Giorgio Moroder is to embark on a live tour for the first time ever. The string of European dates next year will see the 78-year-old synth-pop legend—who typically tours DJ sets—playing piano, vocoder, and synths with a live band and vocalists.
In a statement quoted by The Guardian, Moroder says, “It is something I have always wanted to do. Fans kept reaching out to me, asking if I would ever do a real tour. Back in the days it was unthinkable for producers to ever leave their studios. That territory was reserved for the singers. Today, DJs and music producers have become the superstars of popular dance music, so the time feels right.”
Described by Chic’s Nile Rodgers as “the man who invented dance music”, Moroder began DJing and producing pop music in the mid-1960s, and scored his first major hit with ‘Son of My Father’, which he wrote for Chicory Tip, who took it to No 1 in the UK in 1972. But it was with 1977’s ‘I Feel Love’, sung by Donna Summer, that he truly changed the face of pop, using electronic production to create sensual, futuristic dance music. Summer, who died in 2012, will appear on screen at the concerts “performing in sync with Moroder and his band”.
He went on to score further hits with Summer including ‘On the Radio’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘Love to Love You Baby’, and produced hit records with Blondie (‘Call Me’), David Bowie (‘Cat People’), and The Human League’s Phil Oakey (‘Together In Electric Dreams’). He won three Oscars for his film work: best original score for Midnight Express, plus two best original song awards, for ‘Flashdance… What a Feeling’ by Irene Cara, and ‘Take My Breath Away’ by Berlin, taken from the Top Gun soundtrack. He also scored Scarface, American Gigolo and other films.
After returning to prominence in 2013 with a collaboration with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories, Moroder released a solo album, Déjà Vu, in 2015. It featured artists such as Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Sia and Charli XCX.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 9am on Friday, 12 October. The full tour itinerary is detailed below.
Giorgio Moroder plays the following UK tour dates:
1 April 2019: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
2 April 2019: London, Eventim Apollo
4 April 2019: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
5 April 2019: Manchester, O2 Apollo