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Camden Underworld, London 16 February 2010
Chris Slade has had an interesting career. Enjoying life
back in 1965 with fellow Welshman Tom Jones playing on such hits as
'Green, Green Grass Of Home' and 'Delilah' (It's not unusual you may
think, but he didn't actually play on Jones' biggest hit), before
getting blinded by the light with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, having a
small conquest with Uriah Heep, getting down to some mean business with
Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page in The Firm.
biggest break came in 1989 when AC/DC asked him to record with and later
join full time for the 'Razor's Edge' album and tour, staying with the
band until the 'Big Gun' single before being replaced by original skins
man Phil Rudd. Last seen plying his trade with Michael Schenker,
Chris Slade is in town to perform a rare solo gig.
gig was first announced, I was hoping for a retrospective of his career,
but a few days before the gig, I found out this was to be an AC/DC set.
Great I thought to myself, would he perform the famed Donington set that
is immortalised on DVD, or maybe do tracks that he played on which AC/DC
don't do themselves any longer - like the title track 'The Razor's
Edge', 'Money Talks' or the excellent 'Big Gun'?
time I saw Chris Slade it was with AC/DC on that very occasion when they
headlined the Monsters Of Rock Festival at Castle Donington back in 1991
in front of 60 odd thousand people. Tonight on a very cold rainy
night, he is to perform in front of 60 odd.
It has to be
said that a quarter of the audience here tonight are infacturated girls
who are here to see his fine backing band. Bringing the rock 'n
roll shower to London is the singer from Dutch rockers Vengeance Leon
Goewie, the Ratt pack of Robbie Crane on bass and Keri Kelli, a
guitarist who has played in numerous latter day versions of LA's finest,
last seen with Alice Cooper's touring band, complimented by J-Jay Bozzy
on rhythm guitar.
wasn't what i was expecting at all, with some Bon Scott era tracks that
Chris Slade never even performed live with AC/DC including 'Shot Down In
Flames', 'Girls Got Rhythum' and 'Riff Raff' and the three tracks that
Slade did play on that I mentioned earlier didn't get a look in.
though was being run by Goewie and Kelli who were full of banter and
giving the girls plenty of eye contact. Chris Slade himself did an
excellent drum solo that left us all thunderstruck. Depsite now being 64
years of age, he is still one of the most powerful, solid drummers in
about to be rocked on a very damp evening they were saluted by a highly
Set list : Dirty Deeds(Done Dirt Cheap) / Shot Down In Flames / T.N.T /
Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be / Girls Got Rhythm / You Shook Me All Night
Long / Back In Black / High Voltage / drum solo / Thunderstruck / Riff
Raff / Shoot To Thrill / Whole Lotta Rosie ... encores.. For Those About
To Rock (We Salute You) / Highway To Hell
photos by Mark Taylor
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