Well known London legends Chas and Dave are going their separate ways. The decision was made by bassist Dave Peacock, due to the tragic death of his wife Sue after battling lung cancer. She passed away this July.
The duo had topped the charts in the eighties with hits like “Rabbit,” “Ain’t No Pleasing You” and “Snooker Loopy” and have been an act for the past 30 years, still touring and still selling out.
“Dave has let it be known he doesn’t want to tour any more,” a source recently told The Sun (UK). “He was devoted to Sue for his entire life and her death has left him devastated… Chas and Dave have been going since 1975 and from the outset Sue was an integral behind the scenes figure with the band… Without her presence Dave doesn’t want to carry on… He hasn’t hung up his bass for good and will certainly play with Chas again… But, tour promoters have already been contacting venues to see whether they would be happy to book Chas on his own for dates in 2010.”
The band also released a statement about Sue and the breakup: “Sue was quite simply a remarkable human being. Loved by anyone who was lucky enough to know her, she never had a negative point of view on anyone or anything even as it became clear she was losing her fight for life. Sue and Chas’ wife Joan were inseparable best friends, and she and Dave were godparents to Chas and Joan’s children. Sue worked tirelessly on the side of the business that musicians just aren’t good at. It’s accurate to say that without Sue and Joan, there wouldn’t have been Chas and Dave. To say that Sue’s death leaves a gaping hole in the lives of so many is an understatement beyond compare.”
Our thoughts go out to Dave.