Slade’s original drummer has been sacked from the glam rock group after being a member for more than 50 years.
Don Powell, 73, had been a member of the group, which is best known for its Christmas hit Merry Xmas Everybody, since the 1960s. However, he says he was sent a “cold email” by the last remaining original member, Dave Hill, telling him that he would no longer be performing for the group.
In a statement on his website, representatives of Powell said: “It is with great sadness and regret that Don needs to inform his fans that he now is no longer a member of Dave Hill’s Slade.
“Dave has sent Don a cold email to inform him that his services are no longer required, after working together and being friends since 1963.”
However, in a twist, Powell has set up a band rivalling Dave Hill’s Slade – called Don Powell’s Slade. The statement added: “However, the great news is that Don is now fully fit to play drums again! He is coming back with his band who will be called Don Powell’s Slade.
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