Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave return to Royal Albert Hall in April 2018. The English pop rock duo was forced to take nearly a year off from the road while Chas received treatment for cancer.
The pair, known for their “rockney” music style, will play one date at Royal Albert Hall on 20 April.
The pair consists of Charles “Chas” Hodges (vocals, piano, guitars and banjo) and David “Dave” Peacock (vocals, bass guitar, guitar, banjo, piano and ukulele).
Chas & Dave are known for their comedic songs, which strike a chord with the working class, pub sing-song culture.
Chas & Dave first made waves on the music scene with their breakthrough hit “Gertcha” in 1979. The single peaked at Number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. The duo would go on to have eight Top 40 hits and nine charting albums.
Before their own music took off, the duo played on albums for a wide range of artists. In 1975, they worked on Labi Siffre’s album Remember My Song, which included the track “I Got The.” Rapper Eminem would later sample the track in his own breakthrough hit “My Name Is.”
The duo recorded four singles for the FA Cup final, including “Tottenham Tottenham” (1982) and “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” (1981). They also made an appearance on the song “Hot Shot Tottenham!” In 1987.
They opened for Led Zeppelin in 1979 at the Knebworth Festival. They even influenced The Libertines, who said they always played their music at rehearsals. Chas says one of his proudest moments was playing at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival.
The duo has released several hits over the years, including “Ain’t No Pleasing You,” “Margate,” “Rabbit,” “London Girls,” “Knees Up,” “Strummin’,” “Poor Old Mr Woogie,” and “Snooker Loopy.”
The pair also had their own variety show in the 1980s called Chas & Dave’s Knees Up, which ran for seven episodes.
In 2008, the group released an autobiography entitled Chas & Dave – All About Us. The book was written by Hodges and published in the UK. It reportedly took Chas a quarter of a century to write the book.
After flirting with the idea of retirement, the duo returned in 2013 with the album That’s What Happens. The album was the first in 18 years for the group. They followed up with The Rockey Box in 2014 and Live at Rockplast in 2015.
The group’s April performance is the first since Chas was diagnosed with cancer.