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Chas & Dave – live in Germany. In 1983 Chas & Dave toured Germany for the first time. On that tour they recorded a live set for the legendary TV show Rockpalast which has been unreleased until now. ‘Chas & Dave live at Rockpalast’ is a two disc DVD/CD set featuring all the favourites plus rare live outings from the ‘Joblot’ album (which was being promoted by this tour) such as ‘Stop Dreaming’ and ‘Word From Anne’. The audio CD of the pack also features a special version of ‘Aint No Pleasing You’ with German lyrics which was released as a single. A great package and something a bit different. Pre-order from our webstore here

Boomtown Fair

We were extremely disappointed not to be able to play at the Boomtown Fair this afternoon. We arrived on site only to be told that health and safety had closed off the stage as it was structurally unsound due to storm damage. We waited for three hours hoping they could get the stage fixed but it wasn’t to be. Sorry to anyone who waited around to see us.

Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Icon award

We’re incredibly honoured and not to mention very chuffed to be awarded the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Icon award for 2014. Nordoff Robbins is a fantastic organisation that helps so many people through music therapy. Other 2014 award winners include Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, Sir Tom Jones, and Giorgio Moroder so we’re in good company! Find out more about the great work Nordoff Robbins does here

The Rockney Box!

We are pleased to announce The Rockney Box! It features our 4 studio albums Mustn’t Grumble, Job Lot, Well Pleased & Flying plus The 3 Jamboree Bags all in mini replica LP sleeves plus bonus ‘A sides, B sides & Buried Treasure’ and DVD discs and a 28-page booklet.
The bonus CD featurs loads of unreleased recordings and demos, B sides, live performances and TV theme tunes for the very first time on CD!As part of the box set you also get a DVD with a load of our promo videos plus live performances from Top Of The Pops.

The full track list of A sides, B sides & Buried Treasure is below…treasure indeed!

01. You Won’t See Me* (with Lonnie Donegan) 3.01
02. That Old Piano (with Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry) 3.19
03. I Miss Ya Girl* (with Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry) 4.21
04. Every Little While** (with Mike Berry) 3.11
05. Uneasy Feeling** 3.09
06. Melancholy Baby 2.16
07. You’re Just In Love 2.46
08. When Days Were Long (But Far Too Short) 4.43
09 Yesterday’s News 2.58
10. Halley’s Comet 2.26
11. In Sickness & In Health Theme Tune 2.15
12. Bangers & Mash Theme Tune** 2.21
13. Crackerjack Theme Tune* 1.44
14. Auld Lang Syne** (from the soundtrack of the film ‘Party Party’) 3.52
15. I Miss Ya Girl* (first version) 4.00
16. Turn That Noise Down* (first version) 3.12
17. Behave Yourself* (first version) 3.55
18. Ain’t No Pleasing You** (recorded at Sun Studio, Memphis) 3.53
19. Banging In Your Head** (recorded at Sun Studio, Memphis) 2.20
20. Harem** (B side to ‘Stars Over 45) 3.45
* unreleased
** unreleased on CD

Order The Rockney Box here

Chas & Dave back at Knebworth

In one of our more unlikely appearances we’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be playing at the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth this year. The last time we played at the Knebworth festival it was 1979 supporting Led Zeppelin on what was to be their final UK show with the original lineup. We must have gone down well as 35 years later we’ve been asked back!. We’ll be playing on Saturday July 5th. More details to follow..

Chas and Dave To Perform At The Royal Variety Performance

Chas and Dave will join a host of talented celebrities as part of this years Royal Variety Performance, and if the rumours are to be believed, the boys are set to perform a VERY special show….

The Royal Variety Performance will be screened on ITV in December.

‘That’s What Happens’ Out Now

That's What Happens

Chas and Dave’s highly anticipated new album ‘That’s What Happens’ is out now!

Recorded at the end of June 2013 at Abbey Road, with Grammy-winning bluesman Joe Henry on production duties, ‘That’s What Happens’ sees Chas and Dave return to their musical roots with a collection of early R&B, skiffle and rock n’ roll classics – alongside new takes on songs of their own. The album is set to highlight their finely-honed, versatile musicianship and intricate vocal harmonies and features a crack team of musicians and special guests including guitarists Albert Lee and Martin Taylor, Buddy Holly and The Crickets’ drummer J. I Allison and on keys Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie.

Pick up your copy from Amazon, iTunes or iTunes Deluxe.

