CHRIS SLADE


Chris Slade, born in 1946 in Wales, is an HARD ROCK drummer with an amazing career.

His professional musical journey started 1963 with famous pop star Tom Jones and played drums in The Squires (TJ's backing band) for seven years.

His first real big success came in 1965 when the evergreen single ‘It’s Not Unusual’ was recorded. Chris after toured with Tom Jones all over the world before joining a group called“Toomorrow”, with Olivia Newton-John as singer.

Next Chris Slade recorded albums with Tony Hazzard and Tom Paxton in 1970, before joining Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1971. He recorded eight albums and achieving three UK Top Ten singles : ”Joybringer’ (No. 9, 1973), ‘Blinded By The Light’ (No. 6, 1976 & #1 USA) and ‘Davy’s On The Road Again’ (No.6,1978).

Chris, with some other former Earth Band members, also headed up a short-lived off-shoot of the band that Chris had named “Terra Nova” in 1978, publishing one recording and a live shows. After the Earth Band era, Chris recorded two albums in 1979, with Frankie Miller and with Kai Olsson, before joining Uriah Heep for ‘Conquest’ album in 1980.

After that, Slade with Gary Numan was involved in the Assasin album & touring.

Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs wanted Slade in The Mick Ralphs Band – that same line-up also toured as the band for Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour on his About Face Tour in 1984.

Next he joined Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers and Tony Franklin in “The Firm” project in 1984.

The Firm produced two excellent albums for Atlantic in 1985 and 1986. Then Chris joined up with Gary Moore on a temporary basis, taking over from Cozy Powell just four days before the start of the 1989 ‘After The War’ tour.

After this tour Chris wanted to put together a band with ex-Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay.

But in these times arrived the call from AC/DC, playing and touring on “Razors Edge” Album, giving an unbelievable performance on their concert DVD “Live from Donington" and on single BIG GUN.

After his experience with AC/DC, Chris joined up with 80’s prog-rock band “Asia”, recording with them on their album “Aura” and “Silent Nation”. Having parted ways with “Asia” in 2005 to pursue other musical ventures, Chris made an album with english power trio”Damage Control” with Pete Way of “UFO” and Robin George. Slade then worked with Michael Schenker off and on between 2005 and 2010 as well as touring extensively worldwide.

During this time has launched a new band ‘THE CHRIS SLADE TIMELINE’ to mark 50 years as a professional drummer. Next the recall from AC/DC for the ROCK OR BUST tour and these are our days..


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