Nile Rodgers: 'I've promised Daft Punk not to play 'Get Lucky' without them'

Chic legend co-wrote and plays guitar on the million-selling disco hit

Nile Rodgers: 'I've promised Daft Punk not to play 'Get Lucky' without them'

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Nile Rodgers has revealed that he's promised Daft Punk not to perform 'Get Lucky' without them.

The Chic legend co-wrote and plays guitar on the disco hit, which recently became the first single released in 2013 to sell a million copies in the UK.

Before Chic's set at Glastonbury on Friday night (June 28), NME asked Rodgers whether he has a legal agreement with Daft Punk not to play 'Get Lucky' on his own. He replied: "Well, not an 'agreement' per se. It's not like we had to put one in writing. It just feels dignified to me. When you do something with an artist, you know, it's really their record. Had it not been for their record, Pharrell [Williams] and I wouldn't have co-written 'Get Lucky' with them. We would have been doing something else. This is just my point of view, it had nothing to do with anyone else. Nobody ever talked to me about it. I actually just told them that this is what I was doing."

Discussing his first ever live performance of 'Get Lucky', Rodgers said: "The first time I really play it, I want to play it with them. I want to rehearse and I want to get it right. I want it to be tight like Chic. I want it to be tight like the record. I don't want to just jam it! Although I love jamming, jamming is fun."

Asked about 'Get Lucky' passing the million sales mark, Rodgers admitted that he didn't immediately realise the significance of the milestone. "I felt great, after it had been explained to me what a big deal it was!" he laughed.

"I don't mean this egotistically, I just mean it statistically, but I've had a lot of million sellers!... In tonight's set, every single song I play will be a million seller! But when the guy rang me at 2pm yesterday to tell me we had sold a million, he explained what a big deal it is to do that in the UK. Only 136 records have ever sold a million copies in the UK. Some of them took 25 years to sell that many copies. 'Get Lucky' did it in 69 days. I said to the guy, 'I'm more interested in the 69 that the one million!' Make of that what you will."

Nile Rodgers was speaking to NME at a Q&A event organised by EE at Glastonbury. EE set up the first on-site 4G network at a UK festival, to keep visitors tweeting, blogging and updating their Facebook pages, as well as providing two free recharge tents.

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