Nile Rodgers restoring CHIC recordings

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 December 2014
Nile Rodgers at the Ivors

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers is restoring some CHIC recordings he feared were lost forever until four years ago

Nile Rodgers is restoring some "lost" CHIC recordings.

The 62-year-old musician was given a number of boxes of tapes he feared were lost forever four years ago, and now he has beaten cancer, he is working hard on recording and reworking the material.

He revealed: "I physically lost our recordings when the studio we'd worked in for years was sold. This felt worse than death...

"In June 20, 2010, a number of boxes showed up at my house filled with tapes I'd thought were lost forever.

"I felt my original CHIC band had one more chance to live. A few months later I was stricken with extremely severe cancer and I said, 'Before I die I'm going to do so much music that CHIC won't ever be lost again.'

"In the last four years I've done more concerts and records than any period of my life. I'm currently cancer free and started to work on the lost CHIC tapes, which includes: analog multi-tracks, two-tracks, cassettes and hand-written scores and lyrics."

And the 'Le Freak' star is thrilled with one particular track which has "everybody" - including former backing vocalist Luther Vandross - on the recording.

He added on his blog: "Thirty-five years ago the original CHIC Organization LTD commercially and spiritually died. The last original surviving members, along with some of my current band mates, performed a vocal session on a song that was a CHIC Organization out-take, one of the rare few that exists. The session was perfect.

"The track has everybody from the 1st CHIC recording session on it, even Luther Vandross. There was more love in that room than I've felt in a long time.

"Maybe, There 'Is' Life After Death?(sic)"

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

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