Having spent his career keeping time for some of the biggest names in music, Chris Slade originally hails from Pontypridd, Wales. With Tom Jones coming from the same area, Slade started out drumming for the Welsh crooner on hits like ‘It’s Not Unusual’ before moving on to work with other artists.
He joined Tomorrow – featuring Olivia Newton-John – in 1969, recorded albums with Tony Hazzard and Tom Paxton, and became a founding member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, who had three UK Top Ten singles in the ’70s. Chris went on to join Uriah Heep, team up with Gary Numan and play in David Gilmour’s band. He then joined The Firm, featuring Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers, in ’84 and briefly played with Gary Moore. As the decade ended, he became drummer for legendary hard rockers AC/DC. Spending five years with the band, he was on the sticks for their acclaimed The Razor’s Edge album and hits like ‘Thunderstruck’.
From there he joined with prog supergroup Asia and was their longest-standing drummer by the time he departed in ’05. Since then, he has been in Bloodstock and Damage Control. Last year, his new band MIWA released their debut album My Wish Is Your Command.
The Music Show 2012, presented by Hot Press in association with RTE 2fm, runs from February 25-26 in The RDS, Dublin.
Tickets are available (€12 one day, €16 for the weekend) on Ticketmaster.