Personal tragedy after ‘epic’ night

Nile Rodgers with some of the lucky people who joined him on stage on sunday night. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
Nile Rodgers with some of the lucky people who joined him on stage on sunday night. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

American music legend Nile Rodgers was rocked by personal tragedy in the wake of his ‘epic’ concert in Derry on Sunday night.

The disco kingpin had to fly to London just hours after performing with his band Chic, following the death of a close friend.

Rodgers, who had been on a high after the band’s reception at The Venue, later received news of the death of Randy Ostin, forcing him to cut short his visit.

It proved a bittersweet night for Rodgers after Chic sold out the 4,000 capacity Ebrington venue.

In the early hours of Monday morning the hitmaker tweeted: “Goodnight all, I just heard I’ve had a tragedy in my family and have to leave at 5am for London. Tonight was epic-Love Derry.”

He later added: “My heartfelt condolences go to the Ostin family for the loss of Randy. They’re my surrogate family whom I called first when I lost Bernard.”

Bernard Edwards, who co-founded Chic, died 17 years ago.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ ahead of his Derry gig, Rodgers, who recently battled prostate cancer, said: “Life is a gift, man, and bad things do happen, but a few hours on stage making music, that makes me feel great. I’m thrilled to be alive and I’m the luckiest guy in the world!”

The gig had already proved emotional for the singer who had said he would be researching his Irish roots, adding: “I just absolutely love Ireland.”