Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Chas and Dave Reunion Concert Reviewed

Chas And Dave - Barry Collings
I remember watching Chas and Dave on television quite a lot as I was growing up.

Their appearances on shows as diverse as Top Of The Pops, Crackerjack and The Two Ronnies made them firm favourites at home not only with me but particularly my Grandfather.

Maybe it was there mix of music hall style humour blended in with pub rock to produce their rockney sound, that made them so enjoyable.

Chas & Dave, Newport Riverfront
Think of the phrase Rockney and you are instantly taken back to the pop charts of the early 1980s where Chas & Dave ruled supreme.  
They became the Pub Rock phenomenon that exploded into a chart sensation becoming family favourites and one of the few music acts that could appear on Top Of the Pops one week and be lovingly parodied by The Two Ronnies the next.  
That affection has certainly remained with their Newport fan base as they played part of their farewell tour at the Riverfront on Saturday evening. The first half of the concert consisted of the repertoire the pair played around London clubs and pubs in the 1970s. This included a tribute to Chas’ hometown Everton Green, The Banging In Your Head and the their first chart hit, Gertcha.  
By the second half the hits came rolling back like old friends, Wallop, Margate , Snooker Loopy, Ain’t No Pleasing You and of course Rabbit. The audience which varied in age groups were out of their seats and lapping up the atmosphere, including one old gentleman who despite his apparent infirmity was still compelled to dance in the aisle.  
It is indeed sad that the pair will not be performing together again after this tour has ended. How many musical acts can generate so much happiness amongst such a cross range of age groups? Chas & Dave are indeed National treasures, jewels in popular music’s crown that emerged from an era that didn't care about coolness but rather entertained the masses – long may that type of music reign!
  • This post was updated to accommodate the review on July 12, 2014 

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