Slade legend to play South Shields pub gig

HEADING TO SHIELDS ... Slade's Don Powell. Below, Bessie and the Zinc Buckets.
HEADING TO SHIELDS ... Slade's Don Powell. Below, Bessie and the Zinc Buckets.

ROCK music fans in South Tyneside will be slayed when the drummer with a legendary 1970s outfit pays a visit next month.

Don Powell – one of the original members of Midlands chart-toppers Slade – is flying in from his home in Denmark to play a one-off gig at the Trimmers Arms pub in Commercial Road, South Shields.

He’ll be sitting in with borough rockers Bessie and the Zinc Buckets after becoming friends with the band at a motorbike rally in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders.

Kev Charlton, lead singer and double bass player with the Buckets, described Powell’s appearance as “a bit surreal”.

He said: “He’s coming here off his own back.

“He asked if he could sit in with the band.

“We couldn’t believe it – he’s the legendary Don Powell from Slade and he wants to play with us. It’s insane.”

At the Kelso gig, Powell got up and joined the band for the Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey In The Jar, and on the Slade classic, Coz I Luv You.

Kev added: “He just loved the band and asked if he could come and play with us. Now he’s booked in to a hotel and is going to play a pub gig.

“It’s a bit surreal, and difficult to get our heads around.

“He’s a lovely, salt-of-the-earth sort of bloke.

“There’s no airs or graces – he’s just one of the lads.”

Don played with Slade from 1969 on such classics as Cum On Feel The Noize, Mama Weer All Crazy Now and the perennial Christmas favourite, Merry Xmas Everybody.

Lead singer Noddy Holder left the band in 1992, but Don still tours as Slade with original bass player Dave Hill.

Meanwhile, these are also exciting times for Bessie and the Zinc Buckets.

Next year, the boys are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a concert at the City Hall in Newcastle on April 19.

But first, the band are going to work up a number of Slade classics to play with Don at the free-to-enter Trimmers Arms gig on Friday, October 11.

Kev said: “All the band are huge Slade fans, and we really can’t believe that he’s coming all the way from Denmark just to play with us at a pub gig in South Shields. It’s unreal, but a huge honour.

“We wanted to do something to mark our 30th anniversary. I used to work at the City Hall for years and would hump all the bands’ gear. Now I’ll be humping my own gear.”

Tickets for next April’s concert are available from the City Hall now.

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