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.
27.8.2017 A new day festival, Faversham, UK
Slade concerts in Germany in July 2017:
14.7. Rheinbach...31.7. Lübbenau
Slade tour in the Middle Europe in July.
August will be a "scandinavian month" with gigs in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Start to July in Liechtenstein and Austria
1.7. Malbun, Liechtenstein
8.7. Leoben, Austria
Jim Lea interview on Switch Radio 22.5.2017 4pm
Jim’s interview with Dave Gordon of Switch Radio on Sunday 22.5.2017 4pm on his “Made In Brum” show.
So here it is... Dave Hill's autobiography out now
4.4. Happy Birthday, Dave !
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.
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!"
Slade's last gigs in 2016
21.12. Cambridge, UK: The Junction
22.12. Brighton, UK: Concorde 2
Slade special by Jean Voortmans on FM Goud (Belgium) 18.12.2016
"Fan of Slade? So are we! That's good, ' cause Sunday we have guest Jean Voortmans. He is the organiser of the Back on Stage 2017 Stad Bree, but... also - we believe - the biggest Slade-fan in the world! He knows the gentlemen personally and could get to (Christmas) songs that never before on the radio broadcast. And when we came up... smile emoticon:-) the result is a fantastic Slade-special! Now Sunday morning between 11 am-12 pm on your FM Goud."
"S L A D E on FM GOUD ......sunday18/12 - 11.00 -12.00 ....... with XMAS SONGS......SO play it LOUD
iiitttttttt's XMASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSsssssss !"
Great work, Jean !
Speellijst 13.12.2016: Merry Xmas Everybody at least 4 times; Slade and Steps
Last dates of Slade's Christmas tour 2016 in the UK
16.12. Bilston, Wolverhampton: The Robin 2
17.12. Salisbury: City Hall
18.12. Wrexham: William Aston Hall
21.12. Cambridge: Cambridge Junction
22.12. Brighton: Concorde
At the moment it seems that the first gig in 2017 will be in Minehead at Giants of rock festival 27.-30.1.2017. Don will be then touring with the QSP the whole February in Australia.
10.9.2016 BBC Radio Wales: Gaz (Top) Jones interviewing Jim Lea
We'll be rockin'n'rollin' in Kelbra with other German Slade fans!