Slade rock the Robin in hometown gig - with PICTURES

By Richard Guttridge | Bilston | Entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

It's Chriiiiistmaaas!

The boys were back where it all started for Slade as the Robin 2 in Bilston felt the noize.

And with it being that time when every Santa has a ball, it was only right they brought out arguably their most famous song.

Merry Christmas Everyone was saved for last as 700 fans wearing Santa hats sang along to one of the most famous Christmas hits.

Slade, these days minus Noddy Holder, rolled out the classics during the special homecoming show.

Dave Hill, Don Powell and the boys had the Robin rocking and the iconic band have already been booked to return to Bilston next Christmas.

Mike Hambett, from the Robin 2, said: "It was absolutely fantastic. It was like a home-town gig for them back in Bilston.

"They went down an absolute storm and they put a great show on."

Slade's appearance at the venue came just days after the man many see as the band's rival for the greatest Christmas song, Roy Wood, formerly of Wizzard, played the stage.


Long-time Slade fan Maggie Bastabell, from Sedgley, was among those in the crowd.

She said: "There was not a miserable person in site. They were happy, jolly, everyone felt like they were 14 again.

"Cum feel the noize got everybody going, everybody in the audience was stamping their feet.

"The atmosphere was electric. You can't believe how old they are, when you see Don Powell on the drums and running around. It was jaw-dropping."


Claire Gibbons, aged 28, from Sedgley, is one of Slade's younger fans.

She said: "It was a fantastic gig, they really brought the house down.

"They are a 70s band but they keep music alive, the vocals are fantastic.

"It really made it feel like Christmas with them coming home."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.


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