•Sporting event taking place this weekend in Scotland
•Team Europe couples posed for photos at the Gleneagles Hotel
•WAGs wore peplum dresses, floor-length gowns and sequin cocktail dresses
NILE Rodgers, Nina Nesbitt, Amy Macdonald,Texas and Midge Ure were among the stars who rolled out the hits.
While the competition proper gets underway on Friday at Gleneagles, the teams, the WAGS and the Cup itself are all on show at the huge venue.
A delighted crowd of 8500 suggested the thrilling welcome gifted to the Commonwealth Games will be extended to golf’s most exciting tournament.
While golf fans are delighted by the arrival of the contest, as Team Europe bid for a hat-trick of wins, this star-studded concert at Scotland’s most spectacular venue was designed to attract ALL Scots, not just those with clubs.
Staged by DF Concerts and VisitScotland, the celebration welcomed not only a host of music stars past and present, but a rich display from Scotland’s four national arts bodies.
RSNO, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland all contributed, broadening the appeal of the event.
A delighted DF Concerts boss Geoff Ellis said: “This show is spectacular and the biggest I’ve ever done.
“It’s a real honour and privilege to be involved with one of the biggest sporting events in the world and the Ryder Cup is the rock ‘n’ roll of golf.”
VisitScotland’s chair Mike Cantlay added: “We commissioned this event and we wanted it to be something special.
“During the week we’ve had amazing VIPs involved in the world of sport visiting Scotland and we wanted to make this accessible to all Scots.
“This is a chance to showcase Scotland and it doesn’t get any better than this.”
From the world of music, the show-stealer was Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, who performed hits including I Want Your Love, Get Lucky, Le Freak (Freak Out) and Good Times.
Rockers Twin Atlantic, folkster Jake Bugg and guitar girls Nina Nesbitt and Amy Macdonald catered for younger fans while legends Danny Wilson, Texas, Eddi Reader and Midge Ure rolled out the hits.
The RSNO provided the hauntingly beautiful live soundtrack to a specially commisioned five-minute film about the Scottish Highlands and Islands by artistic director Kim Gavin.
Take That and Olympic Games closing ceremony creative director Kim said: “We took up a large part of the Hydro to maximise the show.
“It’s great to be indoors because you don’t get rained on and have to cover up in plastic cagoules.”
Hosts Edith Bowman and James Nesbitt took introduced Scottish Opera’s Nadine Livingston and the RSNO for a renditon of Freedom Come All Ye, before funnyman Fred MacAuley introduced the American and European Ryder Cup teams, their captains and wives to resounding applause.
A Celtic Bolero was played by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Ryder Cup itself was paraded to golf fans old and new.
Danny Wilson played their first gig in 25 years at the concert and said it felt like they’d never been away.
Gary Clark, Ged Grimes and Kit Clark reunited for the night and Gary said: “It’s lovely to share the stage with these guys again.
“We’re quite calm and zen like. We’ve been away for 25 years and have all been in various places. We always like to put something good together so it’s taken us this long.”
The guys had a mantra before going on stage. Ged explained: “We reach for the positives, shake off the negatives and stamp on the negatives.”
The band said they might consider writing and performing in future “Ifthey got a good response from the crowd”.
They got an ovation.
Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty admitted he’d like to have teamed up with Scottish Ballet tonight.
He said: “It’s a privilege for us to be here. I’d like to have done something with. Scottish Ballet or the RSNO. I can go up on my tiptoes but it’s more like Michael Jackson.”
The guys couldn’t stick about for an after party with Nile Rodgers as they had to catch the sleeper to London to appear on BBC’s Breakfast show.
Meanwhile, several Scottish landmarks were lit up in gold tonight as the country welcomes the Ryder Cup to Gleneagles.
The Kelpies near Falkirk were illuminated along with Edinburgh Airport’s air traffic control tower to mark Scotland’s hosting of the major championship golf event.
via Daily Record – Scotland