Slade – Hammersmith Odeon 1981


I have absolutely no idea quite why I agreed to go and see Slade all the way down in London, but I did. I can’t even remember who I went with at the moment and I’m having a bit of a guess at the date because there were three gigs there in ’81 but I’m very sure that I remember how weird it was that they played Merry Xmas Everybody so far from Christmas, so it wasn’t the January or December gig, must have been the March gig. Noddy Holder came on in a Santa suit, which was actually a lowlight of the gig for me.

There were a number of things that were highlights, such as Dave Hill’s guitar playing, he was really bloody good, although I never have and never will understand the haircuts, and the fiddle playing of Jim Lea was also really good and unexpected, by me at least.

As usual, after all these years have past, memories are hazy, so I found a set list from the gig before the one I was at as I couldn’t find the actual one, but it was pretty much the same as far as I remember.

  1. Rock and Roll Preacher
  2. When I’m Dancin’ I Ain’t Fightin’
  3. Take Me Bak ‘Ome
  4. Till Deaf Do Us Part
  5. M’Hat, M’Coat
  6. Everyday
  7. A Night to Remember
  8. Lock Up Your Daughters
  9. Gudbuy T’Jane
  10. We’ll Bring the House Down
  11. Get Down and Get With It
  12. Mama Weer All Crazee Now
  13. Merry Xmas Everybody
  14. I’m a Rocker
  15. Born to Be Wild

Slade were having a resurgence in 1981, having actual hits, in the actual charts with ‘We’ll Bring the House Down’ and ‘Lock up your daughters’

My mate Dave and I had our own lyrics for this, “Let’s have a party, woh oh oh oh oh, jelly and blancmange, sausages on sticks etc’ at 14 it was bloody hilarious.

I found this review, which may have been the gig I was at, or may not, but it was of the same period at least:


If you need to remind yourself or have no idea who the hell Slade were then here is a big chunk of songs to help you out.

2 thoughts on “Slade – Hammersmith Odeon 1981”

  1. Any information on slade would be gratefully received and is there any chance of a comeback at this late stage of there careers


  2. HiTony, Slade are still touring, although it’s Dave Hill and Don Powell as the only original members, Noddy Holder won’t be doing any more with Slade I don’t think, he’s been pretty firm about that. The new line up is touring this year I think.


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