Slade split after over 53 years with Don Powell ditched over email by Dave Hill

Slade have split after 53 years together.

The news of Dave Hill's Slade going their separate ways was shared by drummer Don Powell on his personal website on Monday.

The drummer claims that he found out from guitarist Dave Hill – the only other original member of the band, who he has been pals with since the 60s – that he was axed via a "cold email."

A statement on Powell’s website said: "It is with great sadness and regret that Don needs to inform his fans that he now is no longer a member of Dave Hill’s Slade.

"Dave has sent Don a cold email to inform him that his services are no longer required, after working together and being friends since 1963."

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Hill penned on Slade’s website that: "our parting of the ways has not come out of the blue and his announcement is not accurate".

Don revealed in light of the new arrangement that he is embarking on a new project and will be touring with his band – who will be called Don Powell’s Slade.

The statement detailed: "The great news is that Don is now fully fit to play drums again! He is coming back with his band who will be called Don Powell's Slade.

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"He is forming it with ex-Slade 2 bass guitar member Craig Fenney. We will post more news about the recruited members in due course. Don so looks forward to going on the road and seeing all the fans again."

Slade were the first ever group to have three singles enter the charts at No 1 in the UK and their festive hit Merry Xmas Everyone returns to the charts every Christmas.

Frontman Noddy Holder fell out with the other members in 1992 and decided to leave the band.

In 2015 he told MailOnline that his biggest regret was that he and the other bandmates did not make peace.

"It really saddens me that the four guys who were in Slade [Holder, Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell] can’t get together now and sit round the dinner table.

"Five years ago I got the four of us together so we could air our grievances face-to-face, but it was so painful I’d never want to repeat it. I was shocked."

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