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)’ 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, visitwww.havenhouse.org.uk.
Watch out for exclusive previews of the video and behind-the-scenes footage at www.pdc.tv 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 ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ 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.
A second Christmas Jamboree Bag date has been added at the indig02 for December 22nd. Check live dates page for ticket links.
We’re delighted to announce that due to public demand, the boys will be playing a special Christmas Jamboree show at the Indigo2 on December 23rd. In the first half of a two part set, They’ll be playing the full medley from the first Christmas Jamboree Bag album live for the first time ever to mark the 30th anniversary of its release. This medley was one of the most requested when we ran the setlist vote prior to the final tour but unfortunately wasn’t practical for the tour. Not to be missed!! Tickets available here
Well, that’s the tour done with…and the boys can’t thank all the fans enough for making it such a fantastic experience for all. That’s not the end of things though..there’re gonna be lots of C&D developments and news to keep up with so keep it here for all your info. In the meantime Chas is straight back out on the road with his band and you catch his live dates on the tour dates page.
Due to massive demand they’ll be a special – strictly limited – show at London’s legendary 100 Club on May 15th to mark the end of the tour. The show will also be recorded to tie in with a planned live album release of the tour by EMI. Tickets available here
As mentioned below, last night’s storming set at the Indigo2 was recorded by Abbey Road and, in our humble opinion, gives the original live from Abbey Road live album a run for its money! It’s now available to buy as CD or download here
Chas & Dave farewell tour live CDs..We’re very excited that Abbey Road will be recording the shows at the Indigo o2 (March 10th), The Cavern, and Burgess Hill and selling the CDs immediately after each show. So you’ll be able to purchase the live CD of the show you’ve just seen (nope, we don’t know how they do it either!). In addition, a brand new exclusive – and rather good – range of tour T-shirts will be available at the shows.
The Chas & Dave Final Tour Set list Vote is now closed. Many thanks for all your votes. We’ll now be counting them up and adding the various faves to the set throughout the tour.
We’re delighted to announce that Kate Garner – Chas’ daughter & Dave’s goddaughter – will be supporting the boys on selected dates of the forthcoming tour. Kate has been playing the piano and writing songs since she was four years old and has received rave reviews for her unique songwriting and quintessentially English lyrics. To find out more and to see which dates Kate will be appearing at click here
The Chas & Dave Final Tour Set list Vote!
Thanks for all your votes so far and keep ‘em coming. We have a provisional shut-off date for the vote of the 25th of February but we’re flexible as the tour set is likely to evolve as the tour progresses.
For the final tour we’ll be asking you the fans what songs you’d like to hear.
You can choose a list of three songs and email them to us here. Shortly before the tour starts we’ll count up the votes and the most popular songs will go into the set.
Bear in mind that the boys have quite a few songs in the back catalogue so we’re looking for requests of songs that haven’t been played for some time or maybe never played live before ( it’s highly likely they’ll be playing all the hits on this tour so be creative and avoid voting for the ‘obvious’ ones!)
So start by refreshing your memory with the discography page here, browse through some albums, and get voting!
(sorry, as it’s a family show, no votes for the ‘B***ocks Song’ please! – no football songs either!)
Hastings gig venue change
Due to venue problems, the promoter of Chas & Dave’s gig at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Hastings has had to move the show to the Brighton Komedia (same date April 22nd). This is obviously beyond our control but apologies to any ticket holders for Hastings, and these will be either refunded or valid for the new replacement venue. We’ll give more details on here as soon as we have them.
Chas & Dave would like to wish all their fans a very happy Christmas and new year, and look forward to seeing you on tour in 2011.
A third Indigo o2 date has been added to the tour on April 18th. Check out the full tour dates page for ticket details.
Chas will be playing at the 100 Club on Thursday November 25th in aid of the Save The 100 Club campaign. Clem Cattini and Roddy Radiation (The Specials) and his Skabilly Rebels will also be on the bill. We urge all lovers of music to back this campaign as a true example of London’s entertainment heritage is under threat. You can get tickets here and you can join the fight here
Full tour dates of Chas & Dave’s 2011 are now on the tour dates page. Full ticket links added soon.
Due to public demand, an extra date has been added at the o2 Indigo on March 10th 2011. Order tickets here
We’re delighted to announce that Chas & Dave will be back in 2011.
After Dave’s much publicised retirement from the band following the death of his wife Sue last year, the boys recently decided to get back on the road for a farewell tour next year. Full tour dates are currently being finalised but the one confirmed date is at the o2 Indigo, London, on March 11th 2011. Tickets are now on sale here. Keep an eye on the tour dates page for updates. But of course in the meantime, get your Rockney fix by checking out Chas and His Band who are on tour now (check tour dates page for dates).
Stop Dreamin’ – the new Chas & Dave/Ray Cooney musical finally hits the stage in October. Featuring all the C&D classics plus a great story and cast. You can get all the details of when and where you can see the show by checking out the new Facebook page here and you can hear cast recordings of the show by going to the official Myspace page here
Chas’ new book ‘Chas’ Rock’n'Roll Allotment’ hits the shops next month. Published by Apex it’s a gardening book with a difference featuring a foreword by Jools Holland. You can get the full story and ordering details here