WEBSITE INFORMATION

First of all, this website is dedicated with much love to the late Julie Edmundson.

It celebrates the many achievements of SLADE (Hill - Holder - Lea - Powell).
It doesn't cover Slade II.

This page is totally and completely independent of Slade, of their record companies and of any Facebook groups or pages. It is not owned, censored or influenced by or shackled to a record company. We retain total independence, though we are happy to advertse new
Slade products of all types..

The Admin of this website and its forum does not view, participate in, manage or recommend any other Facebook groups or pages, except those for THE NOIZE and SIX YEARS ON THE ROAD.

Please note that Nod and Dave don't have individual personal Facebook profiles of their own.
Don Powell does however have a page for The Don Powell Band and an Official Facebook page.
You can also view the Jim Lea Music Official Facebook page.
Slayed.co.uk are not involved at all with these pages, but support their principle.

I do not recommend any tribute bands. I don't see the point.

The catcallers only make me do better.


How do I contact the members of the band? / Where do the members of Slade live?

This website will NOT divulge private addresses, nor will we pass your messages on to the band.

Their home addresses are deliberately kept private and they have made an effort to be far more difficult to track down. Bear in mind that they retired from the music business a long time ago and that, just like normal people, they now greatly value their privacy. They have spent considerable amounts of money on their priority of living quietly, out of the way.

We absolutely do NOT encourage fans to turn up in person at the group's homes. This is an awful and quite unfair and unwelcome intrusion into their privacy. It happens from time to time and we are sure they are not at all happy about it.

To quote Nod and Dave on valuing their privacy:

Do you NOT do things, because you’re afraid you may get pestered by people who might recognise you?

Nod: A lot of the time, yes. I get offered the chance to go to a lot of functions, but I don’t want to get back on the treadmill that everywhere I go I’ve got to be signing autographs for half an hour. I don’t mind it now and then, but I’m not going to do it everyday.

Do you have a clear division of your working and non-working time?

Nod: Definitely. I keep my private life totally private now and have done for a long time. I don’t see that my home life is anyone's business now. We lived in the public eye for so long and it took a long time to get back any kind of privacy... not total privacy, but as much as possible. If you’re a known face, it’s very difficult, you’d have to disappear off the face of the earth to get it. If you go into a pub or restaurant, there will always be some watching you drinking and eating. There’s no getting away from it. The last thing I want to do is go out for a drink or meal and finish up talking Slade for a couple of hours. We’ve lived Slade for 20 odd years. It’s the last thing we talk about if we all get together. There’s nothing else to say after that amount of time.

Dave: The press can ask very personal questions that could upset you. It’s like Cliff Richard, they always want to know if he’s ever slept with a woman.

Nod: It’s the same with us. Cliff always gets that style of question and with us, it’s 'Merry Xmas' or 'Don’s accident'. They ask how he is, as though it only happened a couple of years back, or they ask how 'Jim Powell' is getting on after the crash.

It is not a great idea to contact Newman and Co, unless there is a serious business proposition in mind that will be of interest to Nod or Jim.
The former members of Slade are only a tiny part of their work and they have a lot of other things to do.
They do not want fan mail in their system.


Dave and Don can be contacted in person, before and after their stage appearances with their bands.
For all SERIOUS Dave Hill and Slade booking and media enquiries contact:
Hal Carter Organisation, 41 Horsefair Green, Milton Keynes, MK11 1JP. | Tel: 0044 (0) 1908 567388.
E-mail: artistes@halcarterorg.com | Website: www.halcarterorg.com


www.slayed.co.uk would really like to thank the group's fans for their most valued and important help over the years, for the selfless dedication and provision of effort, time, knowledge, updates and for finding - and usually, generously sharing - some truly unbelievable and rare archival material, for other Slade fans all around the world to enjoy via this and a number of other truly excellent websites.

if you've EVER emailed with something, or just sent an encouraging word somewhere. It is very much appreciated.


THE GREAT BIG REUNION QUESTION.... ARE SLADE EVER GOING TO REFORM??

Following a false report that Noddy Holder had spoken to a Sun reporter late in 2021 and had proposed getting the band back on stage at Glastonbury, some fans actually started to cry, wet themselves with excitement and to save up for tickets. A very small corner of the internet broke for a moment.

This is the article:
"SLADE’s 1973 No1 song Merry Xmas Everybody made sure of their place in the history books.
Slade's Noddy Holder wants to play Glastonbury


Now lead singer Noddy Holder has big plans for the original group behind the smash. In an exclusive chat, he revealed he wants to get back with Jim Lea, Don Powell and Dave Hill to play the legends slot at Glastonbury. And while he’s got a mountain to climb persuading the festival’s organiser Michael Eavis to say yes, it’s going to be even harder to reunite his ex-bandmates following their split in 1992. Especially after Dave sacked Don from his revamped version of the group over email last year.

Noddy said of the prospect of playing the coveted slot: “It would be amazing if we could work out our differences. I think we’d probably all have to go in on a coach each. Or we’d all have to have a changing room or caravan each. And maybe we’d have to have glass barriers between us on stage so that there would be no fisticuffs on stage.”

