"I am very thankful to be with you tonight".
Nile Rodgers knows exactly what it takes to beat cancer, having defeated the deadly disease for the second time at the end of last year.
It’s entirely fitting, then, that his victory lap should come in the form of a triumphant Teenage Cancer Trust gig that sees Chic transforming the Royal Albert Hall into a 70s dance floor for an solid hour-long masterclass of funk and disco.
From the minute that Chic open with the iconic strains of ‘Everybody Dance’, we’re instantly transported to the heyday of the disco pioneers – and it’s the first reminder of just how influential Rodgers has been in constantly shaping the sound of the last four decades.
The second reminder comes in the form of an exceedingly tight medley that sees Diana Ross’ ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘Upside Down’ being pitched against Sister Sledges’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and ‘We Are Family’.
The significance of the occasion isn’t lost on the guitar icon either, with Rodgers taking a rare moment of seriousness to discuss his own cancer battle.
“I’m a two time cancer survivor, so I understand this cause”, Rodgers opens up to the crowd.
“Almost eight years, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Last year, we were on tour with Earth, Wind and Fire and I faced another bout.
“I am very thankful to be with you tonight”.
Appropriately, it’s a later rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ later proves to be the highlight of the night, with Rodgers’ legendary funk-guitar from the 1982 track being contrasted against the booming vocals of drummer Ralph Rolle.
And while it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Daft Punk will ever tour again, Rodgers later explains how he was called by “two french dudes”, before heading straight into a stellar rendition of Get Lucky.
All considered, it’s a total triumph – with Rodgers proving himself to be the ultimate survivor with a show that effortlessly doubles up as a musical time-warp.
His influence, you feel, will continue to be felt for a good few decades more.