Pharrell hints at new NERD album at iTunes festival

Singer was joined onstage by fellow NERD member Shay Haley at gig

Pharrell Williams was joined onstage by NERD band mate Shay Haley during his iTunes festival headline set at London’s Roundhouse last night (September 10).

As well as performing a number of tracks from the band’s back catalogue, the pair also teased a new album.

Before being joined by Haley, Pharrell entered the stage via a raised platform through the floor, wearing a blue version of his now famous Vivienne Westwood hat and kicking into Daft Punk track ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’ supported by a troupe of backing dancers.

Continuing with current solo album track ‘Come Get It Bae’, the singer then declared he would “take it back” before bringing out old track
‘Frontin” and ‘Hunter’. ‘Marilyn Monroe’ followed, with Pharrell thanking the crowd for “lifting (him) so high” before a cover of Nelly’s ‘Hot In Herre’.

After a medley of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’ and Ed Sheeran collaboration ‘SING’, Pharrell then addressed the crowd. “We’re taking it
back to the beginning,” he said. “But I can’t do this by myself”. NERD bandmate Shay Haley then came onstage to huge cheers and joined the
singer for ‘Rockstar’, ‘Lapdance’ and ‘She Wants To Move’, during which they stopped the intro to gee the crowd up to “forget where (they) are and remember how good it feels”.

Following the tracks, Haley then stated: “It feels good to be back in London. When we released our first album back in 2001 and first crossed the Atlantic, this was the first place to embrace us. You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release…” Pharrell then drew the crowd’s attention to the fact that Haley had mentioned new material. “There will always be an NERD,” he said. “I’m happy to be a nerd; the bullies lost, the nerds win”.

With Haley leaving the stage, Pharrell then continued with a greatest hits selection of co-written tracks. Starting with Snoop Dogg tracks
‘Beautiful’ and ‘Drop it Like It’s Hot’, he then went into Major Lazer single ‘Aerosol Can’ and Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’.

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ followed, following which Pharrell spoke to the audience about Apple. “Apple brought us together, they have
you guys and they let us come to the party and the whole world is watching,” he began. “Let’s talk about devices. There’s been a lot of
things going across your screens that have caused you to be fearful, so let’s party for love not for fear.”

Pharrell then finished with Daft Punk track ‘Get Lucky’ and his own hit ‘Happy’.

Earlier in the evening meanwhile, Londoners Jungle played a short, 30-minute support set backed by an orange screen emblazoned with their name. Playing tracks from their self-titled debut including ‘The Heat’ and ‘Time’, they drew a large but fairly quiet crowd before ending with ‘Busy
Earnin”.

Pharrell played:

‘Lose Yourself To Dance’
‘Come Get It Bae’
‘Frontin’
‘Hunter’
‘Marilyn Monroe’
‘Hot In Herre’
‘Like I Love You/ SING’
‘Rockstar’
‘Lap Dance’
‘She Wants To Move’
‘Beautiful’
‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
‘Aerosol Can’
‘Hollaback Girl’
‘Blurred Lines’
‘Get Lucky’
‘Happy’