Noddy to "Strictly Come Dancing" ?
"Noddy Holder has been approached to do Strictly Come Dancing.
The Slade frontman is tempted to appear on the BBC One show after admitting he enjoys the programme and his wife keeps telling him to do it, but he has reservations about signing up because of the tough workload required to win the Glitterball Trophy.
The 66-year-old star said: "I get asked to do all the reality shows but I’m in my late 60s now. I can’t be going to the North Pole and the jungle.
"I have been asked to do Strictly and I like the show — I’ve been down to watch it being filmed with my missus, who is a huge fan and keeps badgering me to do it.
"But it’s a lot of work."
The Cum on Feel the Noize singer insists the only reason he will agree to star on Strictly is if he feels he has a decent chance of winning the show.
He added to The Sun: "I know Johnny Ball did it and he’s almost 10 years older than me, but he went out in the first week. I’m competitive and I want to think I’d have a chance of winning it."
"Slade's legendary front man Noddy Holder speaks to the Star
Stephen Mather, The Star 11.4.2013
Come On Feel The Noise
His contemporaries were Marc Bolan and David Bowie and his voice is one of the most recognisable in rock music.
Now Noddy Holder is to chart his rise to superstardom from his days playing workingmen’s clubs to the pinnacle of pop fame in the intimate setting of the Citadel.
The Godfather of Glam will be joined by DJ and musician Mark Radcliffe, who specifically recommended the Water Street venue, after appearing there with his band the Family Mahone.
Speaking to the Star, Noddy said: "I have been to St Helens before, but never the Citadel. Mark said it was a great atmosphere. This whole thing was Mark’s idea.
"I did his show on Radio 2 for eight years and I was always telling him stories. When we went to the pub for a pint he said I should take my tales on the road. I never did anything about it, but this year is my 50th anniversary professionally in showbiz and 60 years since I first went on stage in workingmen’s clubs.
"It won’t be an extravagant show," he stressed. "It’s just me and my personality. We won’t be concentrating just on Slade. It will be some jokes, plus memories."
Noddy said: "There is a gap in the market for a band like Slade; dressing up, messing about and making good music; good happy records. I do see our influence in rock bands. I have young musicians coming up to me telling me that. Although Merry Christmas Everybody overshadows our catalogue, we released more than 20 albums, with an original band line-up that was together more than 20 years, having hit records.
"Overall I believe Slade have stood the test of time. Merry Christmas Everybody is 40-years-old and goes on stronger and stronger. New generations now sing it."
"I think Phil learned his tricks of the trade watching Slade. When he first saw the show, he didn’t really grasp the power they could have on the audience. Then he saw what a potent thing it was."
Asked how he thinks Slade will be remembered, he said: "As giving people a lot of fun and putting a smile on their faces."
An Evening with Noddy Holder in Conversation with Mark Radcliffe will be held at the Citadel on Thursday, April 25. Tickets cost £15. For further information call 01744 735436."
An evening with Noddy "tour"
Noddy Holder in conversation with Mark Radcliffe April - May 2013:
25.4. The Citadel, St Helen's, Merseyside
9.5. Oakengates Theatre, Telford
10.5. Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre
11.5. Gala Theatre, Durham
13.5. Bolton Albert Halls
16.5. Leeds City Varieties
17.5. Redditch Palace Theatre
18.5. Charter Theatre, Preston
19.5. Harrogate Theatre 01423 502 116
"NATIONAL treasure and Godfather of glam, Noddy Holder, is at the Albert Halls on Sunday, May 12, for a talk with his close pal, Boltonian Mark Radcliffe.
There’ll be plenty of anecdotes to savour, including Noddy re-living the heady days of Slade in the seventies.
An Evening with Noddy Holder, Albert Halls, Bolton, Sunday, May 12. Box office 01204 334400."
Noddy Holder on 50 years in showbiz
"... and why Glam is back in fashion
by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo 5.4.2013
Noddy Holder and Mark Radcliffe
I COULD have been a history teacher,” muses Neville John “Noddy” Holder. “And I would have been a good history teacher as well.”
Education’s loss has turned out to be entertainment’s gain of course over the past 50 – yes, 50 – years.
Now the man who implored a generation to Cum On Feel The Noize is reflecting on the landmark in a new touring “in conversation” show with radio buddy Mark Radcliffe, heading for St Helens this month.
“This year is my 50th year in professional showbiz and my 60th since I got up and sang in working men's’ clubs as a kid,” Noddy reveals.
“My dad used to sing in working men's clubs in my hometown, Walsall, and around West Bromwich and Dudley, and he’d take me along.
“The first time I got up I was seven and I sang I Believe, the Frankie Laine version that was number one in the charts at the time. I got massive applause, and it was downhill all the way!
“I was always suckered by showbiz.”
As a child that included being mesmerised by “the glamour of panto”, so perhaps it’s not surprising most people’s abiding image of the Slade frontman is sequined and satined up from his platform heels to his top hat.
Despite starting out his career as a fresh-faced teenager in the Memphis Cutouts, and a brief flirtation with skinhead style, it’s as a leading exponent of Glam rock that he really hit the big time.
Slade are celebrated in all their loon-panted glory as part of the current Glam exhibition at Tate Liverpool.
The 67-year-old has a famous hat of his own, covered in mirrors, which has stayed securely under lock and key since he once loaned it to a show and it came back damaged.
“It’s an icon of its time,” he laughs. “It took on its own life. It’s kept safe, and my kids will have to fight for it when I’m long gone.”