Chas & Dave singer Chas Hodges has been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.
The 73-year-old musician shared the news through a statement on the duo’s official Facebook page, assuring their followers that the illness has been ‘spotted at an early stage’, but also notifying them of tour dates that will need to be rescheduled as he undergoes treatment.
‘Chas recently underwent hospital tests which revealed cancer of the oesophagus. Luckily this has been spotted at an early stage and he’ll be undergoing treatment immediately.’
‘Chas expects to be back out on the road with Dave again soon, but in the meantime, the Potters Bar, Norwich, and Milton Keynes dates on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of February will need to be rescheduled. Apologies to ticket-holders for the inconvenience. The venues themselves will advise regarding re-scheduling/refunds etc.
Chas and Dave pictured together in 2014
Fans were quick to send messages of hope and support to the performer, with one writing: ‘Keep positive and you will get through it. Not easy, but it’s a battle you can win. Good luck’ and another agreeing: ‘Get well soon Chas, you’ll be Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbiting in no time.’
‘Get well soon Chas and think positive – my partner did and now he is fine again,’ a third added. ‘All the best.’
‘Thanks so much for all your kind messages. It means a lot to Chas,’ the admin of the pair’s page responded.
Chas & Dave shot to fame in the mid 1970s with their unique brand of ‘rockney’ music. They have had nine charting albums and eight top 40 hits, including ‘Rabbit’, ‘Snooker Loopy’ and ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’.
In October 2013 they released That’s What Happens, their first studio album in 18 years, and have continued to tour across the country.