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SLADE / CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE 8/5/1977

I could hardly believe it. 'Be', from the new album was next and it must be the most difficult thing they've ever attempted. The guitars said their piece, then Noddy and Jimmy Lea in miraculous unison tore through a tongue twisting lyric at impossible speed. A guy in front ......................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / RAINBOW THEATRE, LONDON 12/5/1977

"ELLO LONDON, we're Slade, do ya remember us?" "Yes, yes, yes, yes!!" Crash crash, bang, straight into 'Hear me Calling', the crowd are on their feet stomping and hollering. Idiot dancers surround me on all sides, I feel like an old age pensioner. Showers of dandruff cling to sweaty..........................READ MORE

 

SLADE / GAUMONT, IPSWICH 28/5/1977

It was never easy being a Slade fan, in particular when the band were suffering their worse popularity crisis since they hit the big time. we all had to put up with good natured jibes and banter from friends who just didn't get Slade at all. I had last seen Slade live way back in 1975 at............................READ MORE

 

SLADE / SPORTSCENTRE, CRAWLEY 23/3/78

Disappointed promoter Nick Wilson, the man who must shoulder the huge losses, said: "I take small consolation in the fact that I, and the rest of the audience, witnessed the greatest rock show this town has ever seen." It was difficult to disagree with Noddy Holder, the band's .................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON 15/4/1978

Though by no means a packed house, the Odeon audience was at one with Noddy and the lads -- and this was both good and bad. It was good because Slade needed a welcome. It was bad because some of the audience were too fanatical to give the support band The Brakes.....................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON 15/4/1978

Back in the days when I was but a wee teeny bopper, Slade were my idols. Never mind The Osmonds; Slade, Bowie, Bolan, they were my heritage at a time when I thought New York Dolls were Tiny Tears colonial cousins. If six years ago I had been offered a couple of tickets to..................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / MUSIC MACHINE, LONDON 30/10/1978 ( Melody Maker)

Whether on the quintessentially Wolverhampton wistfulness of "Everyday" or the shotgun marriage of "That's Alright Mama" and " My Baby Left Me", the Slade stamp is unmistakable. A more objective producer than longtime svengali Chas Chandler might be the catalyst to....................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / MUSIC MACHINE, LONDON 30/10/1978

IT WAS like 1973 all over again. Gary Glitter on the disco, even a member of the Glitter Band amongst the liggers. The crowd was a strange mixture of skinheads, erstwhile fans and even a few tinyboppers brought along by mum and dad (or was it mum and dad who were the fans?)...........................READ MORE

 

SLADE / WEMBLEY ARENA, 29/11/1978

What a jolly old way for the street reared to spend a night: to roll up, blow a fiver on yer ticket, eighty pee on a programme, select your T-shirt, sweat shirt, badge, poster, souvenir, keepsake. The world of the big glamour biz banks at the wave's expense, at its leisure.....................................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / BAILEYS NIGHTCLUB, WATFORD 3/3/1979

If ever a group personifies the volatile nature of the pop game then it's Slade. For two years from 1972 they could do no wrong....had even the heaviest critics foaming at the mouth about how wonderful they were.They had credibility with a big C. long before Jimmy Pursey was fostering......................READ MORE

SLADE / STUDENTS UNION / HULL 8/3/1979

 

The crowd, thrusting fists forward and jiving to every number, did not seem to worry on the night of the student's union ball, but as an old Slade fan who loved their early arrogance and heavy originality, the performance was a big disappointment for me. An encore of the sublime 'Mama....................READ MORE

 

SLADE / UNIVERSITY, BRADFORD, 21/3/1979

Half way through the set Noddy Holder told the circle to "Get up and feel good." The people upstairs remained calm and collected, they weren't going to make fools of themselves.....but how wrong they were. The spotlights changed direction and instead of beaming their spectacular...................READ MORE

 

SLADE /MUSIC MACHINE, LONDON 20/10/1979

This conditioning has detracted from the fact that they are impeccable musicians. Sure, Dave Hill still wiggles his bum while teetering dangerously on his high heels, but his guitar playing is always fresh, assured and entertaining - even without the lunatic visuals.............................................................READ MORE

 

SLADE /MUSIC MACHINE, LONDON 13/12/1979

OK YOU lot down there on the dance floor. Put your left foot in, take your left foot out, in out, in out shake it all about, do the hokey cokey.....Hey, this ain't rock 'n' roll, this is genocide! Folks are gonna get Slayed!! At any ususl gig perhaps, but this was different..................................................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / NORBRECK CASTLE NITE SPOT 18/6/1980

After a "quiet" period of four years Slade blasted their way back into the consciousness of the converted and the curious at the Norbreck Nite Spot. Anyone on the streets of Blackburn probably also got an earful."Come On Feel The Noize" - one of a selection............................................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / MARQUEE CLUB, LONDON 23/6/1980

They haven't changed, they look the same, they played a lot of the same songs (the new ones sounded the same), Noddy pulled the same dumb faces, but I didn't feel the same. They are a great rock 'n' roll band. I fortunately couldn't hear Noddy's frenetic voice....................................................................READ MORE

 

SLADE / ROCK GARDEN, MIDDLESBOROUGH, 24/6/1980

It was a perfect venue for Slade who had been the biggest band in the land a few years before, but were now seemingly on a never ending tour of clubs, chicken in a basket pubs, cabaret and ballroom venues in an effort to regain their place at the top table. In the fickle world...............................READ MORE

 

SLADE /READING ROCK 80' - 24/08/1980

It didn't take long, it never does, for the festival rumours to start up, they abound, rumours and misinformation spreads out of control and after a million Chinese whispers bears no similarity to the truth. That year, the first rumour I heard was that Ted Nugent........................................................READ MORE

 

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