Giorgio Moroder heads to Glasgow on first ever live tour

The legendary pioneer of synth pop is coming to the UK next year on his first live tour at age 78

Article by Jamie Dunn | 10 Oct 2018
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If it wasn't already undoubtedly clear, the 80s are back. So much so that Giorgio Moroder, the Godfather of Disco and the artist whose pioneering synth pop in the late 70s helped define the sound in the following decade, is embarking on his first ever tour at the age of 78.

“It is something I have always wanted to do,” says the Italian music producer. “Fans kept reaching out to me, asking if I would ever do a real tour.” He explains that back in the day, it was unthinkable for producers to leave their studios and take to the stage. “That territory was reserved for the singers,” he says. “Today, DJs and music producers have become the superstars of popular dance music, so the time feels right and I am so excited to be finally doing this!”

Titled A Celebration of the 80s, the 15-city European tour in spring next year includes four shows in the UK, one of which is a stop at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on 4 April. We’re told Moroder will conduct as well as play the vocoder, electronic effects and sounds. He’ll also play the piano and “share personal stories that have never left the walls of his studio before”. We’re also told that his longtime muse Donna Summer, with whom he made classics like I Feel Love and Hot Stuff, will appear live on screen performing in sync with Moroder and his band.

As well as his collaborations with Summer, Moroder wrote hits for Blondie, David Bowie, Cher, Freddie Mercury and Bonnie Tyler to name just a few. He also composed the music for many of the most iconic movies of the 80s including American Gigolo, Cat People, Scarface, The Neverending Story, Top Gun and Flashdance. More recently he cameoed on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories with Giorgio by Moroder and recorded his own album in 2015, called Déjà Vu, which contains collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Kelis, among others. Expect to hear a mix of the old and the new in his Glasgow show.

Tickets go on-sale Fri 12 Oct at 9am at