Chas and no Dave in concert at popular Hertfordshire music pub

PUBLISHED: 20:43 11 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:53 11 October 2011

Chas Hodges

Chas Hodges


IT will be Chas and no Dave at a popular Hertfordshire music venue later this week.

Chas Hodges will be performing with his own band at The Horn pub, in St Albans, on Thursday without his long-time sidekick.

The fact Chas and Dave Peacock have finally completed their last tour together doesn’t mean Chas & Dave songs won’t be played in the live arena again.

“Definitely not,” said Chas, who has also turned his hand to writing a gardening book recently.

“They are a major part of my life and at every show I shall continue to enjoy performing them.”

In fact, fans turning up at the Victoria Street music venue this week can expect two contrasting sets from Chas & His Band.

They will be performing all of Chas & Dave’s well known hits in the second half of the show, including Gertcha, The Sideboard Song, Margate, London Girls, Snooker Loopy and Ain’t No Pleasing You, along with some tracks from his recently released new solo album.

The first half of the concert will feature Chas’ tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, songs and stories from the days when Chas both toured and recorded with the rock ‘n’ roll legend, and ending with Rabbit to give the audience a taster of what’s to come later in the night.

The ‘An Evening with Chas Hodges & His Band’ show has actually proved to be a bonus for Chas in a way.

It has given the musician the opportunity to include in story and song his experiences in the studio and on the road before he teamed up with Dave – and it’s a journey many don’t know about the pianist and singer-songwriter.

Aged just 17, he played bass guitar on John Leyton’s 1961 number one hit Johnny Remember Me in the legendary Joe Meek studios.

He toured Britain and Germany with The Outlaws as Jerry Lee Lewis’ bass player in 1963 and it was during this time Jerry Lee showed him the way on piano.

Chas later spent a good part of a year on the road with another of his rock heroes, Gene Vincent.

He also supported The Beatles on their last European tour with Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers – and was briefly the fourth Beatle.

This and many more eye-opening stories will be told by Chas during the first half of his concert before moving on to his career alongside guitarist Dave Peacock.

Tickets for The Horn gig cost £10 in advance and £12 on the door.

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