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.”
"The all important drum seat was filled by Chris Slade of Manfred Mann's Earth band and Tom Jones' fame. But Jimmy (Page) had to wait until Chris came off the road from the Dave Gilmour tour. Jimmy didn't mind, Chris was a monster drummer and well worth the wait.." - TONY FRANKLIN bassist for The Firm
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". Chris without a doubt is responsible for adding some new fire to the AC/DC writing/recording kitchen and is in big part responsible for their cooking up a BIG comeback with this record. Many argue that Chris Slade was the most popular and overall best fit for AC/DC, while band purists retain that Phil Rudd [AC/DC's original drummer who had left to go into years of rehab] known for his very basic [behind the beat] "groove" approach to the bands songs is the only choice. Many fans still argue this issue today on blogs across the world.
"Chris Slade was the best musician in AC/DC" - ANGUS YOUNG
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Drum Dungeon Bio - CHRIS SLADE
Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees, 30 October 1946, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales) is a Welsh rock drummer who has enjoyed a long and varied career with many artists.
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).
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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.
Chris Slade playing with AC/DC at castle Donington performing one of the hit tracks he recorded with them from the Razors Edge album "Thunderstruck"
Chris doing an interview for a local TV show in Cali, explaining a bit on his career
Sladey holding that groove for Angus
Chris back in 1964 playing with Tom Jones - check out Sladey with hair!
Earth Band co-founder Chris Slade playing the Midnight Special back in 1975
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 .
"We would just like to add that we wish Chris all the best and he will always remain a friend of Asia." - GEOFF DOWNES
Now, having parted ways with "Asia" in 2005 to pursue other musical ventures, and his new line of personalized "Drums" and "Drum Jewelry", Chris has released a new CD with english power trio "Damage Control" featuring Pete Way of "UFO" and Robin George, a recording with Cali based metal group "Miwa".
Chris is currently, in 2010 through 2011, touring on and off with his own band "Chris Slade's Steel Circle", The Michael Schenker Group, and another excellent Cali based rock band featuring the husband and wife team of Jason Ebs and Janea Chadwick named "Ecotonic".