Noddy Holder wants original Slade line-up to reunite for Glastonbury

"I think we’d probably all have to go in on a coach each"

Noddy Holder has expressed his hopes of Slade reuniting to take on Glastonbury‘s coveted Legends Slot.

Guitarist Dave Hill is now the only remaining original member of the band, with drummer Don Powell announcing last year that he’d been fired over email after over 50 years with the group.

Hill is joined in the current version of Slade by bassist John Berry (who joined in 2003), vocalist and keyboard player Russell Keefe (who joined in 2019) and drummer Alex Bines (who joined in 2020).

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Speaking in a recent interview with The Sun, former lead singer Holder – who departed the band in 1992 – revealed that he hopes the original line-up can make amends and appear at Glastonbury Festival in the future.

The newspaper claims that Holder wants to play once again with Jim Lea, Don Powell and Dave Hill for the Legends Slot, which is this year being filled by Diana Ross. Previous artists to have performed the must-see Sunday teatime set include Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton.

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage crowd 2019
Glastonbury Festival 2019. CREDIT: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

“It would be amazing if we could work out our differences,” Holder said. “I think we’d probably all have to go [to Glastonbury] in on a coach each. Or we’d all have to have a changing room or caravan each.”

He continued: “And maybe we’d have to have glass barriers between us on stage so that there would be no fisticuffs on stage.”

Discussing the current relationship between Hill and Powell, however, Holder explained:
“I think it’s a long time before they get talking again. But that happens in rock ’n’ roll bands. If it’s not one crisis, it’s another.”

Powell expressed his “great sadness and regret” over his departure in an official statement in February 2020. “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,” the message read.

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Meanwhile, it has so far been confirmed that Billie Eilish will headline Glastonbury 2022. There is also speculation over whether Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar could fill the remaining two bill-topping slots (both artists were due to headline in 2020).

Other rumoured acts include Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack White, the latter of whom is set to perform in London the Monday after Glasto 2022 ends.

Taking to social media, the event’s co-organiser Emily Eavis recently brought in the New Year by promising fans festival news soon to kick off the build up”.

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