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Chris Slade

Background information
Birth name Christopher Rees
Born 30 October 1946 (1946-10-30) (age 63)
Origin Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales
Genres Hard rock
Heavy metal
Progressive rock
Glam metal
Occupations Drummer
Years active 1964-Present
Labels Bronze Records
EMI Records
Albert Productions
InsideOut Music
Atlantic Records
Interscope Records
Associated acts Toomorrow
Uriah Heep
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Paul Rodgers
The Firm
Tom Jones
Website [1]

Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees, 30 October 1946, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales) is a Welsh rock drummer.



Slade has worked with Gary Numan, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton-John (as co-members of the band Toomorrow), and Uriah Heep. He was a member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band from 1972 to 1978. In the early 1980s, Slade played with Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page in The Firm. He has played with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

Slade probably received his highest exposure in 1989 when he was asked to join the Australian hard rock group AC/DC after their then-drummer Simon Wright had departed. The Young brothers (Angus and Malcolm) initially hired Slade only temporarily, then asked him during the recording of the only album he made with them, to join the band. Slade then played on the album The Razors Edge and tour. The Young brothers, however, asked Slade to leave after four years with the group and reinstated former drummer Phil Rudd, saying that Rudd had demonstrated a "groove" more fitting their style of rock.

After his departure, Slade spent a few years living in the UK countryside before receiving a call from Geoff Downes from the British progressive rock group Asia. Slade was with Asia for six years before departing in September 2005.


With Tom Jones

  • Along Came Jones (1965)
  • A-Tom-ic Jones (1966)
  • From The Heart (1966)
  • Green, Green Grass of Home (1967)
  • Live: at the Talk of the Town (1967)
  • 13 Smash Hits (1967)
  • Delilah (1968)

With Toomorrow

With Tom Paxton

  • How Come The Sun (1971)

With Manfred Mann's Earth Band

With Terra Nova

With Kai Olsson

With Frankie Miller

With Uriah Heep

With Gary Numan

With Denny Laine

With The Firm

With AC/DC

With Asia

With Bloodstock

  • Creator of Worlds

With Damage Control

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