Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees;October 30, 1946 ) is a Welsh rock drummer. He is best known as the drummer for Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1971–78), the Firm (1984–1986), Asia (1999, 2000-2005) and the Australian rock band AC/DC (1989–1994, 2015-present) performing on their album The Razors Edge and most recently the 2015 Rock or Bust tour.
Early life & career
Slade was born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales. He has worked with Gary Numan, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton-John (as co-members of the band Toomorrow), and Uriah Heep. He was a founding member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band. In the mid-1980s, Slade played with Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page in The Firm. He has played with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Gary Moore on his 1989 world tour.
Slade received his highest exposure in November 1989 when he was asked to join the Australian hard rock band AC/DC after their then-drummer Simon Wright had departed. AC/DC were signed to the same management company as Gary Moore who Slade had just finished touring with. The Young brothers (Angus and Malcolm) initially hired Slade only temporarily through management, then asked him during the recording of the only album he made with them, to join the band. Slade played on The Razors Edge album in 1990 and the accompanying world tour, and the "Big Gun" single released in 1993. The Young brothers, however, asked Slade to leave after nearly five 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.
Slade now fronts an AC/DC tribute band called Chris Slade Steel Circle, and is touring with The Chris Slade Timeline - a band formed to celebrate 50 years as a rock drummer. The band takes music from all aspects of his lengthy career.
On 7 February 2015, Slade confirmed on his Facebook page that the AC/DC drum stool is "under old management." The next day, he performed with AC/DC at the Grammys. Additionally, Slade will serve as the band's drummer for the duration of their 2015 tour.
Chris Slade Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 6.