Friday 30 September 2016

Nile Rodgers goes busking in London

Published 22/06/2015 | 13:31

Nile Rodgers performing on London's South Bank to celebrate the new Sky Arts programme Guitar Star
Nile Rodgers performing on London's South Bank to celebrate the new Sky Arts programme Guitar Star

Musician Nile Rodgers has stunned fans in London by pretending to be a busker on the Southbank.

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It was a far cry from his gig this weekend where he performed to a packed crowd in Hyde Park with Chic.

Rodgers posted photos of himself busking after the event, explaining: " Today I went busking on the #London Southbank."

"Didn't draw much of a crowd until I stared playing dance music. Hmm?"

He went on to write: "T hough I had no voice from screaming during last night's show, I started to draw a crowd when I sang "Aw Freak Out!"

When asked by a fan on Twitter how many people immediately recognised him he replied: "Not many until I started playing @CHICorg songs. Then it was on!"

Rodgers recalled to a fan how he'd started his career as a busker as he was homeless.

Replying to a Tweet, he explained: " That's how I started. I was homeless."

The star also revealed this weekend that his work gave him the strength to overcome cancer.

He recalled: " What happened was the first night I was diagnosed, four years or more now, you're very afraid. It's terrifying. You think to yourself it's a death sentence.

"Since I couldn't control what the outcome was going to be ... I wasn't going to live dying, I was going to die living.

"And then I didn't die. I actually started living a lot more and I worked and worked and worked."

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