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Chas and Dave reunite for spring tour
FROM working with legendary rock musician Jerry Lee Lewis to all time greats the Beatles and even Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup winning sides, Chas Hodges has had quite a career in music.
But he is far from finished and his old pal and musical partner in crime is now back to add a new chapter to the Chas and Dave story.
The latter part of the duo retired in 2009 but has now decided to reunite the partnership in a comeback spring tour.
And the highly distinctive tones of Chas and Dave are coming to The Wycombe Swan when their tour winds into town in March.
Chas told Freetime: "Although he'd retired we've always been in contact with each other. I've done stuff on my own over the years but it will be nice doing the old 70s stuff together again.
"There will be two halves to the show. The first half will be Chas and Dave when we first got together in the 1970s when we just started writing and some of the early songs we've written.
"In the 1970s when we were doing pubs and clubs it consisted of a lot of classics that we rocked up, some old 50s songs. There's a nice mixture of Chas and Dave in the 70s basically.
"The second half will be Chas and Dave through the 1980s up until the present day."
Asked if he enjoyed the music just as much now as he always has he said: "yeah, I do, even more so. "I've enjoyed my music career I still am enjoying, it is lovely being on the road.
"Dave doesn't like gigging all the time but that's my life and I'm in the studio in Bristol at the moment where I have just finished recording my new album.
"This is a tribute to all the people I've worked with on stage, with the people I've made music with over the years such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent's, the Beatles and Joe Brown."
He names rock legend Lewis as his favourite, having been the one to have taught him piano.
But touring with The Beatles was quite a thrill too, he said.
"That was great. It was just a brief encounter but it was when I was with a band called the Rabble Rousers, we supported them on their last European tour, that was in 1966/67.
"They all they're cracked up to be, the Beatles. They were just so enthusiastic and Paul McCartney's become a big Chas and Dave fan since."
McCartney has been among the crowd at their gigs, he revealed.
Football fans will know the musical duo for their well known FA Cup final songs for Spurs in the 1980s, where stars such as Ossie Ardiles and Glen Hoddle took to the microphone on Top of the Pops.
'Spurs are on their way to Wembley' is still sung on the terraces at White Hart Lane even now.
To get tickets for the show, which will take place on March 20 at the Wycombe Swan at 7.30pm. Tickets are £22.50 to £25 from 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk
Meanwhile, fans looking to get Chas's new album should be able to from around March or April.
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