Happy birthday to Don Powell, drummer with SLADE for forty years, who is sixty today (and looking good on it too).
He's been through the highs and lows of a career in music but always comes across as a nice bloke. Drummers are always the 'quiet ones' in a band (with one or two exceptions) and Don fits that bill for SLADE, pounding away in the background while the others put on a show up front. It was nice to see him on telly last Christmas on the C4 show about recording a Christmas No 1 but, typically, he didn't get to say anything! Still he drummed on it and Dave played guitar and I bought the download.
He wrote some of the early songs with Jim - they're quite different to the songs Nod and Jim wrote, a different sound and feel, but I like them. And apparently he's writing again.
There don't seem to be many photos of Don on his own floating around the interweb but here are a couple of 'then and now' photos (the 'now' photo taken a few weeks ago by Lise and posted in her SLADEblog). Here's hoping for more photos in the new SLADE book. And a photo of Don and the lads doing what they did best!