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Slick & Slate, plus Heartbreaker Ron Blair, at Norman's Rare Guitars



Earl Slick, Jeff Slate and former Heartbreaker Ron Blair stopped by Norman's Rare Guitars in Los Angeles last week to chat and play some songs, and to talk about their show together at the El Rey Theater, celebrating Tom Petty's life and music.

Check it out via YouTube. And be sure to subscribe to Norm's channel and brand new podcast.

Jeff Slate joins Earl Slick, David Bowie alumns for A Bowie Celebration

Jeff will be joining his pals Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Bernard Fowler, Carmine Rojas, Lee John and more on three East Coast dates of the A Bowie Celebration tour. He will appear with the band of Bowie alums at Irving Plaza in New York City, the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and at the Keswick in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 2019.

For more information and tickets, visit the A Bowie Celebration website.

Slick & Slate to headline #PettyPalooza celebration in New London, Connecticut on October 20

Celebrate Tom Petty's birthday with Slick & Slate, Learning To Fly and the Rivergods, on Saturday, October 20th.

Legendary guitarist Earl Slick and NYC songwriter Jeff Slate bring their band to New London, Connecticut's Hygenic Arts Park, to celebrate the life and legacy of Tom Petty, along with the amazing Petty tribute band Learning To Fly and local Americana favorites the Rivergods.

Slick & Slate will play a set of Petty classics and deep cuts, as well as songs by Bob Dylan, The Byrds, the Traveling Wilburys, John Lennon, David Bowie, and more, alongside their own original music. Learning To Fly are the premiere New England Tom Petty tribute act, and will offer a set of radio hits and fan favorites. The Rivergods will open the night with their wonderful, acoustic-based take on Petty's music.

Benefiting the Connecticut Humane Society.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 28th at noon. Watch for more details.

Jeff Slate & Friends: David Bowie Is Closing Weekend Celebration

Jeff Slate and his all-star band will celebrate the life and music the late, great David Bowie, and the end of the David Bowie Is exhibition, at Hill Country Live! on Saturday, July 14th, with two sets of music beginning at 9 PM. Some very special guests are expected to join Jeff and the band, including David Bowie band alums Earl Slick and Mark Plati, and former-Lez Zeppelin star Shannon Conley. This is a No Cover show so make your "club level" reservations early by calling 212-255-4544!

Jeff and the band, who have had a residency at Hill Country for over Five Years, will rock the house with music by Bowie and the musical legends who inspired him, including John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Lou Reed/VU, Iggy Pop and more, as well as Jeff's original music inspired by The Thin White Duke.


Legendary guitarist Earl Slick and his former David Bowie bandmate Mark Plati, along with drummer Lee John Madeloni, joined Jeff Slate at Philadelphia's Union Transfer for the finale of the weeklong celebration Philly Loves Bowie, which raised a record sum for the local Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Here's the band's opening number, the David Bowie classic "Rebel Rebel":



Slick & Slate set to appear at the Philadelphia charity event A Night Of Stardust, part of the Philly Loves Bowie week of events, with musical pal Mark Plati.

Here's more info:

A Night of Stardust, a celebration of David Bowie, and the grand finale of Philly Loves Bowie Week is happening again on January 14th, 2018, and will take place at Union Transfer.  Greg Shelton created A Night of Stardust in 2016 after Bowie’s death shocked the world. “David Bowie paved the way musically, creatively and stylistically for so many people and continued to be a fearless visionary even up until his death. I wouldn't be the person I am without him. It's a pleasure to honor him at the highest level for the things that he gave me, the people of Philly and the world of Music, Art, Motion Pictures and Fashion." says SheltonHis vision was to put together a true celebration of Bowie, not just his music, but his style, and his various gifts to the world of music.  After selling out both World Cafe Live in Wilmington and Philadelphia in 2016 and 2017, Shelton and his team (comprised of Gable Music Ventures, Dan Kauffman, and Lance Davis) knew a larger venue was needed and all unanimously favored Union Transfer for the 2018 event.


