Saturday 16 December 2017

Linda hoping for duet with Nile Rodgers at Chic show

DUET: Linda Martin could perform duet with Nile Rodgers
DUET: Linda Martin could perform duet with Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

SINGER Linda Martin is hoping to 'Get Lucky' with a reprieve of the catchy global smash at Chic's concert in Dublin.

The Eurovision star became an online sensation when she covered Daft Punk's song Get Lucky on the Saturday Night Show.

And now Linda is hoping that she will get to duet with the iconic musician behind the song, Nile Rodgers.

The US musician, backed by his legendary 70s band Chic, are booked to perform a series of shows in Vicar Street on October 22 and also in December. A highlight will be a performance of disco-drenched Get Lucky, the fastest selling single of the year. But such is the popularity of the song that Chic have been inviting members of the audience onto the stage to sing it.

And Eurovision winner Martin is on the guestlist for at least one of the Vicar Street shows.

"It's very possible that Linda will be singing Get Lucky again.

"This time with Nile Rodgers," said an insider.

The top American session player came to the support of Martin after she came under fire for her controversial cover.

"I saw all this stuff about my song and Linda and didn't really know what it all meant," he said.

"A cover version by someone is the highest form of flattery, you use someone's song because it moves you, and there is nothing wrong with that.

"I've done a lot of stuff in the past that people didn't like so I can identify with Linda. Things will be fine," he added.

A major R&B star from the early 70s, Rodgers said his paths had crossed many times with Martin.

"I know Linda about a gazillion years. All the way back to Chips," he said, referencing the Irish showband who toured in the UK and Ireland.

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