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Daft Punk Album - I'm Hyped

August 10, 2012


Daft Art's Paul Hahn and me at Michael Jordan's restaurant (shot by a dude at the bar)

Over the last few days I've had tons of meetings to plan for the rest of what's already been an exciting year. Just when I thought I couldn't get more hyped up about the future, I got a call from Daft Art's Paul Hahn. He was in New York and so was I - we figured out a way to meet between our other meetings. We linked up at the bar at Michael Jordan's restaurant in Grand Central Terminal. We talked about as many things as we could fit into our quick meeting.

Suddenly, I remembered I had to make a few calls because I was late for my next meeting since my earlier ones had gone overtime. Paul was cool with my frenetic situation. As soon as I hung up we jumped back into our conversation without dropping a beat. We marveled about some new technology, some visual concepts, and how many things had come together over the last few months. We talked about my Fender Stratocaster nicknamed "The Hitmaker," my plexiglass Guitarman nicknamed "The CHIC-ocaster," and of course the current state of the mixes for the next Daft Punk Album. I'm Hyped.

 


Me playing my Fender stratocaster nicknamed "The Hitmaker"


My plexiglass Guitarman nicknamed "The CHIC-ocaster"


Officially, I'm Hyped!


Nile Daft Funk


Daft Punk animation by @CatnipSoup

 


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To This Very Day

August 8, 2012


Today I did a TV special called Unsung

Today I did a TV show called Unsung. It's a really exceptional music series and I've watched several of them on YouTube. During one of the breaks between shooting, I checked my email and I'd gotten a letter that made my heart jump for joy. It was from Luci Martin, who was in the second incarnation of the CHIC Organization (from C'est CHIC to Believer). She talked about how much we used to laugh, the true love we have for one another, and how that love will never go away. She didn't have to say that because I've always known that, but it was nice to read. I have deep unending love for her and every CHIC alumni.

My dearest Lulu, your email was perfectly timed. It hyped me up better than a Starbucks Double Espresso Macchiato. I ran back down to my basement where the camera crew was set up and finished the four-hour long interview about the history of disco with clarity, gusto, and a big smile on my face.

I'm grateful for a life where I've been able to work with some extraordinarily talented people which continues To This Very Day.

 


The entire early CHIC Organization at dinner in San Remo. Karen Milne (violinist) front left, and Luci Martin with wine bottle


C'est CHIC album cover


CHIC album cover Believer


The two cameras that recorded my four-hour Unsung disco diatribe


I'm grateful for a life where I've been able to work with some extraordinarily talented people which continues To This Very Day

 


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The Then Next Bowie Album

August 6, 2012


A t-shirt a fan gave me in Ireland after one of our shows

After I finished my last show I had one hour to pack. I then had to travel all night and day before I finally got home to my own bed. The show had taken place in Liss Ard, Cork County Ireland. It was near the town of Skibbereen and it wasn't exactly easy to get to or from.

When I finally arrived home I checked my email. The very first message was a clip that someone had shot of me during a book signing event in Belfast, Ireland shot a few days ago.

The clip starts in the middle of me answering a question about what it was like to work with Stevie Ray Vaughan and it continued with the story of the song "Let's Dance" by David Bowie. It was the first song Stevie Ray had heard from what would be The Then Next Bowie Album.

 


Nile Rodgers in Belfast on David Bowie and Let's Dance

 

 


Irish fans waiting for autographs


On the street with fans in the town of Skibbereen


People from our last show at Liss Ard


Some of the Liss Ard crowd


After our last show I had just one hour to pack

 


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Cork > Manchester > NYC

August 5, 2012


Aer Lingus FL #3720 - Cork to Manchester


American Airlines FL #211 - Manchester to NYC

Thank you for another amazing week! And now, home. Cork > Manchester > NYC.

 

 


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Malaga, Spain to Cork, Ireland

August 4, 2012


Aer Lingus FL #883 - Malaga to Cork

The final stop this week is Cork, Ireland for the Liss Ard Festival. En route - Malaga, Spain to Cork, Ireland

 

 


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We're Coming to FREAKOUT!

July 30, 2012


Thus far I've only gigged in the Republic of Ireland

Thus far I've only gigged in the Republic of Ireland, Galway, Cork, Dublin, and our first gig at the Electric Picnic. They've all been amazing. I'm so looking forward to coming back there to play the Button Factory in Dublin, but also performing in Northern Ireland for the first time. We have a large group from Belfast that show up at CHIC shows in England. I did a keynote speech in Belfast for Music Week that kicked off the MTV Awards, but there is nothing like connecting with the people through performing our songs for me.

