Nile Rodgers' cancer therapy through music

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 July 2013
Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers was "quite afraid" after being diagnosed with cancer, but threw himself into his work as a musician as a way of coping

Nile Rodgers was "quite afraid" after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Chic superstar still went ahead with a gig scheduled in Rome the weekend he received his diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer in 2010, despite being unsure about his future.

He told BANG Showbiz: "I was quite afraid. I decided I that would let the doctors do what they do and I was gonna do my part, and my part was to do the thing, what made me feel the best. That was to work on as much music with as many people as possible."

The former-Chic guitarist has collaborated with hundreds of the biggest names on the world's music stage and said: "I'm gonna put on the best show I can put on. That's my part of the therapy. The thing that makes me feel better than anything is playing and writing music ... and even listening."

The star says that he will never celebrate being 'cancer-free', because he thinks the term can be inaccurate and misleading.

He explained: "On October 29th 2010 I was 'cancer-free' but on October 30th I had extremely aggressive cancer. I realised that 'cancer-free' means a couple of things; either they haven't found it and you have it or you might get it the next day."

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will support Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez on the main stage at the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival on July 14.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Disco and 70s grooves from the man who gave us 'Good Times', 'Le Freak', 'Everybody Dance', 'We Are Family', 'He's the Greatest Dancer' and 'Lost in Music'.

Birmingham Arena

Sun 16 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 945 6000

With Mistajam.

  • 19:00

The Cardiff Arena

Tue 18 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 029 2038 2001

With Mistajam.

  • 19:00

Manchester Arena

Sat 15 Dec

£45–£75 / 0844 847 8000

With Mistajam.

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