Dance-music maestro Nile Rogers, at the O2

Nile Rodgers plays a $2 billion-dollar guitar. That is the estimated cumulative value of the 500 million albums and 75 million singles on which he has played his battered white 1959 Fender Stratocaster, creating hits for Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David BowieMadonnaDuran Duran and Daft Punk.

The 66-year-old funk and disco master is an extraordinary player, but not in the showy ways we have come to expect from electric guitarists in the rock era. There were no flashy finger blurring lead solos at London’s O2 Arena. Rodgers played rhythm guitar with the drive of a syncopated groove machine, chinking relentlessly through the centre of the music, his fingers deftly reshaping chord variations…

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