‘When Two Worlds Collide’ single

Due to phenomenal demand on Twitter ‘When Two World’s Collide’ has now been released as a single! The track is due for release on 27th October. You can pre-order your copy now here and see the brand new promo video here.

Chas & Dave announce new studio album

That's What Happens

After 27 years away from the recording studio the legendary duo will mark their 50th year in music together with the October 28th release of a brand new album entitled ‘That’s What Happens’.

Recorded at the end of June 2013 at Abbey Road, with Grammy-winning bluesman Joe Henry on production duties, ‘That’s What Happens’ sees Chas and Dave return to their musical roots with a collection of early R&B, skiffle and rock n’ roll classics – alongside new takes on songs of their own. The album is set to highlight their finely-honed, versatile musicianship and intricate vocal harmonies and features a crack team of musicians and special guests including guitarists Albert Lee and Martin Taylor, Buddy Holly and The Crickets’ drummer J. I Allison and on keys Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie.

‘That’s What Happens’ is available now from Amazon, iTunes or iTunes Deluxe.

EMI are releasing a definitive 3 disc + DVD boxset of their Chas & Dave back catalogue. The set will include the Rockney, Don’t Give A Monkeys… and Live At Abbey Road albums as well as B sides and unreleased material plus the tracks recorded for 2005’s Greatest Hits collection. The set also includes the Live At Shepherd’s Bush Empire DVD from 2006. So pretty much everything we ever recorded with EMI in one package. It’s released at the end of July but you can pre-order it from our official web store here

Farrell clothing are using ‘Margate’ as the soundtrack to their Spring/Summer online campaign. Have a look here

Today is National Record Store Day. And Chas & Dave are celebrating it with a special release;
Chas & Dave present an exclusive Rabbit Shaped 7” vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day 2013. The replica shaped vinyl mirrors the 1980 original single with Side A featuring the cockney classic “Rabbit” and Side B “The Sideboard Song” limited to 750 units worldwide. You can see a pic of the vinyl here and get info on participating stores here.
The postponed Skegness date has been re-scheduled for August the 18th. Just to conform that tickets for the original date are valid for the new one.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s with great regret that Chas & Dave have had to postpone tonight’s show in Skegness as Chas has lost his voice. He was having difficulties towards the end of last night’s show and today his condition worsened. Huge apologies to all who were going tonight and we will be re-scheduling the show for later in the year – your tickets for tonight will of course be valid for the new date. Chas is currently being treated and should be fine for tomorrow and Sunday’s shows.

To coincide with the 2013 tour Bravado are re-launching the official Chas & Dave webstore with a brand new range of T-shirts and other merchandise. Have a butcher’s here

We’d like to wish all our fans a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We look forward to seeing you on tour in 2013.

Dermot O’Leary has been running a competition on his Saturday afternoon BBC Radio 2 show to find the best ‘Aint No Pleasing You’ cover version. A variety of styles are encouraged and the standard so far has been pretty good!

‘Last Orders’ – the BBC Four Chas & Dave documentary airs tonight at 9 pm.

The official promo video to ‘Head To Head (With The Undead)’ is out now. Have a butcher’s here

We thought last year’s Christmas jamboree medley went rather well so we’re doing it again with – you’ve guessed – 1983’s Jamboree Bag 2!
On December the 8th at indigo2 we’ll be playing the medley from one side of the album live in the opening half of the show for the first and only time ever. Ok, so it’s not the 30th anniversary of the album like last year’s event was for the original Jamboree bag so 29 years will have to do as we can’t wait ’til next year to do it! As ever the second half of the show is the full C&D live experience with all your Rockney faves. Add to that a support slot from the excellent Buster Shuffle and you’ve got all you need to kick-start Christmas.
You’d be loopy to miss it!
Tickets are available here and here

We’re pleased to confirm the broadcast date of the BBC Four Chas & Dave documentary. It will be aired on Friday October 26th at 9pm (BBC Four, obviously!). Don’t miss it!

We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our old friend ‘big’ Jim Sullivan on Monday. For those who don’t know, Jim was the first British rock ‘n’ roll guitar hero and was a direct influence on the guitar legends who followed such as Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.
We first became friends with Jim during our session days in the late 60s/early 70s. Not only was he a fine guitarist but also a brilliant arranger/producer in the studio. It was Jim who set up the Retreat record label (with producer Derek Lawrence) which released the debut Chas & Dave album, ‘One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver’ in 1975 – thus giving us our first break.

