In 2009, following the sad news that his wife Sue had lost her battle with cancer, Dave made the decision to retire. However, in 2011 he was back and Chas & Dave reunited for a hugely successful tour which included three sold-out nights at the O2 Indigo in London.
Following this tour they realised they couldn't stay away and are now celebrating 50 years in the business with a new tour that sees them play the length and breadth of the country. It also gives them the opportunity to promote their new album, That's What Happens, their first albm of new recordings in almost twenty years.
I was pleased to catch their show at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing and I must thank Gemma Nethersole for organising our tickets and the staff at Worthing Theatres for their help on the night.
With Chas playing some great boogie-woogie and New Orleans style piano and Dave with his great bass lines the only other musician on the stage was drummer Nik Hodges (Chas's son) who had replaced long-serving drummer Mick Burt.
The audience were shouting out song titles and Chas commented that these were 1980s hits and would be performed in the second half, which was received with a loud cheer.
Among the songs taken from their new album were Right String Baby, When Two Worlds Collide, Look At Me and All By Myself.
Saving the best till last they performed Rabbit, Ain’t No Pleasing You, by which time more people had filled the aisles, and for the encore a breakneck version of The Sideboard Song, not the easiest song to sing live but a great performance none the less.
A well deserved standing ovation followed what was a great and fun evening. We were fortunate to meet them as they left the theatre and had a brief chat and had our photo taken with them.
You can find more photos from the show on my facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/peter.lewry