CHRIS SLADE OPENS UP ABOUT BRIAN JOHNSON AND AXL ROSE
Chris Slade was recently interviewed by Sonic Perspectives. There is no denying the drummer’s talent having played with AC/DC, Tom Jones, 80s super-group The Firm, David Gilmour, Michael Schenker, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore, and a ton of other acts. He took over for Simon Wright, and was famously featured on AC/DC’s 1990 release The Razor’s Edge.
Who doesn’t remember seeing him with his two bass drums in the air during the video for “Thunderstruck”? It was such a different setup for an AC/DC drummer, Wright and Phil Rudd had more of a John Bonham setup. A simple five piece, but who was going to argue with an in demand drummer like Slade about his setup?
NEED A REFRESHER? CHECK OUT CHRIS SLADE ON AC/DC’S SMASH HIT “THUNDERSTRUCK”:
During the interview he goes on to discuss the situation between Brian Johnson, and their switch to Axle Rose:
“I think Brian was doing the best he possibly could do. I could hear him so well because I was using in-ear monitors. He didn’t sound anything like he thought he sounded. But of course, he felt really bad that he couldn’t do what he considered his best. I was shocked when he was no longer around.
I was even more shocked when they said they were trying out Axl Rose. I was like, “What?” because I heard all the stories. Turns out he was the nicest guy, and when he started singing, I didn’t realize that he had that voice. He was phenomenal and could cover all the eras! He was never late for anything as AC/DC goes by the second, not the minute when they start a show.“
During the interview he also discusses his time in The Firm with Jimmy Page, getting his start at 16 with Tom Jones, and his latest project The Chris Slade Timeline.