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Nile Rodgers opens up about writing ‘Get Lucky’ with Daft Punk

An emotionally charged moment at Glastonbury Festival...

Nile Rodgers performed a career-spanning set with Chic on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury Festival over the weekend (25th June).

During the performance, Rodgers performed Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ – a track he co-wrote and played on – after giving an emotionally charged speech about writing the piece of music.

The legendary guitarist and producer started by reflecting on being diagnosed with "extremely aggressive" cancer six years ago.

He commented that the doctor who told him the news at the time suggested "he should get his affairs in order”.

Rodgers continued, “So, I went home and I did a little thinking, and I thought to myself: well, I’m a musician – if I’m going to get my affairs in order, what exactly would that mean to me?

“I happened to get a phone call from two French guys called Daft Punk and a gentleman named Pharrell Williams. And we got together and we wrote this song called ‘Get Lucky’.

“And I feel like the luckiest man in the world tonight, because six years after that doctor told me to get my affairs in order, today, six years later, I am cancer-free!” which was followed by a huge roar from the crowd.

Watch Rodgers’ emotional speech on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2017 below.

Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.