Nile Rodgers may have performed in front of thousands in London’s Hyde Park this week, but he surprised fans by performing a far more intimate gig the next day – as a busker on the city’s streets.
Rodgers popped up on the South Bank wearing a scarf and a hat on Monday morning, armed with nothing but a microphone, his guitar and an open guitar case on the floor.
Though I had no voice from screaming during last night's show, I started to draw a crowd when I sang "Aw Freak Out!" pic.twitter.com/k4R6XjMsFe— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) June 22, 2015
That's how I started. I was homeless. https://t.co/2w5bcfcHIm— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) June 22, 2015
I hear you. Busking was my only means for a while. It's a very honorable way to make a living and hone your skills https://t.co/S7TvjYjmvK— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) June 22, 2015
The Chic co-founder, who revealed he started his career as a busker, treated passers-by to a number of hits, from Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ to Diana Ross’ ‘I’m coming out’, but said he wasn’t recognised properly until he started playing some of his own chart-toppers. He did pull out Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ however, much to the delight of the crowd.
Rodgers tweeted: “I made a respectable £12.30 in 20 minutes busking today. In the old days we’d call that ‘a good take’,” or, enough to buy “a nice breakfast,” which he said to one of his followers.Reuse content