Odds and sods about the British rock band Slade

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Slade in Korsoer, Denmark

On the 21st of May Slade played a festival in Danish town Korsør with an audience of 10,000. Among the other artists on the bill were Sweet, Rubettes and Dr. Hook, but Slade was to close the festival at 11 p.m. Because they were on so late, my daugter Tea and I decided not to spend the whole day there, so we didn’t take the train from Odense until five o’clock.
It’s only half an hours drive between Odense and Korsoer, but what we didn’t know was that it took 45 minutes to walk from the train station to the festival grounds! So it was past six before we arrived.
We quickly spotted Hanne and some other friends (and Rocky, the dog, of course!), so we went over to say hello. Don was somewhere out front talking to some fans, so it took a while before he came backstage. When finally he showed up someone had fetched him a big bowl of sweets so the next couple of hours we spent in a tent backstage eating sweets and drinking tea, while Tea did a cart wheel competition with some of the local crew outside. It was so funny!
We’d been told that it would rain all day, but we were lucky, no rain, but a beautiful rainbow instead!
The rest of the band turned up around nine and I had a nice chat with Dave. Then when Dr. Hook went on I got on the side of the stage to watch them. I’d never seen them live before, but they were amazing! And Ray Sawyer was ever so funny. Afterwards when he came off stage he went directly over to Tea and me to say hello. What a nice man! I even had my photo taken with him.
Finally it was time for Slade to set up on stage and what happened? The rain started to pour down. Tim, Robin, Don and the rest ran around moving things so that the equipment wouldn’t get wet. But then 15 minutes later the rain was gone and Slade were ready to go on at 11.15 p.m.
The set list was as follows:
We’ll Bring The House Down
Take Me Bak ‘Ome
Lock Up Your Daughters
Far Far Away
Red Hot
‘Coz I Luv You
Run Runaway
My Oh My
Gudbuy T’Jane
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Get Down And Get With It
And for the encore:
Cum On Feel The Noize
Yes, you’re right. There was no Merry Xmas Everybody. Things were running late, so they had to leave it out.
Great concert anyway although there were a few problems, so Tim had to go on stage. Once to fasten John’s guitar strap and once to help out with Dave’s guitar. Slade did their usual funny routines on stage, dancing around, pulling funny faces and having a bit of a banter between them. Mal thanked the crowd for waiting so long to see them. His bass was REALLY good on CILY, by the way! The audience went nuts when Dave brought out his Super Yob guitar and all in all it was a very good crowd that night. John was actually drying his eyes in mock-despair when they were to leave the stage, but as usual it was Don who really had the audience laughing.
When he went on stage again for the encore, he tripped, then quickly made up for it by pulling down his trousers (the elastic in his trousers had burst before he went on stage) – just enough for the audience to see his left butt cheek. Then he pranced around on the way to his drums. People were roaring with laughter!
As soon as Slade had finished, the local crew started to take down the stage and drive the audience off the grounds. That way we only spent half an hour in Slade’s trailer afterwards and when we left we were the only ones around.
We then walked all the way to the station (and got a little lost on the way), but at the station we met hard-core fans Per and Kirsten and we took the train back with them and their friends. We were back home around 2 a.m., so it was straight to bed! Thanks for a nice night out, all! See you again in August.


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