Chas and Dave set for pier farewell

Chas and Dave, who are playing at Cromer Pier.

Chas and Dave, who are playing at Cromer Pier. - Credit: Archant

Nearly everybody knows a Chas and Dave song.

Whether it's one of their 'Rockney' kitchen-sink knees-ups of the late-1970s and early 80s (Gertcha, Rabbit, The Sideboard Song included), their Radio 2 staple Ain't No Pleasing You, that jaunty tribute to the green baize Snooker Loopy, or even one of their FA Cup songs recorded with Tottenham Hotspur ('Ossie's going to Wembley, his knees have gone all trembly') — the North London pair's songs hold a unique place in British musical life.

But before all the success of their chartbusting days, and indeed in the years since, Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock have come to be acknowledged by fellow musicians as among the very best– and best-loved – in the business.

Back in the early days of rock n' roll they played alongside greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and The Beatles, while in recent times a new generation of bands spearheaded by The Libertines have acknowledged them as an influence, an association which culminated in a joint tour with Carl Barat's and Pete Doherty's band and a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury.

Sadly, following the death of his wife Sue last year, Dave decided to call time on his musical association with Chas.


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But they're out on the road for one last time this month on their Farewell Tour, and will be playing at Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre on Sunday, April 7.

Chas said: 'The tour could be subtitled the Chas and Dave story. The first half we do Chas and Dave in the 1970s when we first got together, we started to write and went out and played to pay the rent around London.

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'Then it'll be Chas and Dave in the 1980s when we started having our big hits, right up to the present day.'

Memorable songs like Gertcha, Rabbit, The Sideboard Song and Margate and their music-hall humour have resulted in a career spanning 40 years.

But where once they were seen as deeply unfashionable, their audiences are suddenly getting younger rather than older.

'Cromer is always a great gig with a good atmosphere. We are really looking forward to it and the older I get the more I enjoy getting out there. People come out from the gigs feeling on top of the world,' Chas added.

Tickets cost £24 or £21.50 for concessions. Friends of the theatre tickets cost £20.50.

To book ring the box office on 01263 512495 or visit www.cromer-pier.com. Visit www.chasndave.net for more information.

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