Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave - Back by popular demand! at The Ritz, Manchester
MJR Live presents
Chas & Dave - Back by popular demand!
Over 14s only, under 16s to be accompanied. Photo I.D may be required.
The inventors of 'Rockney' are back by popular demand. Chas & Dave, who coined the term as their own genre, play at Manchester Ritz as part of their winter UK tour. The show takes place on 29th November and will give fans the chance to see pianist Charles Hodges and bassist David Peacock perform hits from their extensive and much-loved catalogue. Expect rock 'n' roll
Both Chas and Dave had musical history when they dreamt up the idea to write songs together. Their first LP 'One Fing 'N' Annuver' was released in 1975, by which time Chas had worked legendary producer Joe Meek and backed Jerry Lee Lewis, while Dave had spells with The Tumbleweeds and Mick Greenwood. The pair met and bonded when they both played in Black Claw. Chas & Dave say that they "wrote and recorded songs about life in London, in the tradition of The Kinks and The Small Faces but at the same time as Ian Drury and Squeeze. With support from leading radio DJs including John Peel, Chas & Dave began to make a name for cockney rock 'n' roll. Additionally, their music quickly became known for its richly comic quality - among the tracks on their debut release was 'Scruffy Old Cow'.
Next came the genesis of the bands label, which they named Rockney. There followed an album of the same name, then in 1979 came 'Don't Give A Monkeys', the album that yielded Chas & Dave's first entry in the UK Top 20 singles chart. The song was also used by beer brewers Courage in an advertising campaign. They opened for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth that year too. Chas & Dave were working their way into the hearts of a nation. Their most successful singles to date, 'Rabbit' and 'Ain't No Pleasing You' paved the way into the 1980s, a decade during which the chirpy Londoners cemented their household name status. They did this via an FA Cup Final song for Tottenham Hotspur, 'Snooker Loopy' (a song about snooker, naturally) and various TV specials of their own.
The 90s marked the band's highest charting album, 'Street Party' and saw them embark on their first American tour. An unlikely credit on Eminem's hit 'My Name Is' followed. The rapper used a Labbi Siffre sample and Chas & Dave had played on the original. The Libertines became the next modern artist to associate themselves with Chas & Dave, who had been a big inspiration for the band's Pete Doherty and Carl Barât. Chas & Dave joined the indie outfit onstage in London.
Following a hiatus after the death of Dave's wife in 2009, the pair reunited in 2011. Late last year they released another new album, 'That's What Happens'. Expect to hear its best bits at The Ritz.