Our set list will most likely include not only music by my group CHIC, but a number of records I've written and produced for others that CHIC played on originally: David Bowie, Sister Sledge, INXS, Madonna, Diana Ross, Sheila and B Devotion (He's a "Spacer"), and maybe a few others depending on the vibe of the crowd.

I'm guessing Belfast is going to be as breathtaking as our gigs in the Republic. The power of music supersedes economics and politics. When I was younger I'd save my pennies to hear the music that moved me because the experience enriched my spirit. The sole purpose of our music is to move your hearts, feet, and your A$$es.

When we arrive on the largest island in Europe, We're Coming to FREAKOUT!

 


THE GALWAY SHOW WAS JUST ABOUT PERFECT!


Don Harris and Bill Holloman in perfect sync in Galway


We always invite the audience up on stage at the end


Irish fans getting their groove on


Getting a kiss in sheer pandemonium. The Irish crowd was FANTASTIC! We played things we'd never played before


Backstage with three Irish sisters. Love the dark hair and blue eyes


Jerry Barnes killing it on "We Are Family" -Kim, Nile, & Folami in bkg


We're coming to Ireland to FREAKOUT!

 


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Back to Europe!

July 26, 2012


American Airlines FL #210 - JFK > MAN

Next stop Yorkshire, UK (via Manchester) for the Magic Loungeabout! Then Camp Bestival, Belfast, Dublin and more. It's Back to Europe!

 

 


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My Dying Day

July 24, 2012


Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven

A few hours after this blog post goes out I'll be heading to yet another cancer specialist - one who's also a neurologist because it's clear that I have some nerve damage. When I talked about my first cancer incident it was during a concert with Earth, Wind, and Fire when I lost muscle strength in my right hand. My strength has improved but never fully recovered - on the other hand for years I'd suffered partial neuropathy in my left heel but after doing therapy for the cancer recovery it's completely healed. (No pun intended. Go figure?)

The human body is amazing, wonderful, and complicated. Tomorrow, I'm playing a concert in NYC at Lincoln Center, and immediately after flying back to Ireland to play a series of concerts, then I go back over to England, followed by a show in Monaco, and all in just the next few weeks.

I'm not complaining. I have the greatest job in the world. I get to play and hang with some of the coolest people on earth. Look at the happy faces in this post. Believe this: as happy as the fans are - I'm twice as happy to be there playing this music I love so much.

And you have my word that I'll funk my heart out until My Dying Day.

 


We're playing a CHIC concert in NYC at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


I'm flying back to Ireland to play a series of concerts


Happy faces


More happy faces


Happy people in France


A happy woman in Juan-les-Pins


Happy sisters


Believe this - as happy as the fans are - I'm twice as happy to be there playing this music I love so much

 


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Nice > Paris > NYC

July 22, 2012


Delta Airlines FL #8396 - Nice > Paris


Delta Airlines FL #185 - Paris > NYC

Today, I'll be hoping back across the pond for a show in New York City and then it's back to Europe for us! My flights today are Nice > Paris > NYC.

 

 


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Death Has It's Own Plan

July 20, 2012


Arriving at the Montreux Jazz Festival to put the finishing touches on Freakout! Montreux

Freakout! Montreux was a show that I curated at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival. It started on the evening of July 13 and ended in the wee hours of the morning of July 14. It featured a huge roster of multifaceted talents that pushed the boundaries of the musical status quo.

Over the next few days I'll feature some lo-res unedited clips to give you a sense of one of the greatest days of my life. It took months to plan but the vibe was so amazing that I'm already working on next year's version.

Many of you may not know that I was attacked by very aggressive cancer about twenty-months ago and it's been the greatest struggle of my life. But I'll just keep planning for the next gigs - because Death Has It's Own Plan.

 


Mark Ronson said it would be his dream for Alison Moyet, Johnny Marr and CHIC to play his arrangement of "Stop Me" - He said that Johnny and I are his two fav guitarist - Here's a little snippet

 


After months of planning I could see my vision starting to come true


The Freakout! Montreux plan included legends Dimitri from Paris & Ultra Naté


The team worked like a well-oiled machine - Ultra Naté ripped it up while I was in heaven


The A-Team Sooze, Claude, & Tess


Every detail was planned


We even designed the fruit


Going over last minute details with Scarlett Etienne who played keyboards, sang, and DJ'd in the opening


The one and only Martha Wash sound checking


Me and French disco legend Marc Cerrone having a laugh at sound check


La Roux's Elly Jackson going "In For The Kill"


Me and Tavares go over the opening number


Felix da Housecat assuring me that he's got it covered


And Grace and her son Paulo turned it out!


The whole team WORKED HARD to make this night perfect

 


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