Chas & Dave - return of the rockney heroes
ALEXANDRA GREGG • Published 24 Feb 2013 07:30 1 Comment
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SNOOKER LOOPY: CHas & Dave
WITH a 'rockney' wit epitomising sixties London, Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock - aka Chas 'n' Dave - have been household names for more than four decades.
So it is no surprise that this timeless, comedic duo are back on the music scene with a 64-date UK tour - although it may well be their last.
"This time we're basically going to do it like a Chas and Dave life story," explained 69-year-old pianist Chas, who is constantly on the road with his own band. "It'll be Chas and Dave in the sixties/seventies, when we first got together doing covers, then the second half will include all the hits."
But he added that fans shouldn't expect a regimental set list and although he promises the usual favourites - such as Ain't No Pleasing You and Snooker Loopy - he is also planning some "extra-special surprises" to keep the audience guessing. For Chas, music is his real life-force, so to be teaming up with Dave again and performing to an army of dedicated fans is something he relishes - grasping any opportunity to do so with both hands (while still banging out tuneful ditties on the piano of course).
"People know Chas and Dave - they come out for a good time and that gives you a great feeling. Before a gig I do think 'there's people at work now saying they're coming to see us' and it excites me."
Chas explained that the popular pair had always had a strong following, but even more so now with hordes of 20-30-year-olds coming to their gigs, influenced by the likes of rocker Pete Doherty.
"Dave and I are just out there to enjoy ourselves," he told The Guide. "I picture it as if I was going to see my favourite artist, Jerry Lee Lewis. I would want him to do his hits but also to see one or two surprises."
When asked how he feels about the upcoming tour possibly being Chas and Dave's last hurrah as a two-piece, Chas said: "Nothing ends while you're still alive. We'll just keep doing what we want to do.
"I don't look upon anything as being the last anything - the only time you can say that is when you're dead!"
Chas and Dave will be at Sub89, in Reading, on Sunday, March 3; Newbury Corn Exchange on Thursday, March 28; Windsor Racecourse on Monday, April 22 and G Live, in Guildford, on Thursday, May 16. For tickets, see www.chasndave.net
This article appeared in Bracknell News 21 Feb 13
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Feb 25, 09:48