April 21, the day that doves cried. Yesterday the World lost the great Purple One, the Prince of Paisley Park, the King of the Minneapolis sound. We here at CHICtribute.com share the grief of his fans, his friends and, most of all, his family.
Nile Rodgers on the passing of Prince:
"I'm too broken up. I really can't do any interviews. I hope people understand."
"RIP our dearly beloved Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus." "I'll never forget my brother. We've had good Times"
"One of the greatest moments of my life, in a life of many great moments, CHIC playing "Let's Dance" with Prince."
Nile is talking about Prince playing with him and CHIC at the Essence Festival in 2014, one of those iconic moments in music history, especially when you think what has happened since. And the love Nile expresses was mutual, Prince was a fan of Nile and CHIC and Nile a fan of him. Prince also interviewed Nile Rodgers for the Essence Festival Magazine. Check it out in the link below. (Prince is at 02:50 in the below video clip)
Further Prince connections with CHIC is the moment Prince decided to promote the 1992 CHIC album "CHIC-ism" in one of his own promo video clips "Sexy M.F.". (The moment is at 03:48 in the clip below)
Here's also a video clip of Prince covering CHIC's "Le Freak" in 2012.
Prince Interviewing Nile Rodgers in Essence Magazine 2014 GO!
Graham Lewis reports that Nile Rodgers is bringing his FOLD (Freak Out Let's Dance) festival to Fulham Palace, London, UK:
"ALL SHOWS ARE PRODUCED AND CURATED BY NILE RODGERS WITH SOME VERY SPECIAL INVITED GUESTS
Friday 24th June // CHIC, Alison Moyet, The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Saturday 25th June // CHIC, John Newman, Emin, Grace
Sunday 26th June // CHIC, Angie Stone, Incognito
MANY MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ACROSS EACH DAY
GENERAL, VIP AND PLATINUM TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 09.00 AM ON FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY
Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist Nile Rodgers brings his FOLD festival to the UK for three days in June. Curated and produced by Nile, Fold Festival is a music celebration spanning every popular genre and will be headlined by CHIC on each evening. The inaugural event took place at the scenic Martha Clara Vineyards in Long Island in August 2015 and the next installment of FOLD will take place in the historic Fulham Palace in London this June.
Gold Circle with access to Private VIP Bar and Catering in the Palace walled garden – Standing £84.00
General Admission – Standing £54.00
Hospitality Packages in The Palace Private Rooms and Courtyard
Platinum Packages £299.00
Includes Welcome Canapés , 3 Course Private Fine Dining, Drinks Package, Private VIP Bar within the Palace, Gold Circle Access,
Friday – Platinum Pre Event Dinner as above plus Meet and Greet with Nile Rodgers and Guests.
Arrival 4pm Dinner 5pm. Music 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – Pre event Lunch with exclusive access to sound check & rehearsals followed by a meet & greet with Nile Rodgers And guests.
Arrival 2pm Lunch 3pm Music 5pm
Gold VIP Canapé & Drink Package £199.00
Includes canapés and drinks package in the Historic Palace Courtyard. Private VIP Bar and viewing area within the Palace, Gold Circle Access."
We are sad to tell you that long-time Nile Rodgers collaborator David Bowie died yesterday at 69, after a long struggle with cancer.
Nile Rodgers posted this short message: "Dearest David, RIP - Your life changed my life. LOVE FOREVER"
Nile Rodgers gave David Bowie his biggest hit and his most successful album, with "Let's Dance" in 1983, that album was very heavily influenced by the CHIC sound, and in particular the title song.
""That is my most rewarding production to date. Even though it clearly sounds like David Bowie – his voice is so distinctive – when you hear the tracks and the guitars it sounds like a Nile Rodgers recording in the tradition of Chic and Sister Sledge...(Nile Rodgers, Guitar Techniques, 2007)"
Nile tells the story of how important Bowie was to his own career:
"The Bowie I knew was a man who saw the world in the most unique way. Bowie would see the world we saw, and then he would see another world. The way he would describe something to me was in a visual way, even though we were interpreting it through music. “The Picasso of Rock ’N’ Roll” – that’s how I always referred to him. Any time I’d have to introduce him, I would call him that, and he would get a little flustered, because he thinks a great deal of Pablo Picasso, as do I. But I think that way of David Bowie – that’s how extraordinary he was. And at the time in my life that I was persona non grata, when no one would work with me because of “Disco Sucks,” this guy, who was considered one of the great, innovative rockers, picked a disco guy, who nobody wanted to work with, to collaborate with, and we wound up making the biggest record of his career, Let’s Dance." (read more here GO!)
The CHIC Strings luminary Karen Milne shared these memories, one from Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour (following the release of the Let's Dance album). Tony Thompson, CHIC's drummer, was Bowie's drummer on that tour and Karen was Tony's girlfriend, the other more than ten years later:
"As an original violinist with the group CHIC, and girlfriend of Tony Thompson, CHIC's drummer. I was privileged to be in the background during the recording of 'Let's Dance', which Tony played on, as well as tagging along on various legs of 'The Serious Moonlight Tour'. One funny memory is of Tony and I waiting outside of David's hotel room in Paris...he's walking down the hall towards us. As he approaches the room Tony picks up David as if he were a plank of wood and tucks him under his arm. David, giggling, while under Tony's arm, unlocks the door and we enter ....and had a lovely evening chatting and drinking wine. More than ten years later I met David again while I was performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic during rehearsals and performance of The Low Symphony. He was with Iman at a rehearsal, sitting in the house...and he actually remembered me..I was amazed and thrilled! During the final bow on stage after the performance he turned and threw me the most amazing smile. He was kind, he was compassionate, funny as hell....and treated everyone with respect and compassion. He was, and will always be, a true Renaissance man...gifted in all the ways that truly matter."
Nile Rodgers wrote a memorial piece published in the Guardian on Monday:
"I remember the first time I ever heard David Bowie’s music because I was naked! Big time! It was in the most romantic, amazing, hippy situation you can think of – I was playing in a club in Miami Beach and they used to have a nude beach there, so this girl who was the night club’s photographer said: “Let’s spend the night on the beach naked and listen to David Bowie!” I had no idea who he was but we listened to Ziggy Stardust and it was just incredible." (Read more here: GO!)
In a comment to Billboard Magazine Nile Rodgers said this:
"Because I've had my own fight with cancer for five years now, and even if I had a scintilla of a clue [about Bowie's battle with cancer], I'd be there for him in a minute."
"I've lost a lot of friends. From Stevie Ray Vaughan to Bernard Edwards to Tony Thompson to now David Bowie… I just feel like they're waiting for me to call… they're waiting on me to call on the next project. Does that sound crazy?
Even when I'm not with a person, I still feel like we're just in limbo. If I were to talk about Stevie Ray Vaughan, I'd talk in the present tense. When I talk about Bernard Edwards, I say, "Yeah, you know what we always do? We're always laughing every time we do a session."" (Read more here: GO!)
RIP David Bowie, we CHIC fans thank you for the gift of your music, and also in particular for your collaboration with the CHIC gang; Nile Rodgers, Tony Thompson, Bernard Edwards, Rob Sabino, Richard Hilton et al, and also, previously, with Luther Vandross.
-Nile Rodgers talk about working with David Bowie on the BBC3 program "Bowie's Millions" (2003) GO! -Nile Rodgers play "Let's Dance" on a French TV program in 2003 GO! -Nile Rodgers talks about the loss of David Bowie on CNN GO!