Chris Slade

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Chris Slade
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Chris Slade, 2008.
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Rees
Born(1946-10-30) 30 October 1946 (age 67)
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock, progressive rock
OccupationsDrummer
Years active1964–present
LabelsBronze, EMI, Albert Productions, InsideOut Music, Atlantic, Interscope
Associated actsToomorrow, Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Paul Rodgers, The Firm, AC/DC, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group
Websitewww.chrisslade.net
 
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Chris Slade
Chris Slade.JPG
Chris Slade, 2008.
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Rees
Born(1946-10-30) 30 October 1946 (age 67)
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock, progressive rock
OccupationsDrummer
Years active1964–present
LabelsBronze, EMI, Albert Productions, InsideOut Music, Atlantic, Interscope
Associated actsToomorrow, Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Paul Rodgers, The Firm, AC/DC, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group
Websitewww.chrisslade.net

Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees; 30 October 1946) is a Welsh rock drummer. He is best known as the drummer for Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Asia and the Australian rock band AC/DC for their The Razors Edge album.[1]

Early life & career[edit]

Slade was born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales. He has worked with Gary Numan, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton-John (as co-members of the band Toomorrow), and Uriah Heep. He was a member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band from 1972 to 1978. In the mid-1980s, Slade played with Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page in The Firm.[1] He has played with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Gary Moore on his 1989 world tour.

Slade received his highest exposure in November 1989 when he was asked to join the Australian hard rock band AC/DC after their then-drummer Simon Wright had departed. AC/DC were signed to the same management company as Gary Moore who Slade had just finished touring with. The Young brothers (Angus and Malcolm) initially hired Slade only temporarily through management, then asked him during the recording of the only album he made with them, to join the band. Slade played on The Razors Edge album in 1990 and the accompanying world tour, and the "Big Gun" single released in 1993. The Young brothers, however, asked Slade to leave after nearly five years with the group and reinstated former drummer Phil Rudd, saying that Rudd had demonstrated a "groove" more fitting their style of rock.[citation needed]

After his departure, Slade spent a few years living in the UK countryside before receiving a call from Geoff Downes from the British progressive rock group Asia. Slade was with Asia for six years, before departing in September 2005.

Slade now fronts an AC/DC tribute band called Chris Slade Steel Circle, and is touring with The Chris Slade Timeline - a band formed to celebrate 50 years as a rock drummer. The band takes music from all aspects of his lengthy career.[2]

Discography[edit]

With Tom Jones[edit]

With Toomorrow[edit]

With Tom Paxton[edit]

With Manfred Mann's Earth Band[edit]

With Terra Nova[edit]

With Kai Olsson[edit]

With Frankie Miller[edit]

With Uriah Heep[edit]

With Gary Numan[edit]

With Denny Laine[edit]

With David Gilmour[edit]

With The Firm[edit]

With AC/DC[edit]

With Asia[edit]

With Bloodstock[edit]

With Damage Control[edit]

With MIWA[edit]

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