Chicago Blues Brothers will have Havering audiences shaking their tail feathers
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 July 2017
The original Blues Brothers film developed a strong cult following among ‘80s audiences and gave many people their first taste of blues and soul music.
If you haven’t seen the film you will still most likely be familiar with the band’s name and their famous attire composed of dark suits and shades.
A reason that Jake and Elwood Blues AKA the Blues Brothers, played by Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, proved to be so popular was due to their energetic performances that were packed full of great songs and comedic timing.
The last time we saw the pair, before Belushi’s untimely death at the age of 33, they were bringing the house down in the famous scene from the 1980 film at the Palace Hotel Ballroom in Chicago.
The Palace Hotel Ballroom scene is a favourite among fans and next month two close friends from Yorkshire, who have revived the Blues Brothers band with their show-stopping sets, will be taking audiences back in time for a two-hour gig as they bring famous venue to Hornchurch.
Chris Hindle, 46, and Gareth Davey, 36, have been performing as the Chicago Blues Brothers for the past five years and have already claimed two national tribute awards.
“It’s nice to be recognised for doing a decent job but we try not to push it as a tribute,” said Chris. “We try to push it as a stand alone show.”
The pair met when they were working as managers at B and Q and shared a passion for music, especially the blues and soul, as well as performing but they weren’t impressed with the tribute acts they saw - which led to the formation of the Chicago Blues Brothers.
“We have both got a big retail background and we were singing as a hobby on the circuit.
“When I started I did a segment of blues bands because I loved the music. I would go out and see the big [Blues Brothers] shows touring and I saw a real lack of energy and performance and I thought we can do better than this.
“We pretty much have the UK franchise sown up - we got there by working hard.”
That hard work has clearly paid off and Chris explained what audiences can expect from their show.
“We have been friends for 16 years and we’ve got a good chemistry on and off stage. We are both just as stupid as Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi.
“The set is based on the Palace Ballroom Hotel but in the film they appear at the Ballroom and do two songs and disappear - we give you two hours of songs.
“We perform some from the second and first films with a good bit of Full Monty as well.
“We like to think we have jump started the Blues Brothers Band again. It’s hard to succeed because there are so many people trying to do a Blues Brothers act.
“We have got a full band with great musicians and we’ve tailor made the show for what other people want. We tailor it more for the British market because some of the more obscure songs were falling on deaf ears.”
Whilst Chris and Gareth like to add some of their own influences they never let their energy levels drop and can always be guaranteed to deliver a lively performance in true Blues Brothers fashion.
“They [audiences] will find it to be a fun night of entertainment - it’s two hours of fun and laughter and I think they will love it.
“We couldn’t physically do it more than three nights a week - we’d be needing oxygen!
“That’s because everybody gives it 100 per cent (pc) every show.”
The Chicago Blues Brothers will be performing at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch on Sunday July 16.
Tickets, which cost between £19 to £25, can be purchased at by clicking here.
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