Nile Rodgers ‘freaks out’ at Limerick concert

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Nile Rodgers of Chic visited Londonderry as a guest of Celtronic.
CHIC’S Nile Rodgers was so taken with his time in the city that he penned his own ‘Limerick’.

CHIC’S Nile Rodgers was so taken with his time in the city that he penned his own ‘Limerick’.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Milk Market gig on Friday, and were rewarded with a celebration of Rodgers’ legendary hits. He billed the gig as “completely amazing” afterward.

“We’re in Limerick tonight, so here goes,” he wrote.

“There once was an outfit called CHIC, whose biggest hot song was “Le Freak”.

“They survived Disco Sucks with some Irish good luck and now they’re gigging most days of the week.”

The ‘Hitmaker’, whose Fender Stratocaster guitar is estimated to have played on $2bn worth of hits, took the audience through a dizzy set-list of dance classics, opening with Everybody Dance and running through a starry hitlist of Chic’s and Rodgers’ greatest hits, filled out with songs from David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, Duran Duran and more.

During the concert, Rodgers spoke frankly of the agressive cancer he was diagnosed with in 2011, from which he has made a complete recovery.

He also took the time to explain to the audience that the iconic 70s disco band “were not a cover band - I had a part in every song we play tonight” - which he did.

After the show, for which the two song finale saw a host of backing dancers plucked from the crowd to join the band on stage, Rodgers spent a wealth of time shaking hands with the audience and gleefully posing for pictures.

Singer Kimberly Davis later tweeted: “In my hotel room in Limerick, Ireland overlooking the River Shannon, it’s so beautiful I can’t go to sleep (it’s 12:30am).”