The band had six No1 singles and five No1 albums. But Noddy said their egos tore them apart. As for Dave and Don, he added: “I think it’s a long time before they get talking again. But that happens in rock ’n’ roll bands. If it’s not one crisis, it’s another.”

So... what exactly is likely to happen?

Nothing.

Reading between some lines and going off what some others have said, the relationship between Dave and Jim is really complicated.

Jim came into the band pretty much on Dave's say-so, because of his obvious talent. Dave was quite advanced as far as local musicians went. He had a great playing style, was flash and had an ego to match. Jim may have been teased and pranked by Nod a bit, but that settled down after a while and they acted more like pro's. The stint in the Bahamas probably made them closer than close.

Jim began to put his two pennies worth into the group arrangements of songs. Arguably what helped to turn them into Slade. Nod has said he had this idea of three guitars all playing in unison, so Jim's help with that was a big thing. They became a formidable covers band, but still didn't really write their own stuff. Around the time of Beginnings they were obliged to contribute, pretty much as a whole group.

Chas came along and, let's sum this up as a manager would see it:
Nod had THAT VOICE. Jim was (according to Jim) incredible on bass, going on for an equivalent to Hendrix. Dave was a confident and talented guitarist, quite focused on his playing and image. Don was a bloody good drummer.

For Play It Loud, they were split into songwriting partnerships - Jim and Don, Nod and Dave. The Jim and Don partnership was most productive, as is evidenced on the album credits. I'd say that the band balance of power was quite equal still, around the time of Slade Alive!

The success of Coz I Luv You changed everything. Nod and Jim then started to write together. Don has said he would never have put his foot down and have stood in the way of such a successful partnership. Dave decided to "sell 'em", as they "wrote 'em." That shifted the balance of power in the band a little. I am sure they still basically felt like the same four mates inside themselves. But fame and attention changes people.

Nod has always seemed a very down to Earth and normal chap. So has Don. The bands that survive consist of people who realise it's not all about them as an individual and that being in a band is about WORK. It's a business. Dave's part in the band's success was as much about his visual style as what he put on disc.

Jim became more and more confident on stage and in the studio. He talked about "going all Amadeus like" and pouring out streams of hit melodies.
He also talked - later on - about the unenviable pressures of doing that. Jim wanted to be taken very seriously and that also only came out later on, as Jim shunned the limelight and Nod was, as often as not, the band's mouthpiece, being a natural raconteur with an easy conversational style with journalists. Jim would later seek to put his own side of the story forward, as he saw it.

Slade, as a group, hardly ever socialised offstage.

In Slade's 'glory years' we'd see Dave on Top Of The Pops, dressed up like a martian and outdoing The Sweet and Chicory Tip while Jim was visibly shaken at what was off to his left. Nod and Don both dressed colourfully, but conservatively and Nod's suits were eye-catching but not that ridiculous. Stories of H walking out of dressing room bathrooms dressed up like a metal nun or a chicken and of photo sessions with Jim almost losing his cool at what H was wearing are rife. That doesn't make for an easy relationship, when one of you is trying to be taken seriously and the other plainly isn't
interested in that.

To be fair to H, he was doing all that he did for the good of the band and Nod certainly joined in with the big tie and spotty jacket on the Flame tour. Most of us loved it at the time, though the older end of the buyers probably saw some of it as ridiculous back then. The press critics saw it as a reason to take some well-aimed potshots at them.

Being the ideas man for the band and half of the writing partnership meant that Jim would come up with partly, or fully formed tunes for the band's songs. He would know what he wanted in the studio. The band would routine (run through) their songs prior to going into the studio, to save money. Jim would often show Dave what he wanted him to play. Sometimes, Dave would probably get there by himself.

Old New Borrowed And Blue was a patchwork of ideas hanging around, B-sides a cover version and so on. Dave was away on honeymoon for part of the recording sessions. Don was in hospital and then recuperating. Then he was dragged out on a US tour. Sometimes, Jim would add guitars in the studio, to thicken the sound up. Sometimes, it would even just be Jim on a track, especially if it didn't need to be learned for stage shows. This would be the way forward from now on. Jim would take over the production of Slade records. Chas would eventually go.

The return from America and the Whatever Happened To Slade album saw the band work AS A BAND totally. They were VERY well drilled on that tour. American gigs and the influence of the bands they toured with had made them tighten up their sound a lot. H contributed fully in most of the Barn label period, though Jim would probably still tinker with some guitar parts on Slade tracks.

Then Jim released a few records as The Dummies. Slade were fading away, chart-wise and these tracks were said to be put out partly to see what songs would do without the Slade name on them. Not a lot, as it turned out, but a seed was planted in Jim's head.

When Chas got them onto RCA, all of a sudden, they had to submit a number demo recordings to the label. Not for every track, maybe, but Jim and Nod would record these very basic demos. H might not be required for that purpose. It became more of the same method on record. Jim became more prevalent in the studio and as Nod has said, it started to be said by Jim that Jim could do everything better than the band on their records. All well and good. It still said SLADE on the record label and the kids wouldn't know.

