Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2018: Thousands expected in city for event starting this week
Express & Star, Annabal Bagdi 22.1.2018:
Thousands of literary lovers are set to pour into the heart of the city when a festival bursts into life this week.
Almost 100 acts will help bring an eclectic mix of music, art, theatre and comedy to the city for the second Wolverhampton Literature Festival.
Slade drummer Don Powell, Magnum keyboardist Mark Stanway, Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis and author Lynsey Hanley will also feature.
Drummers in Express & Star
Express & Star, Kirsten Rawlins 19.1.2018:
'I was the first exploding drummer': Herman’s Hermits' Barry Whitwam speaks ahead of 60s shows in Wolverhampton and Birmingham - including hilarious tales of touring with The Who, meeting Elvis and his mate Don Powell.
Barry will play alongside the current line-up of Herman's Hermits at Wolverhampton Grand on Saturday, February 3, for The Sensational 60s Experience show.
He has plenty of memories of performing in the Midlands back in his heyday - and is also friends with Bilston drummer Don Powell from Slade.
"Don Powell’s brilliant, he’s a complete nutter - some of the stories he’s got to tell…," chuckled Barry.
Slade on Finnish Radio January 2018
23.1.2018 Yöradio - tunti 70-lukua
1. SLADE - Everyday
2. EAGLES - After The Thrill Is Gone
9. KATE BUSH - Wuthering Heights
10. NAZARETH - Love hurts
15. RAULI BADDING SOMERJOKI - Paratiisi
24.1.2018 Rock-etsivä ja avaruuslain aika
1. The Rezillos: Flying Saucer Attack (1978)
2. Hawkwind: Silver machine (1972)
10. Slade: I'm Mee, I'm Now, An' That's Orl (1973)
11. Blackfoot Sue: Standing in the road (1972)
12. Patti Smith Group: Dancing barefoot (1979)
John Berry 15 years with Slade 23.1.2018
John Berry 23.1.2018: "I did my first show with Slade in Holland 15 years ago today, which makes me the longest serving member (apart from the original 4 of course). Here's to another 15 years!"
Slade's first gig in 2018 at Giants of rock in Minehead, UK on Sunday 28.1.2018.
Radio Suomi (Finland), Entisten nuorten sävellähja: Slade, Janis, Ratsia...
Some great tracks on Saturday 20th January 2018 on Radio Suomi: Janis Joplin: Cry Baby, Slade: My Baby Left Me (Alive vol 2), Ratsia: Tämä hetki ja tulevaisuus...
The best female singer, the best finnish rock band, and the best rock group... Janis would have been 75 years on 19th January... actually about the same age as Dave and Don (72 later in 2018) who keep on rockin' still, and My Baby Left Me is in their set list. Next time on 28th January at Giants of Rock in Minehead. Not Move Over (Slayed? 1972) though.
Pertti: "Haastan enskaan Slade-fanit 70-luvulta." "No, nyt kolahti isoon porukkaan..."
Slade star Don Powell starring at Wolverhampton Literary Festival
Express & Star, Andy Richardson 19.1.2018:
"He’s one of the best-known and best-loved rock stars ever to emerge from the Black Country.
During a remarkable career, Slade drummer Don Powell watched as the band he formed with lead guitarist Dave Hill became leaders of the glam rock movement.
Slade were the UK’s biggest singles band in the years 1971-74. Their many hits become rock’n’roll standards, not least Merry Christmas Everybody, arguably Britain’s all-time favourite Christmas song.
His story was told in the remarkable memoir, Look What I Dun, and the now-sober-and-settled-in-Denmark drummer will tell his no-nonsense story at Wolverhampton Literary Festival on January 27 at the city’s Art Gallery from 5.30pm. Don will chart the highs and lows of the rock’n’roll world, as seen through the eyes of one of the Black Country’s greatest survivors.
“I suppose in a way the things that stand out is the incredible success that Slade had. The big year was 1973 and that was also the year of the accident. We equalled The Beatles record of having three records go to number one on the first day of release. We’ve never really had recognition for that, I feel, and we only just missed out a fourth one.”
Don did find one safe haven, however, in the centre of Wolverhampton. He’d regularly go to a coffee shop, incognito, where he knew he wouldn’t be bothered.
Don released his memoir in 2013 and the book continues to sell. He finds it incredible that a working class kid from the Black Country could have achieved so much and lived a life that people still want to read about.
