Tag Archives: Slade

Old, new, hallowed and true – back in touch with Slade legend Dave Hill

If it’s December, Slade must be doing the rounds again, in the post Holder/Lea configuration they’ve worked in for 25-plus years. And it’s not long after ‘Super Yob’ guitar hero Dave Hill calls me from his home in the Black … Continue reading

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Sweet inspirations, five decades on – the Andy Scott interview

  Can it really be half a century since the pre-glam incarnation of The Sweet threw their first chord shapes, and 45 years since the era-defining ’Blockbuster’ saw the band in their pomp top the UK charts? What’s more, it’s … Continue reading

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Forever switched on – back in touch with Andy Kershaw

It’s been 35 years since Andy Kershaw left West Yorkshire’s Radio Aire, redundancy from his promotions manager role in November 1983 proving the catalyst for a wealth of  adventures in rock’n’roll and broadcasting. “Was there ever a more productive sacking, … Continue reading

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And I thought you might like to know – the Jim Lea interview

It’s not, erm, everyday you get to talk to a childhood hero, but Jim Lea definitely falls into that category for me. I was barely four when his band scored the first of six UK No.1 singles with ‘Coz I … Continue reading

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July to December 2017 – the writewyattuk review: the second six months

Former Status Quo ‘frantic four’ drummer John Coghlan on the key moments that will always stay with him: “Those six weeks at Butlin’s were an eye-opener, doing it – in a sense – professionally, getting to play to people and … Continue reading

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Takin’ Me Bak ‘Ome – talking Slade with Don Powell

Christmas was way into the distance when I tracked Don Powell down in Denmark, but the legendary drummer – on a rare break from the live circuit – soon brought the subject up. As I properly introduced myself and mentioned … Continue reading

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Spirit of ’77 – All Around the World with Russell Hastings and From The Jam

It was a cheap shot, but when I called Russell Hastings back seven hours after rescheduling our initial 10am date due to a dodgy signal, I couldn’t help but ask him, ‘So, Just Who is the Five o’clock Hero?’ “Ha! I … Continue reading

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Further Adventures of The Wonder Stuff – the Miles Hunt interview

Miles Hunt was taking a break from archiving material in the studio when I caught him on the phone at his rural Shropshire base, not far from his Black Country roots. “Not so far at all. It’s still Midlands, innit”. … Continue reading

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Into 2016 … and 103,000 hits can’t be bad

As the hands reached midnight on New Year’s Eve, the minions behind the scenes at writewyattuk.com polished off the last of the Irish cream (explaining at least one of those empty bottles that next morning) and got to work on … Continue reading

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Thanks for the memoirs – catching up with Slade’s Dave Hill

Looking at the extensive list of past shows on Don Powell’s website, it’s clear that Slade are old hands at this touring lark. An impressive archive of on-stage engagements runs from March 1963, and it’s fair to say Don’s diary remains … Continue reading

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