Slade to play Lucerna's Velký sál

Glam rock band that can't spell song titles has two original members

The glam rock band Slade will be at Lucerna's Velký sál on Oct. 22. The band was most popular in the 1970s, and like many older bands, the current lineup is a mix. It features two original members, Dave Hill on guitar and vocals and Don Powell on drums. Both have been with the band since 1966.

Mal McNulty, previously with the bands Hazzard and Sweet, took over on vocals in 2005, replacing Steve Whalley who had been with the band since 1992.

John Berry is the band's fifth bassist. He was in Mud and also appeared in the TV series Eastenders as a magazine seller.

Fans can expect to hear their old hits, as they haven't released new material in more than a decade.

They were among the first bands to go in for strange spellings, much to the annoyance of grammar police. “Coz I Luv You,” “Take Me Bak 'Ome” “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” “Cum On Feel The Noize” and “Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me” all hit number one in the UK charts.

They are still best-known for their properly spelled 1973 Christmas song “Merry Christmas Everybody.” In the early 1970s they sold more singles than glam rock rivals such as David Bowie, T. Rex, Garry Glitter and Roxy Music. In 1972, their album Slayed reached the top of the UK Charts, as did the 1974 album Old New Borrowed and Blue.

They then expanded beyond music to explore film. The band made an appearance in a film called Slade in Flame, about the rise and fall of a fictitious band. The 1976 soundtrack album has made lists of best rock soundtracks.

Like many acts popular in the UK, they were much less successful in the US. They relocated there in 1975 but did not make a big impression. They began to see a decline in Europe as well until 1980 when they were last-minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at at the Reading Rock Festival.

The band started performing in 1966 under the name of N'Betweens but they later changed their name to Ambrose Slade, and then Slade. When the lineup changed in 1992 the remaining members used the name Slade II for a while and released one album under that name in 1994, but then eventually and quietly went back to plain Slade.

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