Pharrell Williams is so in-demand as a producer that every time he tours with N.E.R.D., his most consistently weird project, he probably costs himself money. But in the days before the release of his latest gun-for-hire superstar collaboration, Madonna's Hard Candy, he's on the road again, for reasons that make perfect sense to him.
"I can't even explain how surreal it feels and it's such a pleasure, man to see this army of kids who know you and love what it is you represent," he says. "And they understand what you go through; they understand that you're not perfect. You make music for them because they're not perfect, but we agree on just having a good time and getting lost in music. There's no better feeling than that."
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Sun., April 27, 7:30 p.m., 2008