‘Fender’ promises a whole lotta rockin’ in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 14:22 08 December 2011

Chris Fender

Chris Fender


»It’s his second return to home turf in two months for Romford-raised rocker Chris “Fender” Black when he plays the Christmas party at West Lodge Upminster on Thursday, December 29.

His touring show C’Mon Everybody filled the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, in ­November, and now he ­returns with his core band Black Cat to raise the roof at the Corbets Tey Road venue.

Chris, who made national headlines when he strolled into a Havering church and “married” his guitar, named Brenda, has been packing them into theatres all over the country with his stage show, which offers tributes to Bill Haley, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy and many other fifties originals.

“It’s been going great,” said Chris.

“We have a 10-piece cast with quick change-overs, and our renditions are totally ­accurate, and fully ­rehearsed.

“However, rock’n’roll music is basically dance music, so it will be great to play to dancers for a change.”

The evening promises non-stop rock’n’roll hits, with much-loved tunes following timeless million-sellers.

Expect to hear perennial favourites like Rock Around the Clock, That’ll Be the Day, Sweet Little Sixteen and Summertime Blues.


Chris has been so popular for so long that he even has his own fan club, which is free to join and offers a regular newsletter plus discounts on merchandise, including T-shirts, DVDS, posters, photos and CDs.

Chris said: “It was always my dream to have a self-contained touring revue celebrating the hits of the 1950s, and now my dream has come true.”

Chris, who first picked up a guitar when rock’n’roll was young, has performed with a huge number of acts and groups over his long career, including Screamin’ Lord Sutch, Jess Conrad, Wee Willie Harris, Jet Harris and Terry Dene.

The self-taught guitarist has been playing Fender “Brenda” since 1962 .

Of the “marriage” in 1995, he said: “I’d been stringing her along for 35 years, so now I’m in the Fender Book of Fame next to Jimi Hendrix.

Chris is a massive fan of 1950s music, starting with skiffle.

He said: “But there’s nothing like a home-town gig, and I hope all those folk who have known me over the years will pop in and say hello.”

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