Chris Slade

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Chris Slade
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Chris Slade, 2008.
Background information
Birth name Christopher Rees
Born (1946-10-30) 30 October 1946 (age 68)
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Drummer
Years active 1964–present
Labels Bronze, EMI, Albert Productions, InsideOut Music, Atlantic, Interscope
Associated acts Toomorrow, Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Paul Rodgers, The Firm, AC/DC, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group, David Gilmour

Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees; 30 October 1946) is a Welsh rock drummer. He is best known for being the drummer for AC/DC from 1989 to 1994, performing on their 1990 album The Razors Edge, and returning to the band as a touring member in February 2015.[1][2] He has also played with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Tom Jones, Toomorrow, the Firm, and Asia.[3]

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.[3] 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. According to Slade, after working on demos for the following album, Ballbreaker, Malcolm Young called Slade and told him they wanted to try a reunion with former drummer Phil Rudd. Slade replied, "That's me out then, I'm gone." Young said that he wanted to keep Slade on hand if Rudd's return did not work out, but Slade refused. However, he had made statements that he still got on well with AC/DC and "it was an honour and a privilege to play with those guys".[4]

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 has fronted an AC/DC tribute band called Chris Slade Steel Circle, and also tours 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.[5]

On 7 February 2015, Slade confirmed on his Facebook page that the AC/DC drum stool is "under old management." The next day, he performed with AC/DC at the Grammys. Additionally, Slade will serve as the band's drummer for the duration of their 2015 tour.


With Tom Jones[edit]

With Toomorrow[edit]

With Tom Paxton[edit]

  • How Come The Sun (1971)

With Manfred Mann's Earth Band[edit]

With Terra Nova[edit]

  • Terra Nova (1978)

With Kai Olsson[edit]

  • Crazy Love (1979)

With Frankie Miller[edit]

  • Falling in Love (1979)

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]

  • Creator of Worlds

With Damage Control[edit]

  • Damage Control (2007)
  • Raw (2008)

With MIWA[edit]

  • My Wish Is Your Command (2011)


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