The autumn of 2017 is landing slowly here in Finland and the first two weeks have been pretty rainy but warm +15-20 degrees. There are though many things and happenings that will bring sunshine in Slade fans autumn.
On the 1st of September Jim Lea released a new single "All Coming Back To Me Now". At the first weekend in September Slade Rocked the Boat on a cruiser around the northern UK. The autumn will finish with an annual Merry Xmas tour in the UK.
Don celebrated his birthday (10.9.) in Belgium after the Classic Rock concert at La Hulpe on Saturday evening 9.9., and then at home in Silkeborg, Denmark. On the first weekend in October Slade make two concerts in Denmark; 5.10. Aabenraa and 6.10. Silkeborg.
Dave Hill's autobiograph will be published in November. Dave will be doing many promoting events including "An Intimate evening with Slade's Dave Hill" at Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton 14.11.2017. Later in December Slade play again at Robin 2 on 15th December.
Jim Lea is also doing "For One Night Only - An Audience with Jim Lea" evening at Robin 2 5th November. Jim has done lots of radio interviews in the late summer in order to promote his new releases and re-releases:
- New single: 'All Coming Back To Me Now' release 1.9.2017
- New DVD: 'For One Night Only' (Live at The Robin), Jim's only live solo concert in Bilston November 2002
- New DVD screening & Q&A at The Robin, Bilston on 5 Nov 2017
- CD: 'Therapy' re-release of Jim's solo album from 2007 with bonus tracks
- Double LP: 'Therapy'
On the first three quarters of 2017 Slade have been playing in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Liechtenstein and France. And Don was downunder in Australia on tour with QSP (Quatro, Scott, Powell) in February and March.
Midsummer festivals (Juhannus) in Finland
Slade have celebrated many times the Midsummer festival (Juhannus) in Finland. In 2017 we had "a pre-Midsummer festival" in Hamina 10th June.
Slade's first concert in Finland was in June 1972. The next one in November 1973 and the last one in July 1982 in Oulu at Kuus-rock festival.
First Slade II gig in Finland happened in December 1993. My (Ilpo) first Slade II concert was at Mustikkamaan Juhannus festival 24th June 1994. The latest one 10th June 2017 in Hamina, that was my 60th Slade (II) gig.
Here are some Slade II Midsummer festival dates in Finland:
- 24.6.1994 Helsinki, Mustikkamaan juhannus festival
- 25.6.1994 Kauhajoki, Nummi-rock festival
- 19.6.1998 Virtasalmi, Drag'n'rock festival
- 25.6.1999 Alastaro
Dave Hill's autobiography was released in April 2017. There are also again rumours about a new Slade biography to be released in the autumn of 2017 by Omnibus Press. The title should be "Whatever Happened To Slade?". One of the best ever rock albums "Whatever Happened to Slade?" was released 40 years ago in 1977.
The Omnibus Press biography was already intended to be out in 2016 with the title "Nobody's Fools". It would have been then 40 years from the release of "Nobody's Fools" album. If the release of the biography will move to 2018, will its name be "Slade Alive Vol 2"?
Slade in Viborg, Denmark 31.3.2017
Photos from a great concert in Tinghallen on Friday night 31st March 2017 on the Concert reviews page. More pics and some words about the concert later on the first week of April.
1.4.2017 Radio Suomi (Finland), Entisten nuorten sävellahja:
SLADE See us here
"Slade-yhtyeen kitaristi Dave Hill täyttää 71 vuotta tulevana keskiviikkona neljäs huhtikuuta. Sladen repertuaarista marraskuussa 1970 ilmestynyt ja samalla nimellä Slade julkaistuista pitkäsoitoista ensimmäinen eli ’Play It Loud’ ei erinomaisuudestaan huolimatta vielä menestynyt kaupallisesti. Tyylillisesti se ei edustanut sitä suoraa rokkausta, jolla Slade pari vuotta myöhemmin tuli lyömään itsensä toden teolla läpi. Levyltä ei myöskään löytynyt ainuttakaan singlehittiä. ’Play It Loud’ -albumin ansiot on joka tapauksessa tunnustettu ja kyseinen pitkäsoitto vaikutti osaltaan punkrockin kehitykseen lähes seitsemän vuotta ennen punkin läpimurtoa. Biisitoiveena ’Play It Loudilta’ kappale ’See Us Here’."
Dave Hill's autobiography "My story"
"Hi, it's Dave here, from Slade.
Over the years, when people hear stories about my life, they always say: 'Write it down, Dave!'
So, I've written my autobiography for you, my fans, and for my family, especially my grandkids. I turned seventy this year and for fifty of those years Slade have been a major part of my life. It seems the right time to finally to share my story with you. I've got plenty of funny tales but also some others which show that my life hasn't been all rock 'n' roll.
Most of all, I wanted to tell it as it is, and tell it my way, that's why I'm publishing my book with Unbound.
Slade's success didn't happen overnight but boy, were we big when we took off! We had 23 top twenty hits and six number one singles. Three of these went straight to the number one spot - a first, not even matched by The Beatles. Topping it all was 'Merry Xmas Everybody', which sold over one million copies. We also had six smash LPs, and one time had the number one and two spots on the LP chart. All this made Slade the biggest band in the UK in the 70s, and we were massive all over the world, too.
Slade had some great years but fashions change and the break-up of the original band was heartbreaking. I thought that would be it for me.
I battled through depression and got over a stroke, and decided to carry on doing the thing which I do best: I went back on the road with Slade. I've seen more of the world, and more fans, in the last twenty-five years than I did when the band were at their most famous.
I'll always be the boy from Wolverhampton, where I still live, with my wife of over forty years, surrounded by my kids and grandkids. I'm also still Dave Hill, Superyob, rocking the world with Slade!
Many musicians have cited Slade as an influence, including grunge bands Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins, punk and indie pioneers the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Undertones and the Clash, heavy metal acts such as Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Quiet Riot and rock groups including Cheap Trick and Oasis.
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Dave Hill explains and plays chords of Merry Xmas Everybody:
Slade 1966-1991 Dave Hill, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea and Don Powell...1992 Slade II K.O.R.
"Slade Decades" is our hobby Slade website dedicated to the finest group in the history of British rock music, and their loyal followers. Slade's story started in 1966 and has continued through the decades: 25 years as the legendary Slade line-up Dave Hill, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea and Don Powell. In 1992 Nod and Jim stopped recording and touring with Slade, but Dave and Don put up the new Slade (II) line-up at the end of 1992 and have been touring and keeping the Slade spirit live ever since.
In spite of the name of our Slade website we won't concentrate on decades gone past, but more or less we want to share our information of the group today to the friends of Slade.
K.O.R. - Ilpo & Moni, Helsinki