First up is Chaka Khan. For 64 she looks amazing and what’s clear is she hasn’t lost any of that fantastic voice. I’m not sure most of songs are strong enough to do that voice any justice but on the biggies ‘I’m every woman’ and the classic ‘Aint Nobody’ I defy anyone not to be impressed.
But this really is the warm up for the main man. Having written and worked with most of the major pop artists over the past forty years Nile Rodgers has an impressive back catalogue. As he drolly points out he has worked with Daft Punk, Diana Ross, Duran Duran and David Bowie… and that’s just the D’s.
Its ninety minutes of non-stop dance hit after hit. I have never seen the whole of the O2 on its feet for the whole night boogieing down to banger after banger (apologies but apparently that’s a term these youngsters use nowadays).
The impressive band keep switching it up and raise the tempo with the great Jerry Barnes providing the funky bass and groove for the rest to follow. They fill every gap in Rodgers choppy rhythm guitar style. Props to Kimberly Davis on lead vocals for most of the night, what a talent. I could mention every band member.
Highlight of the night… all seventeen songs. Best disco ever, I think so. I don’t know about the band but we leave the venue exhausted and sore throats the next day attest to the singalongability of the night.
An epic faultless night. Feeling good, feeling grooooooooovy
Till the next time, keep on funky rockin y’all