Nile just posted on his blog Planet C, that he and CHIC will have a restart in 2017, after a year (2016) of great loss.
"The year had barely started when David Bowie passed away." "..Glenn Fry and Paul Kantner died in that first month as well. The year was off to a very bad start, and the way forward through 2016 became unclear." "When Prince suddenly died, it was like I'd been struck by lighting twice. It made me "see" why I named the next CHIC album "It's About Time.".."
He goes on by saying touring with Duran Duran was helping him cope with what had happened...
BUT, Nile Rodgers continues:
"...2017 is the 40th anniversary of the world's most influential disco in history, Studio 54. It's also the 40th anniversary of CHIC. Our song "Le Freak" became one of Studio 54's massive anthems.
In 2017, we will pay homage to the club that put us on the international map by doing a series of concerts, after parties, VIP Packages, films and singles - then drop the full album along with a BIG SURPRISE!"
Studio 54 opened its doors on April 16th, 1977.
So, and I am speculating here, something special will happen on that date, perhaps a new CHIC song release, and the new CHIC album may be released sometime in the second half of 2017, probably, if Nile wishes to be historic, between July and November like the most successful CHIC albums.
When it comes to the big surprise your guess is as good as mine. There are a number of CHIC things on my wish list, so if it is any of those I would be very happy.
So CHICsters let us hope, as we soon leave the miserable year of 2016, that 2017 will be Good Times for all, Party for Everybody, Let's all Dance Dance Dance and Freak Out We Are The Rebels Baby after all C'est CHIC!!! Much love from Stockholm.
The first 7" single in a new series called Meet Your Maker, pairing classic hip-hop tracks with the original songs they sampled. This one is of course of CHIC's "Good Times" and Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight", although it is strange that the original, CHIC's "Good Times", is on the B-side? It is a faithful copy of the original Sugarhill release, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards are not listed as writers.
Thanks to Graham Lewis the creator of the biggest CHIC fan group/page on Facebook, and to long time CHICtribute partner Glen Russell.
CHIC's bass player Jerry Barnes who recently had a no. 1 hit with Jota Quest with the song Blecaute featuring Nile Rodgers, from the album, Pancadelico, he produced and co-wrote, is doing a kickstarter campaign to fund his new album.
The text of the Kickstarter appeal:
"Hi I'm Jerry Barnes! I'm doing this Kickstarter to create and market my album, I'm excited and I hope I can give you something that you are very proud to be a part of. I just want to thank everyone in advance for supporting my project. You don't have to choose a reward. No donation is too small. And if you can't donate please share my campaign."
"This project will feature: Sherrod Barnes, Isaiah Sharkey, Katreese Barnes, Khari Parker, Ralph Rolle, Bashiri Johnson, Cory Henry, Bobby Sparks, Jef Lee Johnson, Mino Cinelu, and members of Jota Quest."
There are a lot of different rewards depending on how much you donate, but it is perfectly fine to just donate ONE DOLLAR! Among the awards is this signed Nile Rodgers rhythm guitar.
There are music samples on the kickstarter campaign page as well as a video message from Jerry Barnes. Please support Jerry Barnes album!
Jerry Barnes Kickstarter Campaign for his album "Justice" GO! Jerry Barnes Official Page GO! Jerry Barnes on Facebook GO!
A clip from CNN Los Angeles in 1980, in which Russ Terrana, Motown's engineer, talks about a new computer that helps in the mixing of the CHIC produced Diana Ross album "diana" (1980).
Please check out 01:37 to listen to CHIC's drummer, Tony Thompson and CHIC's bass player, Bernard Edwards going at it. Wouldn't that be a great intro for, for instance, a Dimitri From Paris remix, provided he could get his hands on the master tapes. He did such a good job on the remixes on the CHIC Box in 2010.