 SLADE Night line up:
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 tickets
10th May 2013 Buxton, Opera House 0845 1272190 tickets
11th May 2013 Gala Theatre, Durham 0191 332 4041 tickets
12th May 2013 Bolton, Albert Halls 01204 334400 tickets
16th May 2013 Leeds City Varieties 0113 243 0808 tickets
17th May 2013 Redditch Palace Theatre 01527 65203 tickets
18th May 2013 Preston Charter Theatre 0844 844 7710 tickets
19th May 2013 Harrogate Theatre 01423 502116 tickets
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 include:- T.Rextasy, Alvin Stardust, Steve Harley, Boy George, Rick Wakeman, Tony Visconti, Howard Casey, Glen Matlock, Linda Lewis and others.
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.
SLADE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE! (2011)
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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.
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.
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..
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.
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.