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N*E*R*D announce Roundhouse date (2008)


Story by Jack Foley

N*E*R*D have announced a second live date in London this year, playing Camden’s Roundhouse on November 11, 2008.

The reformed Neptunes offshoot played Brixton Academy in June and went down so well that they felt compelled to return for a special end-of-year performance.

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes are the most revolutionary production tandem in modern music since Quincy Jones and Rod Tempterton put down shuffle-beats and doo-wops behind a young singer named Michael Jackson.

With their digital musical palette and vivid imaginations, they’ve taken their hip-hop foundation and un-tethered the bounds of pop, bestowing unsuspecting hit records in almost machine-gun-like succession – whether in rap (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, et al), R&B (Usher, Babyface), pop (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake) or rock (No Doubt).

But N.E.R.D is not the Neptunes. N.E.R.D is the offspring of the Neptunes id, a fly-or-die, thrash-around, do-as-you-will, set-your-soul-on-fire alter-ego that subscribes to no rules, adheres to no agenda.

It is Pharrell, Chad and Shay – a trio whose chemistry allows the uninhibited exploration of the sounds, emotions and impulses of self and society, of identity and belonging. Of life.

N.E.R.D’s latest album Seeing Sounds is out now and is the follow up to 2004’s Album Fly or Die. It features the single Everyone Nose.

Tickets for the November 11 date are £30 and go on general sale on Friday, September 26 at 9am.