Earl Slick

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Earl Slick

Slick in 2011
Background information
Birth nameFrank Madeloni
Born(1952-10-01) 1 October 1952 (age 59)
Staten Island, New York, United States
GenresBlues rock, hard rock, alternative rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1970s - present
Associated actsPhantom, Rocker & Slick, David Bowie, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy
 
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Earl Slick

Slick in 2011
Background information
Birth nameFrank Madeloni
Born(1952-10-01) 1 October 1952 (age 59)
Staten Island, New York, United States
GenresBlues rock, hard rock, alternative rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1970s - present
Associated actsPhantom, Rocker & Slick, David Bowie, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy

Earl Slick (born Frank Madeloni in Staten Island, New York, 1 October 1952) is a guitarist best known for his collaborations with David Bowie, Jim Diamond and Robert Smith, although he has also worked with other artists including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John Waite and David Coverdale, in addition to releasing several solo recordings.

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Musical career

In the early 1970s, Earl Slick gained his reputation on New York music scene as a talented, skillful rock guitarist while playing in a band called Mack Truck featuring both singer/songwriter Jimmie Mack and his brother, drummer Jack Mack. His work with Scottish singer/songwriter Jim Diamond was as the duo Slick Diamond. They toured and gave performances for a short time in the late 1970s.

Slick was initially hired by David Bowie to replace Mick Ronson as lead guitarist for the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 (the live album David Live was culled from this tour). Slick also played lead guitar on Bowie's Young Americans and Station To Station albums, released in 1975 and 1976 respectively. It was Slick's powerful playing that made the latter album's "Stay" an enduring favourite of fans of Bowie and of guitar virtuosity alike. After running afoul of Bowie's management, Slick was replaced as lead guitarist for the Station To Station tour (1976), his role being taken by Stacey Heydon. Slick continued working in the studio with Leo Sayer, Ian Hunter, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono, but also formed his own solo band.

Slick in 1983 during David Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour

Slick returned to Bowie for 1983's Serious Moonlight Tour, which supported the Let's Dance album. Ironically, Slick, who had been ousted as lead guitarist from Bowie's 1976 tour, was the last-minute lead-guitarist replacement for this 1983 tour, substituting for Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Slick then formed Phantom, Rocker & Slick with Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker. In 1990, Slick collaborated with former Giuffria frontman David Glen Eisley under the name Dirty White Boy, which only saw one album, Bad Reputation (1990), and industry showcases in London and Los Angeles. He also played briefly in Little Caesar in 1991-92.

The early 2000s saw Slick return to Bowie's roster, appearing on the tours supporting the Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003) albums. From 2006 he was a member of both The Eons with singer, songwriter Jeff Saphin and Slinky Vagabond. Slinky Vagabond are Glen Matlock, Clem Burke, and Keanan Duffty. Slinky Vagabond (the name comes from the lyrics to the David Bowie song "Young Americans") played their debut concert at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in May 2007.[1]

On February 11, 2011, UK-based Noble PR announced Slick had joined the New York Dolls for their March UK tour.[2] New York Dolls' rhythm guitarist Sylvain Sylvain confirmed the report, "We made some calls and now we finally have got Earl Slick playing guitar. So Earl's going to be joining us for the upcoming tour. He's the newest member of the New York Dolls, if I can put that right now."[3]

In a December 2011 interview featured in Sound Check Magazine, Earl Slick revealed that he is currently collaborating with up-and-coming indie artist, Me of a Kind. [4]

Solo discography

With Phantom, Rocker, and Slick

Equipment

Amps

Pickups

Endorsements and Other Ventures

In 2010, Slick announced that he had begun marketing his own line of customized guitar straps, called Slick Straps, in an exclusive distribution deal with Guitar Fetish, an online guitar customizing and shop.[7] In addition to the Slick Straps line, Slick has been quoted as endorsing the GFS line of guitar effects pedals marketed by Guitar Fetish.[8]

In January 2011, Framus International announced the release of the Earl Slick Signature Model guitar which debuted at the Winter 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim, California.[9]

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