Tickets cost £9.50 and are available at www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/don-powell/4594117354, by calling 0870 320 7000 or in person from Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street."
Noel Gallagher: Oasis would never have formed if it wasn't for Slade
Express & Star by Mark Drew Oct 21, 2017
"Noel Gallagher has paid a remarkable tribute to Black Country glamrock icons Slade – insisting that without them Oasis would not have been formed.
He even went as far to say that Slade were more influential than the Beatles to the legendary ‘90s band. Writing in Slade guitarist Dave Hill’s newly published autobiography, Gallagher said: “No Slade = No Oasis. It’s as devastating and as simple as that.”
Oasis, the most popular band of the Britpop era, modelled themselves on the Beatles and were greatly inspired by fellow Mancunians, the Stone Roses.
But the band’s former lead guitarist and songwriter said: “The Stone Roses? Yeah, they played their part. The Beatles? Well they were undeniably great... but Slade?
“I felt their songs could’ve been written at the end of my street... in a house just like mine.”
He also paid tribute to the book’s author: “Dave Hill? He was keeping it casual during the Glam Wars on Top of the Pops and he had a gold Rolls Royce! What’s not to love?”
Hill, who grew up in a council house on the Warstones Estate, Penn, was able to publish his life story, So Here It is, with the help of fans who directly funded it via a new publishing website Unbound that Hill has set up. As well as Gallagher’s words, the book also includes a touching tribute from Noddy Holder, with whom he had a difficult relationship after the former Slade frontman declined to join Hill’s reincarnation of Slade.
Holder and Jimmy Lea, Slade’s songwriting partnership, have enjoyed a comfortable living on their royalties since the band split, while Hill and drummer Don Powell, were forced to go back on the road to pay their mortgages. The pair have since reconciled.
In the book’s foreward, Holder writes: “Since I left the band, we have not always seen eye to eye but we have always respected one another.
He puts Slade’s success down to a combination of their big, energetic sound and the fact they were an antidote to the strikes, power cuts and economic gloom of the 70s. The grandfather-of five, who still lives in Wolverhampton and tours with Don Powell in a reformed Slade, has survived financial struggles and a stroke to find inner peace.
“I proved to myself that the power of the band was still there, that I still had worth,” he says. “It’s still a thrill to go out on stage. I hope there are plenty more gigs to come.”
Old, new, borrowed and black & white;
Newcastle City Hall 1972
The Chronicle newspaper remembers Slade's concert in Newcastle in November 1972. Two years later Slade returned there, and in 1982 released thrid live album "Slade on Stage" was mostly recorded also there.
Fans at Newcastle City Hall 45 years ago - but which major chart act are they watching?
"It's November 1972 and one of the UK's biggest chart acts plays to a packed house at Newcastle City Hall
Slade were the biggest, loudest, most fun-packed pop band of their era - and 45 years ago they were rocking Newcastle City Hall to its foundations.
Beloved of both pop and rock fans, the boys from Wolverhampton - fronted by gravel-throated Noddy Holder - were the hottest group of the time and the finest purveyors of so-called ‘glam rock’.
Any pop fan who lived through the first half of the 1970s will remember Slade fondly.
On November 3, like many other acts of the era, Slade opened their 20-date 1972 tour in front of the enthusiastic raucous music fans of Newcastle.
On the night, amid being bombarded by women’s underwear, the band ran through their hits to date, while the clapping, stomping audience even broke into a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
With support acts Thin Lizzy and Suzi Quatro, both on the verge of breaking through to the big time, it was a memorable night.
They were back at Newcastle City Hall in May 1974.
“Followers inside the City Hall stormed the stage, while other fans locked out of the sold-out concert smashed windows and stormed doors to get in.
“Some fans were even jumping down from the balconies on to the stage.”
The band, of course, was managed by Newcastle-born ex-Animal Chas Chandler.
When Chas Chandler died in 1996, the former members of Slade attended his funeral.
Noddy Holder quit the band in 1992, but various versions of the group have continued to perform.
Forty-five years on, no band better recalls the sound of the early 1970s than the joyous raunchiness of Slade."
Mr and Mrs Holder on the cover of INCheshire January 2018
Thanks to Herr Schubert for the wink!
Slade in Break out November-December 2017
A three page article, Noddy Holder interview, in German heavy rock magazine Break out November-December 2017 issue, and Slade Alive! review and Slade on the cover of the magazine.
Big thanks for the Break out to Slade-Uwe in Oberlausitz!