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Earl Slick

From the spacey sounds of 70s David Bowie, to the seminal solo work of John Lennon, to the gritty resurgence of punk pioneers the New York Dolls, guitarist Earl Slick has had two hands in shaping the sounds that have come to define legends. Slick got his start in the club scene of New York City before joining Bowie for the Diamond Dogs tour, during which the iconic "David Live" was recorded at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia. Slick remained with Bowie for his next two studio albums, which saw the singer transform into his Thin White Duke persona, resulting in the classic "Young Americans" (1975) and the more experimental "Station to Station" (1976).

When Bowie relocated to Germany, Slick remained in the US, appearing on Ian Hunter’s "Overnight Angels" and many other releases, as well as launching his solo career, with the records "Razor Sharp" (1976) and "Earl Slick Band" (1976).

Up next, Slick worked alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono on "Double Fantasy" (1980). After Lennon’s tragic death the same year, Slick returned to the studio with Ono for "Season of Glass" (1981). Slick also appeared on the posthumously released Lennon compilation "Milk and Honey" (1984).

Slick returned to Bowie for the sold-out "Serious Moonlight" world tour in 1983, and contributed to the Yardbirds’ reunion, "Box of Frogs" (1984). Following that whirlwind, Slick formed Phantom, Rocker and Slick, with ex-Stray Cats Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker. Slick appeared with Carl Perkins and a host of other legends -- Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Roseanne Cash, to name a few -- for "Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session" (1985).

In 2000, Slick accepted an offer to rejoin Bowie full-time, appearing on Bowie’s studio efforts "Heathen" (2002), and "Reality" (2003) and their supporting tours, during which the "Reality" tour DVD (2004) and companion double CD were recorded. Bowie, Robert Smith (The Cure), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) and other notables contributed to Slick’s solo release "Zig Zag" (2003). In 2011, Slick joined the legendary New York Dolls, touring the U.S., Europe and Australia.