5 Minutes With Sister Sledge

Across the past five decades, Sister Sledge have released some of the biggest and most-memorable disco hits.

After a sold-out show at The Roundhouse last year, the iconic outfit are returning to the capital next month for a huge show at Royal Albert Hall.

We caught up with the band ahead of the show to discuss how they're still embracing the classics, what to expect and more!

Firstly, you’re headlining the Royal Albert Hall this June – that must be a pretty crazy feeling?

We are usually excited about every show and it’s normal to be excited about working with each other and about coming to London, because it’s our second home. But the Royal Albert Hall is very special because it’s such a beautiful and iconic venue where there is so much history. So many musical greats have graced it’s stage, so it's beyond an honour to be performing there in June.

Does your preparation for a show like this differ to other performances, or is it just business as usual?

I’m excited to announce that there are going to be a few surprises, including with some of the male members of the group: my nephew Thaddeus and my son David. They bring an extra ingredient to the pot and I can’t wait to see them do their thang onstage. We’ll therefore be rehearsing that little bit extra to give our UK FAM something really special!

How has performing as a band differed over the past 50 years?

I’m still performing with my family and we now have a new generation of talented Sledges, also including my daughter Camille, and it’s just the most fun doing what we love most, together on stage! The shared energy and love you experience with the audience when performing remains the same though. Music is truly a gift that keeps on giving, and I feel very blessed and thankful to still be spreading the love!

You’re responsible for some of the most memorable hits – including ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Thinking of You’ – how difficult is it working a setlist around those?

Oh, it isn’t difficult at all, it’s an absolute joy as they are deeply cherished songs we love to honour! I'd add ‘Lost in Music’ to this list as it’s one of our most celebrated hits and has gained huge popularity over the years, especially in England. It’s also a beautiful lead from my dear sister Joni, who we sadly lost in 2017, and fans will hear her extremely talented son Thaddeus sing it at the Royal Albert Hall. You better believe the apple does not fall far from the tree!

Similarly, fans will no doubt want to hear all the classics, has it been difficult over the years to try and move away from that – or is it something you’ve learnt to embrace?

Oh it’s something we definitely embrace and I don’t think we had to learn it. The audience tells us how awesome it is to sing these songs as they sing along with us. We’re enjoying it just as much as they are! As artists we’ve also been able to explore our hits in different ways, adding soul/jazz/world-music influences and playing with tempo and vocal-style. We’ll also be performing new material including our 2022 release, 'FREE', which we’re very proud of! We’re blessed to see how our music brings people together in joy, so it’s always a pleasure to take our audiences on a journey of who we are as artists, both then and now.

Other than great music in a great venue, what can attendees expect from the night?

Expect your cares to melt away, you will not leave the same! That’s all I'm gonna say about that!

How is the remainder of 2023 and beyond looking for Sister Sledge?

I’m excited about the upcoming 2023 tour and excited to travel again with this very energetic, happy family! I’m having the best time ever and we’re thrilled to be visiting countries including Egypt, Portugal and of course the UK, including Ireland and Scotland. We’ll also be doing more shows back home in the states too, with shows in Georgia, Illinois and our own city Phoenix. It’s a Sledgendary time!

Final tickets for Sister Sledge are on sale now!

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