“Us lot at SLADY got together coz we luv Slade, performing on stage and bringin the house down.”
Slady were in Brighton, at The Prince Albert. There was a buzz around town for these guys and the SOLD OUT Prince Albert proved it! Slady have been around for a little while with various line ups. Brighton was to see and most definitely hear the noize from this, the latest Slady line up. They claim to be the world’s only all female tribute band to legendary 1970’s glam rock band Slade. I did a quick google search and that claim would seem to be correct.
SLADY: The Band
Some brilliant word play here guys – good job on the names!
Gobby Holder – guitars, vocals and that hat, and glitter
Davina Hill – guitars and vocals, and glitter
Donna Powell – on the drums and vocals, and glitter
Jem Lea – some mean Bass guitar and vocals, and glitter
SLADY: Gobby Holder.
Some great vocals and did a superb job considering she was recovering from laryngitis. Some top notch guitar playing, some great moves and all the while kept the huge Noddy Holder mirrored hat on.
SLADY: Jem Lea.
Jem Lea tucked to the side of the stage hammered out some top quality bass lines and also some fine backing vocals.
SLADY: Davina Hill.
on lead guitar duties was Davina, she also put in some damn fine backing vox work. I have to give her a shout for some really good strong guitar leads on breaks. During When The Lights Go Out she put down a really strong break. Great stuff!
SLADY: Donna Powell.
The lady at the back put down some strong patterns and fills, working with Jem to fill in the whole Slady sound, and also dropping in some nice background vocal work.
Ok, some of you may be thinking this could not possibly work, but let me assure you, it 100% does! They kinda join the realm of The Ramonas and Sex Pissed Dolls, and other all fine female tributes out there. But this is all heavily made up with guitars and glitter, and is pure glam rock at its finest. Slady have just well, got it. They have something special and unique.
SLADY: The Set.
“How are you feeeeeelin’?” opens Gobby Holder with an “oooooo ahhhh” and we were off with Take Me Bak ‘Ome, a smash for Slade in 1972. The Albert had a sound issue during the first couple of tracks but they were soon rectified and the vocals came back nice and strong. Then we got a loud “Baby Baby Baby” and the band tore into Cum On Feel The Noize. Superb stuff as the band settled into their stride. This was their first gig with the present line up. And they sounded strong and looked to be having a blast! I know we were!
Look Wot You Dun was up next, Whole Worlds Goin’ Crazee followed up. Four songs in and these guys had the sold out crowd going for it, big time! Hands in the air and the Brighton voices rang out loud. Skweeze me, Pleeze Me was up and I think one was originally from 1973. As the set progressed it was clear the guys knew their stuff and how to play it.
When The Lights Are Out and Don’t Blame Me were served up next. Slady were serving up a delicious glam rock racket.
The end of the set approached as time ticked down. Bangin’ Man and a solo vocal for Everyday led us into the finale… Get Down Get With It. Slady gave the Albert a new one with this, as the crowd stomped and stamped through the song. And that was it! A fairly short set and that finale brought the house down!
SLADY: A Video
There were a couple of sound issues, but turn it up and stamp those feet!
The crowd wanted more and almost refused to let Slady off the stage. But, sadly that was all we had. There is such a huge back catalogue of material you are never going to please everyone, as suggestions for Mama, Run Run Away and more were shouted out.
The guys were happy to pose for some selfies with new and old fans which is always good to see. I think it safe to say everyone left with a smile on their face dashing off home to dig out a copy of Slades greatest hits!
Well played Slady – we loved it – come back soon, although I think you are gonna need a bigger venue! The guys have some gigs coming up and I can thoroughly recommend seeing SLADY! They are supporting Vice Squad and Nuffin at The Water Rats in London and then playing alongside John Rossall’s Glitter Band.
SLADY are on Facebook – go give them a like!
The promotion team were Brighton based Punker Bunker – Thanks guys – a great night!
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