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 69)
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments drums, percussion
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
Notable instruments

Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees; 30 October 1946) is a British rock musician, and the drummer for the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He previously drummed for the band from 1989 to 1994, performing on their 1990 album The Razors Edge, and returned to the band in February 2015 in the absence of Phil Rudd.[1][2] Slade has also played with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Tom Jones, Toomorrow, the Firm and Asia.[3]

Early life & career[edit]

Slade was born Christopher Rees 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.[citation needed]

Slade received his highest exposure in November 1989 when he was asked to join 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.[citation needed] 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."[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Slade has fronted an AC/DC tribute band called Chris Slade Steel Circle, and toured 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] In Slade’s absence, the band continues to tour under the name Centaur Parting.[6]

Return to AC/DC[edit]

Speculation regarding Slade's return to AC/DC started shortly after Phil Rudd’s legal troubles became public.[7] In a December 2014 podcast by Chris Jericho, Jericho mentioned that he had it on good authority that Slade would be returning to AC/DC.[8] Slade was photographed signing albums with the band on 7 February 2015.[9] After the photo appeared publicly, Slade finally admitted that he was going to be the band’s drummer and admitted to secrecy surrounding his return, and stated that it was done for the right reasons.[10] Since Slade's return, the band has issued a statement stating that, “Chris Slade will be on drums for the upcoming Rock or Bust world tour.”[11] Since that time, in addition to playing live, Slade has appeared in all promotional photos taken with the band and appeared in the music video for the single, “Rock the Blues Away.” In late April 2015, AC/DC's official web site listed him as the band's drummer.[12]


Slade endorses Drum Workshop drums, pedals and hardware,[13][14] Paiste cymbals,[14][15] Remo drumheads[14] and Pro-Mark drumsticks.[14] Before switching to DW, he previously endorsed Pearl drums, pedals and hardware.[13]


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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  3. ^ a b Hill, Gary. "Biography: Chris Slade". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chris Slade on AC/DC, Tom Jones, Jimmy Page, Gary Numan, and more". Music Radar. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Official Chris Slade Website. Drum Icon Chris Slade invites all his fans to stop in and see whats new in Sladeyland". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Chris Slade TimeLine". Chris Slade. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Who should be AC/DC's new drummer?". UT San Diego. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chris Jericho Podcast with Chris Slade". Chris Jericho. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Chris Slade Photographed With AC/DC At Grammy Event". Ultimate Classic Rock. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Chris Slade Confirms Return to AC/DC". Ultimate Classic Rock. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "AC/DC confirm Chris Slade will replace Phil Rudd on their 2015 tour". The Guardian. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Band, The Official AC/DC Website". Sony Music Entertainment. 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
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