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Review: Slade frontman still Noddy but nice

Rock legend Noddy Holder made his belated Northern Ireland debut last night, 50 years into his music career.

"It's a good time to do it," cackled the 67-year-old former Slade frontman, "before I croak!"

Holder wasn't on stage in Bangor's Windsor Inn to scream in those unmistakeable tones or to crank out the glam-rock riffs.

The Open House Festival had managed to tempt Holder over to regale an intimate audience with tales from his eventful life.

Holder reminisced about his journey from playing 14-hour shifts in German clubs with his teen band to touring the world in the midst of 'Slade-mania'.

Holder was candid, self-deprecating and effortlessly charismatic as he wheeled out the anecdotes, name-dropping the likes of Freddie Mercury, Marc Bolan and, er, Jimmy Savile.

Even hardened Slade fans seemed surprised to learn the band were the biggest-selling UK singles band in the 1970s.

Holder's recollections of Slade drummer Don Powell's near-fatal car accident were affecting.

But talk kept coming back to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, three things he had taken full advantage of in his heyday. "You've got to make the most of it," Holder roared, "unless you're crazy!"

ANDREW JOHNSTON

Belfast Telegraph

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