Jim inspired us to write the song ‘Gertcha’ (originally titled ‘Woortcha’) as it was our buzz word during sessions and became an in-joke. He suggested a song with that title would be a hit, and the rest is history!
Jim played on and arranged many hit albums, one of which was the 1975 Labi Siffre album ‘Hear My Song’, which we played on and that included the track ‘I Got The’ – this was of course sampled as the main rhythm track on Eminem’s smash hit ‘My Name Is’. It was Jim who arranged the particular section used by Eminem – a break-down in the middle of the song.

But as well as his talent, Jim was a lovely man who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife Norma and family. And we urge anyone who doesn’t know the history of big Jim to investigate.

‘Head To Head (With The Undead’) out now! Download from itunes HERE and Amazon HERE

‘Head To Head (With The Undead)’ is the theme song for the new Studiocanal comic-horror movie ‘Cockneys Vs Zombies’. Written by Dave with Chas and Nik Hodges and featuring Dave on lead vocals and bass and Chas on piano. The project goes under the name of Rockney Vs Zombies and the song will be released for download on August 31st – the day of the film’s cinema release.

Chas & Dave live 2013..You may already have heard rumours so we are pleased to confirm that Chas & Dave will be doing some shows around the country next spring. The reaction from the 2011 tour plus the deluge of emails we’ve had urging C&D to get together to play at the Olympics etc. made this happen. On a personal level we’d like to thank the fans for their love and support in getting Dave back on the road for a few more gigs.

Rockney Vs Zombies!..

Dave has co-written and recorded the theme song for the forthcoming horror film ‘Cockneys Vs Zombies’. ‘Head To Head (with the undead)’ features Chas on piano and will be released as a download single to coincide with the release of the film at the end of August. Movie details here

Don’t miss Chas performing at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London this Thursday (18th).

Chas’ ‘Ticket For The Darts’ is available now on itunes. Click here


THE stars of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts have teamed up with Chas Hodges & his band to record a charity single to be released in May called “Got My Ticket For The Darts”.

The legendary singer has written the catchy song to celebrate the recent success of darts at the top level, having been captivated by his visits to major televised PDC tournaments.

Chas and his band linked up with Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock, Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter, as well as walk-on girl Jacqui Adams, to record the video for the single.

The song will be released exclusively on iTunes on Friday May 18 after being premiered at the McCoy’s Premier League Darts Play-Offs at The O2 in London the previous night.

Proceeds from the single will be donated to the Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Phil Taylor, the 15-time World Champion, said: “It’s been great fun recording with Chas and the band, and hopefully the record will raise lots of money for Haven House.

“It’s a brilliant tune, really catchy, and I’m sure when people hear the song they’ll be singing along like we’ve all been!”

Haven House Children’s Hospice cares for youngsters aged 19 and under in north and east London and Essex who have life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for their families. For more information,

Watch out for exclusive previews of the video and behind-the-scenes footage at in the coming weeks.

Chas & Dave BBC 4 documentary

Chas and Dave will be profiled in a North One TV doc for BBC4, the indie’

s first commission for the channel.

The hour-long film, Chas & Dave; Last Orders, follows their final tour and blends live footage with archive content including duets with Eric Clapton.

It also features an array of Chas & Dave fans including Pete Doherty, Jools Holland and Phill Jupitus discussing their 50-year pop career and the influence of music hall on their songs.

The doc, due to air on BBC 4 later this year, has been ordered by BBC Arts commissioning executive producer for arts, music and events Adam Barker, who will exec produce along with North One’s John Quinn.

Chas has written the official song for the PDC Darts championship. Details to follow..

Chas & Dave are playing at this years Bestival festival on the Isle Of Wight on September 9th. A Christmas date at the indigO2 has also been added for December the 8th.

Chas will be doing some double-header gigs with Lonnie Donegan Jnr in the Spring and Summer. These will be a great mix of Rockney and Skiffle so don’t miss ‘em – see tour dates page for full dates.

Happy new year, and a big thank you all who came out to the xmas Jamboree Bag gigs. We’ll have to do that again sometime!

We’ve kept it under wraps but Chas & Dave have been in the studio with Karl Pilkington recording a special version of Aint No Pleasing You for the final ever episode of An Idiot Abroad. This was a bit of a ‘bucket list’ moment for Karl and, being big fans of the show themselves, the boys were more than happy to grant him his wish. Catch the episode on Sky One, Monday November 14th at 10pm.