Graham Clark, Features Writer

Slade Get Down And Get With It This December

Somehow it wouldn’t really be Christmas without at least hearing once the Slade classic, Merry Xmas Everybody. The 1973 Number 1 was actually recorded in the summer of that year but has since become a festive classic.

Now in 2021, led by founder member Dave Hill on lead guitar with John Berry who joined in 2003 on lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar and violin. John has also played bass with Mud, The Sweet, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Tremeloes, Bay City Rollers and The Rubettes.

Joining John on lead vocals and keyboards is Russell Keefe, having played in many original bands in his early years, he has also recorded albums for Polygram and United Artists. Russell has toured with The Pretty Things and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers. Alex Bines now joins on drums, Alex has toured with Wilko Johnson, The Rubettes and is also a drum teacher.

Initially I thought that any line up without Noddy Holder in the band would not work, but having seen the current formation of Slade live I have to say that the hits sounded as good as ever and are in good hands.

Talking of hits, the group ruled the singles charts in the early to mid 70’s with tracks such as Cum On Feel The Noize, Coz I Luv You, Far Away, Get Down and Get With It and My Friend Stan amongst others.

You have a chance to decide for yourself as the band play the following dates in the north:

Friday 17 Dec 2021 - The Warehouse Leeds
Sunday 19 Dec 2021 - 02 Ritz, Manchester
Tuesday 21 Dec 2021 - Picturedrome Holmfirth
Thursday 23 Dec 2021 - O2 Academy Newcastle