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Nile Rodgers, Newmarket Nights review: ‘He is still a force to be reckoned with’

PUBLISHED: 16:27 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 13 August 2018

Nile Rodgers Credit: Andy Tattersall/The Jockey Club Live

Nile Rodgers Credit: Andy Tattersall/The Jockey Club Live

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Legendary Nile Rodgers and Chic thrilled thousands of fans with their disco music.

Nile Rodgers and Chic Credit: Andy Tattersall/The Jockey Club LiveNile Rodgers and Chic Credit: Andy Tattersall/The Jockey Club Live

The composer and guitarist, who belies his advancing years, is still a force to be reckoned with along with his two dynamic singers, Kimberley Davies and Folami, plus a pulsating six-piece band all suitably attired in white.

And they rolled out hit after hit during their 100-minute set which featured “My Forbidden Lover” “Everybody Dance”, “Dance Dance Dance”, “Le Freak” and a wonderfully phenominal rendition of “I Want Your Love” with Davies’ fantastic vocals fronting the band.

Then it was time for Rodgers’ compositions for other artists including Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out’ and “Upside Down”; Sister Sledge’s “Greatest Dancer”, “We Are Family”, “Lost In Music and “I’m Thinking of You”; Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, performed by drummer Ralph Rolle who encouraged audience participation to a pulsating crescendo.

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The 65-year-old co-founder of Chic and multiple Grammy winner completed the evening with his rendition of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and ended the party atmosphere with “Good Times”.

It was an evening to remember at the July Course of the home of horse racing from a man who has won Chic 11 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations and his work in the Chic organisation along with his various productions reflected him as being in the vanguard of contemporary music.

Newmarket Nights Credit: Andy Tattersall/The Jockey Club LiveNewmarket Nights Credit: Andy Tattersall/The Jockey Club Live

On April 7, last year, Rodgers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received an award for Musical Excellence and only last month he was appointed chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Truly a man with a mountain of musical credentials.

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