Fans that attended the sold out show at World Cafe Live in January of this year will recognize the band members as each player is returning for 2018, and many of the vocalists including Johnny Showcase, Ginger Coyle, Grady Hoss, Deanna Roisin, and Hotsy Totsy are performing again.  New additions to the lineup include Alyssa Lee Lewis, and TruVox a teen vocal ensemble directed by Alyssa’s father Paul Lewis, best known for his band Y-Not.  “Of course Bowie’s songs are brilliant and I am the biggest fan, but for me I'm a bigger fan of who David Bowie was, an artist, a massive presence, his style, an actor and killer singer “says vocal director Lance Davis. “The last two Bowie concerts we’ve done were incredibly successful beyond our expectations. I'm ecstatic to see this evolve so quickly, not to mention Philly being a memorable part of his story!”


Perhaps the biggest news going into the January 14th 2018 celebration, is the scheduled performance of Earl Slick and Mark Plati (both ex Bowie band members.) Earl played lead guitar on David Live, Young Americans, Station to Station, Heathen, Reality, and toured extensively with Bowie.  Stepping up out of an appreciation of the dedication of the Sigma Kids, including Philly Loves Bowie’s own Patti Brett & Marla Kanevsky, and also to assist in the goal of raising money for The Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in memory of David Bowie  (the event’s beneficiary), he will be performing along with Mark Plati, who also has history performing and producing with David Bowie. Also performing is Jeff Slate, his partner in Slick & Slate, and his own son Lee John Madeloni on drums.


The finale concert will also include a Silent Auction that will include some Bowie memorabilia and some wonderful things for concert attendees to bid on. All proceeds of the auction will also benefit The Bowie Fund for CHOP.


Philadelphia Bowie fans get a full ten days of Bowie events kicking off on Friday January 5th with an exclusive tasting off a Bowie inspired Beer at Doobies Bar and the 2nd annual regional pop-up art show, inspired by Bowie.


Patti Brett, one of the organizers of Philly Loves Bowie Week says, “When David Bowie left us in 2016, I knew I had to do something to honor his memory.  I reached out to a handful of friends that helped me create what has become Philly Loves Bowie Week. What a lovely tribute to the man who inspired all of us, in a variety of ways. I'm so incredibly thrilled to be a part of this”.


Robert Drake, another of the organizers of Philly Loves Bowie Week says, “besides a week+ of events and activities designed to celebrate the man and his unique spirit – we wanted to make sure that we could use this week as a portal to raise awareness and funds to help benefit cancer research in David’s memory, and who better to benefit than children … and when it comes to caring for children, there’s no place better than the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. While no one should have to go through cancer, it seems especially cruel when it happens to a child. So, at every event during the Philly Loves Bowie week, we will work to raise both funds and awareness through the magic that is David Bowie.


As the Starman said himself… let all the children boogie!

More information on #PhillyLovesBowie week can be found at


Earl Slick and Jeff Slate return to Hill Country Live! in New York City on August 12th

Slick & Slate will perform new music as well as favorites from their vast catalog as performers

They’re Back!

SLICK & SLATE – legendary guitarist Earl Slick and songwriter Jeff Slate – bring their new collaboration back to Hill Country Live!, at 30 West 26th Street in New York City, on Saturday, August 12th, for a night of new material, songs from previous projects together (as well as those with their famous friends), plus their own take on some of the greatest rock and roll songs of the past 50-plus years.

This is a show that is not to be missed, so make your FREE “club level” reservations at 212-255-4544 early!


Slick & Slate's debut at Hill Country Live! in New York City was a true barn burner. The band -- Jeff Slate, Earl Slick, Johnny Pisano, Alex Alexander and special guest Mark Plati -- tore through two hours of originals, songs from David Bowie, John Lennon, the Small Faces, and more.

Here's "Dead Flowers," via Facebook:


First show Old Friends, New Music at Hill Country Live! in NYC on May 20th

Slick & Slate will perform new music as well as favorites from their vast catalog as performers

SLICK & SLATE -- legendary guitarist Earl Slick and songwriter Jeff Slate -- will debut their new collaboration at Hill Country Live!, at 30 West 26th Street in New York City, on Saturday, May 20th. The duo will premiere new material, play songs from previous projects together (as well as those with their famous friends) and will deliver their own take on some of the greatest rock and roll songs of the past 50-plus years.

This is a show that is not to be missed, so make your FREE "club level" reservations at 212-255-4544 early!


Catch the brand new video for Slick & Slate's "Letter From Paris (Showed Me The Way)" from Jeff's Secret Poetry album. The video was directed by Patrick McGuinn.

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