Nile Rodgers led disco legends Chic have announced a special one off show in London this Christmas. The gig will take place at the Hammersmith Apollo and hopes to raise money for the charity ‘Autism Rocks’.
Chic were founded in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The two met as session musicians in 1970 and began recording music under the moniker ‘The Boys’. Despite having one of the hottest new sounds of the decade, The Boys failed to obtain a record deal, and performed under a series of different names until finally breaking into the pop charts with Chic in 1977.
Chic enjoyed a golden period between 1977 and 1979, releasing their now iconic trilogy of records ‘Chic’, ‘C’est Chic’ and ‘Risque’. During this time they released the hit songs ‘Dance Dance Dance’, ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘Le Freak’, ‘I Want Your Love’ and ‘Good Times’.
Nile Rodgers continued to work as a session musician throughout the 1980s, working with some of the biggest names in pop music including: David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Diana Ross and Sister Sledge. His recent collaborations on the smash Daft Punk album ‘Random Access Memories’ has led to a new found appreciation of the guitarist from a younger audience. This resurge in popularity led to Chic releasing a greatest hits album, and giving a special performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2013.
The upcoming Christmas show will take place on Friday, December 23. Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 19.
Rodgers was recently interviewed about the death of his close friend David Bowie. During the interview Rodgers stated: “It’s still shocking to me. It’s hard to accept it, but I’ve had a lot of tragedy in my rock’n’roll life, David Bowie introduced me to Stevie Ray Vaughan and I gave the eulogy at Stevie Ray’s funeral. We were doing a record and he and his brother left for a show and only one came back. With David, our relationship was a very interesting one in that people don’t realise that we’ve done quite a bit of music together. Everyone talks about ‘Let’s Dance’ but they never talk about ‘Black Tie White Noise’ and ‘Miracle Goodnight’ and ‘China Girl’ and ‘Modern Love’ and ‘Ricochet’ and all this other stuff. We’ve done a lot of music. So I feel, in a strange way, that we were in a holding pattern.”