GLAS­GOW VISIT

Dave Hill heads for SWG3

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SLADE star Dave Hill has never shied away from dar­ing out­fit choices – ex­cept when it comes to wear­ing a kilt.

The mu­si­cian con­fessed that he al­ways wanted to wear the tra­di­tional Scot­tish dress as a child – but never got round to it de­spite show­cas­ing un­for­get­table flam­boy­ant out­fits in Slade.

“When I was a kid, I al­ways wanted to buy a kilt,” he beamed. “I know it is a tra­di­tion and all part of the past.

“We used to go up to Scot­land to visit a re­la­tion in Dundee and there were all th­ese kilts.

“My dad said, ‘Do you re­alise how much that costs?’

“I never did get one,” he laughed.

The star, 73, might just get a chance to ex­plore his in­ner Scots­man when he vis­its the city next month to per­form with Slade as part of The Rockin’ Home for Christ­mas tour.

Hav­ing played iconic Glas­gow venues in the past such as the Apollo, they will now be tak­ing their show to SWG3 on De­cem­ber 17.

“Com­ing to Glas­gow has al­ways been some­thing spe­cial to me,” he said with a smile in his voice.

He laughed: “I al­ways re­mem­ber stay­ing in a dodgy bed and break­fast on Bath Street, and the Scots­man (who owned it) said, ‘Are you in a band? There is one rule, no birds’

“It was so funny. I will al­ways re­mem­ber it.”

The band, now with­out for­mer front­man Noddy Holder, has sus­tained a ca­reer for more than five decades with hits Cum On Feel The Noize and Coz I Luv You pro­pel­ling them into rock ’n’ roll his­tory. To­day, Dave con­tin­ues to per­form Slade’s mu­sic around the world, a task which ap­pears to be an easy feat con­sid­er­ing how suc­cess­ful the band has been.

He said: “The show that we will do is based on all those re­ally big songs. I can play for an hour and 15 min­utes and there isn’t one song which is ei­ther a num­ber one or a top 20 hit.

“I have so much to choose from be­cause we had hits in the 80s as well, you see.”

Dave has also promised fans he will con­tinue to show off his stylish side on stage – ex­cept th­ese days you are more likely to find him look­ing for out­fit in­spi­ra­tion in the store of a pop­u­lar High Street re­tailer. “I shop in Zara,” he said.

“I can find glitzy things In Zara, it is a good shop.

“In the early days, I had two peo­ple mak­ing my clothes be­cause you couldn’t buy them, it was my ideas. Some­times when I was young, I used to fid­dle about buy­ing the long frock coats women would wear.

“They were black and I would spray them silver and put moons on them. I had so much fun. I used to get car paint to spray th­ese coats up against the door. One day I pulled away and there was an im­print on the door.

“My dad was like, ‘You stupid so and so, you should have gone out­side and done it,” he chuck­led.

De­spite still be­ing rock ’n’ roll about his im­age, Dave has made an ef­fort to look af­ter him­self more on tour, es­pe­cially af­ter health scares in re­cent years, which in­cluded a stroke.

He said: “What I try to do on the road is I don’t drink.

“Af­ter a show within half an

‘‘ I al­ways re­mem­ber stay­ing in a dodgy bed and break­fast on Bath Street

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