Where did this leave Dave?
While Jim was doing everything he could to make quality records and to keep the band idea going, what did Dave actually have to do, except mime on TV? It has come out that Dave had to learn the song Run Runaway, from the record, so it could be played live on the final US dates. How much did Dave contribute to the Kamikaze, Rogues and You Boyz albums? How did that make him feel?

The group stopped playing live. The releases didn't stop, but Jim was in charge in the studio to a huge degree. The odd producer might oversee their singles, but the band was working THAT WAY now.

Resentment.
What has Dave got to resent?
Nod and Jim propped the band up out of their royalties and savings when they were at a low. They kept it going. Jim was most active in the studio in the later years. H didn't write songs and with only a few writing credits and no live income, he started to hire his Roller out for weddings, performing precisely ONE such engagement. He sat at home and waited for something to happen. The odd TV slot. The Blessings In Disguise tracks with Nod got a Trojan group release on Mooncrest and some promo push. The one without Nod didn't. Dave has bravely come out about his serious issues with depression in his book. How did Jim make him feel over the years?

What has Jim got to resent?
So.. Amadeus is there on stage in all of his regal glory, playing his latest hard-wrought masterpiece with a space being off to his left and it possibly irritates him, though Dave did tone it down a hell of a lot in that latter touring years. He has to show Dave how things he has written go. That's fair enough - Dave isn't telepathic. Dave is known to be aloof sometimes. Did things work that way within the band on occasion? How did this make Jim feel over the years?

Eventually Nod did what he felt that he had to do and gave in his notice. Life comes first.

Jim considered who to find to replace Nod and seems to have decided that he couldn't front the group himself and didn't find someone else to take that spot. Dave's line was to deny that the group was in trouble in fan club interviews.

The final two singles consisted of two Jim Lea recordings with Nod's vocals added and the b-sides were Dave Hill Band tracks with Nod's vocals added. The pot was empty, so they found what they could and used the Slade name for them.

Nod's This Is Your Life TV show was slightly marred for some, by Jim sitting with his back noticeably turned to Dave and Don.

Nod went.
End of group.

Dave approached the principal members about continued use of the Slade name for touring with Don and other musicians. It got a frosty response from Jim (who has since said he was really opposed to that idea). Nod suggested the Slade II compromise (similar to ELO Part II - which worked without Jeff Lynne). Jim accepted that as a compromise, but made a barbed comment (which he had probably thought through for some time) at his Jim Jam gig at The Robin. I'm in no doubt at all that it got back to Dave Hill.

Dave dropped the II from the group name and I'm sure that some thought it cheeky, but hey ho, time has passed.

Dave also dropped Don from the group.... and that has caused major problems with any future reunion ideas.
It has also effectively ended Slade for everyone.

In recent years, Nod has described Jim as 'being isolated' from the others who'd been in the band and has done interviews where he has stated that the band ceased to be fun, partly because of Jim's dominance in the studio, amongst other things.

Jim has also recently come out of his shell a bit and has started to publicly reclaim his writing credits (which were always there on anything with Lea / Holder, or vice-versa on the label, anyway). This goes down to detail from Jim about coming up with various parts of songs, conflicting with what was previously taken as gospel.

Jim was said to have sent a strongly worded legal letter to the BBC about the fact that Nod was seemingly put across by the odd ill-informed presenter as being Slade's principal writer. Well, Jim shunned the limelight for so many years that a lot of media people have no idea who "the guy on bass from 1973" is, all these years later.

If the media are interviewing Nod about the band he was in and use the words 'his band' that's not Nod's fault and Nod can't be expected to chirp in with "and Jim" every time any song is mentioned. It just doesn't happen. People don't talk like that.

The writers know exactly who did what in writing sessions and Nod doesn't get down in the dirt about anything that Jim has said. He has stated that they occasionally talk through lawyers, because Jim sees something that he feels Nod needs to be told about.

Nod isn't at odds at all with Dave or Don and does socialise with them on the odd occasion. The fractious relationships between some of the band members are known to dismay him and he might wind the press up about playing at Glastonbury and I am sure the group members will still all have a chuckle about it too.

To sum up:
Dave is very showbiz and will never talk disparagingly in public about Jim Lea. He won't talk at all about Don Powell.

Don Powell has spoken about Dave Hill, but is probably tired of doing so by now.

Jim Lea follows the same line of showbiz political correctness on the whole, but has let the odd snippet slip over the years.

Nod tells it like it was, but quite correctly sees the depths of some inter-band schisms as entirely the band's business.

Will they ever play the legends spot at Glastonbury?

Would Dave do it?    Yes, if he doesn't have to look at Don or Jim.
Would Don do it?      Yes, if he doesn't have to look at Dave.
Would Jim do it?       There's the 64 million dollar question.
Would Nod do it?      If the others weren't so badly at odds he'd be happier, but I can't see it.

Naughty old Sun rag for starting this debate. You're forgiven, though.

They deserve to play at some huge festival somewhere, but there's only slightly more chance of that than a hastily knocked-together band of forum members doing it, using the name Led Zeppelin. In other words, no.

I'm off to eat something, then I'll spend the rest of the day practicing the bass part to Stairway To Heaven..