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Christopher "Chris" Rees


1963-1969 The Squires [UK] - drums  
1969-1971 Toomorrow - drums  
1972-1978 Manfred Mann's Earth Band - drums  
1978 Terra Nova - drums  
1979-1981 Uriah Heep - drums  
1984-1986 The Firm - drums  
1989-1994 AC/DC - drums, percussion (as Chris Slade)  
1999-2005 Asia - drums  
2006- Ecotonic - drums, vocals  
2006- Damage Control - drums  
2008-2010 Michael Schenker Fest - drums  
2009-2019 MIWA - drums  
2015-2016 AC/DC - drums (as Chris Slade)  

Studio musician

1971 Tony Hazzard - drums  
1971 Tom Paxton - drums  
1979 Frankie Miller - drums  
1979 Kai Olsson - drums  
1982 Gary Numan - drums  
1983-1984 Mick Ralphs Band - drums  

Live musician

1984 David Gilmour - drums  
1989 Gary Moore - drums  
2006 ThundHerStruck - drums  

Guest musician

2011 Michael Schenker Fest - drums  
2015 Wolfpakk - drums  

Personal information

Also known as: Chris Slade
Born on: 30.10.1946
Official website

Chris Slade, born October 30, 1946, 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