WIN: Meet AC/DC rock legend Chris Slade

Rock drumming legend Chris Slade will beat a track to play The Trades Live in Rotherham next Saturday and we have two pairs of meet and greet tickets to be won, writes Graham Walker.

The former AC/DC drummer, who played on 1990’s Razor’s Edge album and Donnington 91 live album, has performed with Tom Jones, Manfred Manns Earth band, Asia, Gary Moore, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Paul Rogers and had to turn down Elvis Presley.

Chris Slade

Chris Slade

The Chris Slade Timeline band will play songs from all the bands he has played in a two hour gig celebrating his career.

Tickets £8 in advance, or £10 on the night, Saturday, April 19, from the The Trades Live venue, call 01709 364975 or visit

Also see and The Star’s entertainments listings site at

VIDEO: Press the play button to see Slade playing drums for AC/DC on their music video for Thunderstruck - which has been watched over 26 million times on YouTube.

In celebration of his 50 years in the business of rock, Slade is back on the road in the UK with his new band.

Last year The Chris Slade Timeline headlined the Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival in Derby. Their UK tour continues this month with dates in London, Essex, Leicester, Lancashire, Kent, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire and Scotland.

New bandmates are Steve Glasscock, on non-AC/DC vocals, Paul Davis, on AC/DC vocals, James Cornford on lead guitar, Michael J Clark on guitar/keys and Andy Crosby on bass.

He says of them: “These musicians are fantastic, world class - some of the best I have ever worked with and believe me I’ve worked with a few.”

He narrowly missed out on playing with Elvis Presley, who he did meet.

Slade was one of Tom Jones’ so-called Squires, at the tender age of 16. It was due to being under contract to Tom that, reluctantly, he had to turn down an invitation from Elvis to join him as his drummer while in Las Vegas with Tom. It’s a decision he regrets to this day.

Slade received his highest exposure in 1989 when he was asked to join AC/DC as the replacement for Simon Wright, receiving a Grammy nomination for his work.

He toured with AC/DC for three years and it culminated in the release of Big Gun, which was part of the Last Action Hero movie soundtrack starring Arnold Swarzenegger.

Slade left the band when former drummer Phil Rudd was reinstated.


For your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets, including a meet and greet photo with Slade, enter our draw by post or Twitter.

Post to Chris Slade Competition, StarCompCS, Graham Walker, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1PU.

Or follow Digital Editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompCS.

Deadline is Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10am. Usual SNL rules and marketing terms apply, see below.

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