Chris Slade, born in Pontypridd, Wales, is a rock drummer who has enjoyed a long and varied career. His musical journey can be traced back to 1963; Chris came from the same area as fellow Welshmen Tom Jones and played drums in the singer's backing band, The Squires, for seven years. His first real success came in 1965 when he played on Tom's hit single 'It's Not Unusual'. Chris subsequently toured with Tom Jones before quitting in 1969 to join a group called "Toomorrow" whose vocal attraction was an Australian blonde called Olivia Newton-John.
Returning to session work, Chris recorded albums with Tony Hazzard and Tom Paxton in 1971, before becoming a founding member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band in March of 1972. He was to spend six years with the band, recording eight albums and achieving three UK Top Ten singles in the process: ''Joybringer' (No. 9, October 1973), 'Blinded By The Light' (No. 6, September 1976) and 'Davy's On The Road Again' (No.6, June 1978). Chris, along with some other former Earth Band members, also headed up a short-lived off-shoot of the band that Chris had named "Terra Nova" in 1978, producing one recording and a few live shows.
After the Earth Band era, Chris recorded two albums in 1979, first with Frankie Miller, and next with Kai Olsson, before joining Uriah Heep in time to play on their 'Conquest' album in 1980. After that, Chris Slade teamed up with Gary Numan, Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs in the Mick Ralphs Band - the same line-up also toured as back-up band for Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. After the close of that tour he teamed up with Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers and bassist Tony Franklin to form "The Firm" at the end of 1984. The Firm didn't quite live up to the enormous reputations of its individual members, although they did produce two excellent albums for Atlantic in 1985 and 1986 that gave them a few radio hits including "Radioactive" and “Satisfaction Guaranteed."
Then Chris joined up with Gary Moore on a temporary basis, taking over from Cozy Powell just four days before the start of the 1989 'After The War' tour. It was at one of Gary Moore's gigs in Los Angeles that Malcolm Young saw Chris Slade play. After the tour it was Chris's intention to put together a band with ex-Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay. But the call from AC/DC scuppered those plans as he was destined to tour and record with them over the course of the next five years, playing on their acclaimed "Razors Edge" Album, and giving a killer performance on their concert DVD "Live from Donington".
After his stint with AC/DC Chris joined up with 80's prog-rock band "Asia", who (even with the many personnel changes over the years) had still been managing to churn out some excellent music. Chris recorded with them on their 2000-2004 studio recordings, "Aura" and "Silent Nation", and put forth his "trademark" energy-filled live performances on all the subsequent tours that ensued
Now, having parted ways with "Asia" in 2005 to pursue other musical ventures, and his new line of personalized "Drums" and "Drum Jewelry", Chris is currently rehearsing for a new album with english power trio
"Damage Control" featuring Pete Way of "UFO" and Robin George.
‘Hospital” - The brand new Single Out Aug 26th
Taken from the LP “CURTAINS” Out Oct 7th
“Ireland’s next indie hit makers” - RTE Radio 1
“Another great track from HIH, did you expect anything less!”- RTE 2FM
“Fantastic Four-Piece” – Joe.ie
“Heroes In Hiding do something different with the Irish indie-rock sound that sets them apart from the pack”- TheLastMixTape
"Sprightly Indie-Pop" - Nialler9
Since the release of debut EP “Hush” in 2014, Heroes In Hiding have gathered a momentum that is now in full pendulum swing. The burgeoning band are centre stage in Ireland as one of the most promising talked about acts on the scene.
Having performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Castlepalooza, BD Festival, Life Festival, even securing a slot at Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival – the band are now ready to release their first LP titled ‘CURTAINS’ which is due for an autumn release date of Oct 7th 2016.
The first single from the LP, which was released earlier in the year: “No, You're a Rabbit” graced many airwaves across Ireland including coveted National Playlists. Follow up track ‘Hospital’ was released on August 26th. It has so far received a great response including being chosen as the Ian Dempsey Breakfast show song of the week. The LP was Recorded by Jack Dunne and Cian Donohoe in Windmill lane and Block C Studios. Mixed and Mastered by Martin Quinn in Jam Studios in Kells.
‘Hospital’ documents a recent close encounter with death by a member of the band Joe Carroll: "I was on my way home from a friend's birthday party on a hired coach. There weren't enough seats so I was standing up at the back. I leaned back and fell out of the door and onto the motorway. I don't remember much of the incident itself and the next thing I remember was lying on a trolley in the hospital in a neck brace. Luckily I didn't sustain any lasting injuries but I was fully aware of how close I came to being much worse off. On my second day in hospital I heard a nurse using some sort of machine behind the curtain on the patient next to me. It was bleeping with two harmonious tones. Something told me I had to make a song out of it so I recorded it on my phone (which had miraculously survived the fall). A few days later when I was at home and feeling a little better I put the recording onto my laptop and recorded a rough draft of the song "Hospital". The song is a document of my experience that night, and my realisation that life is very fragile and something to be cherished."
HEROES IN HIDING ARE:
Joe Carroll - Vox, Acoustic Guitar and Keys
Liam McCabe - Vox, Bass, Violin, Sax, electronics,
Oisin Jacob - Vox, Electric Guitar and Kalimba
Cian Donohoe – Drums & Percussion.
This Halloween, Irish rock stalwarts Thumper and Megacone play a double headline show, with support from Stone Sea and GreyFace, with Soma DJ’s on til’ late.
Named after the third album of Brooklyn Gothic rockers, Type O Negative, Bloody Kisses was initially formed in 2010 by guitarist Christian Stynes and vocalist/bassist Muiris Ó Fiannachta after an impromptu immitation of Type O Negative’s classic Black No. 1 single involving an acoustic guitar, a low baratone vocal line and snapping fingers (if you don’t get the references search for the video of the song online). Soon after keyboardist Linda Quinlan joined the fold along with drummer Bob Ryan.
Though initially penned as a once-off set of cover versions, the idea of forming a fully-fledged tribute act to Type O Negative and Pete Steele (who passed away tragically in April 2010) came to fruition.
The band - all self-proclaimed Type O Negative fanatics, quickly set themselves a target of preparing two special shows to coincide with the 1st anniversary of the passing of Pete Steele - a musician who many within the broader heavy metal genre (as well as further afield) regard as a genius song-writer and whose death brought shock and sadness to the metal community worldwide.
Although it would seem obvious, the band are keen to point out that they are merely attempting to honour the memory of one of their favourite musicians:
“People have mixed feelings about tribute bands, and all of us in the band are the exact same,” says Ó Fiannachta. “At the end of the day, all we are doing is playing a set of songs which someone else wrote and made famous. We are keenly aware of that. We genuinely hope that we are doing so in as true and as respectful a way as is possible. Just like us, if you are a Type O Negative fan, you will have been devastated at Pete’s death. We just want to give some of the powerful and beautiful music he created another airing in a live setting and pay tribute to the greatness of the man and of the band. Type O Negative no longer exist as an entity but if you love their music as much as we do we hope you’ll enjoy hearing an enthusiastic bunch of fans playing the songs in a live environment.”