Nile Rodgers set for 2013 UK tour
Pop icon and serial hit producer performs at Summerhall and Wickerman Festival 2013
Nile Rodgers isn’t the most famous person in the world, but he knows plenty of them. These two very special summer appearances on Scottish soil will most likely not sell out as swiftly as, for example, one of his former collaborators announcing a theoretical date at the O2 in London, but for those of us paying attention it feels like the summer of Nile. He’s the dreadlocked one playing guitar on Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ while his association with old mate David Bowie had people discussing him when The Next Day surfaced.
A few facts about Rodgers are indisputable: he produced and, in a few notable cases, wrote some of the finest pop music of the disco and post-disco era (Sister Sledge’s We Are Family album, Sheila and B Devotion’s sublime ‘Spacer’, Diana Ross’ ‘Upside Down’ and ‘I’m Coming Out’, Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ and ‘The Wild Boys’, and almost all of Like a Virgin). Admittedly, he’s had a hand in some turkeys (yes, we mean Mick Jagger’s She’s the Boss), yet he and the late Bernard Edwards’ transcendent partnership with the mighty Chic, one of music’s most eminently rediscoverable bands, has endured.
In collaboration with Belgian artist Jean Pierre Muller, the show at Summerhall will be a premiere spoken word, music and art collaboration featuring Rodgers ‘singing, talking and acting his way through an account of the cultural and social life of Harlem from the time of the Harlem Renaissance in the 20s to the present day.’ Those who were at his Edinburgh International Book Festival appearances last year will know what an unmissable raconteur he is. And those who saw him play RockNess with a revived Chic earlier in 2012 would suggest you don’t miss their excellent show at Wickerman either.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Jun; Wickerman Festival, East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan, Fri 26 Jul