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Chas & Dave Split Up
Ben Hewitt , September 22nd, 2009 09:55

It's the end of an era.

The original Libertines, Chas & Dave, have split up.

Singer and pianist Chas Hodges and bassist Dave Peacock are set to go their separate ways after 37 years of performing together.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hodges said that the death of Peacock's wife had taken a toll on the group.

"Obviously it's sad. It's the end of an era but the start of another one — the show goes on.

"I still see Dave every week and he's coping, but I don't think he wanted to do the gigging any more. He has horses and loves driving them round his grounds and painting gypsy wagons, which he's very good at, so I don't think he'll miss the gigging."

While Hodges will continue to play music, the duo's agent Barry Collings revealed that Peacock is retiring from the industry altogether.

He said: "Understandably Dave has taken his loss very badly and he hasn't the heart to continue gigging. With regret he has decided to retire from the music business."

Fancy reliving some Chas & Dave nostalgia in tribute? Want to recall how Chas and Dave provided backing music for Eminem's smash hit single 'My Name Is'? Then click here to read Quietus editor John Doran at his very finest.

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