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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!



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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It Never Dies, It Multiplies

July 18, 2012

Many things have caused major changes my life - seeing Bryan Ferry and Roxy music in the mid 70's was one

Many things have caused major changes my life, and over the next few weeks you will see one of them: Freakout! Montreux. This was a multi-act show that I curated at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival. When I was a youngster I took to the guitar like a duck to water. I didn't pick up the instrument until I was sixteen years old - but by nineteen I was a working session jazz guitarist touring with TV's Sesame Street.

At around twenty-three years of age, my then girlfriend and I walked into a disco and I heard continuous music for the first time. It was the beginning of the disco revolution and my personal evolution. In a matter of a few short months I'd evolve into a composer, arranger, and producer of funky dance based groove hits. In less than a decade I was honored as Billboard Magazine's # 1 Single's Producer.

This year, the CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival Claude Nobs wanted to honor me, but I wanted to honor the music that changed my life. A basic characteristic of anything is to evolve. As I absorbed more technical information my musical calling became clearer and more heightened.

When I entered the dance music scene it was open to everybody. I saw it as the highest form of communication between human beings. We all spoke the same language and had the same philosophy: If it moved people's souls to get them up and dancing - it worked! We didn't need critics and experts to explain it to us. The people are the experts!

As dance music evolves, the genres are as varied as single-celled organisms - but It Never Dies, It Multiplies.


A lo-res snippet from Freakout! Montreux of "Tell It To My Heart" by Taylor Dayne, diva of freestyle AKA Latin hip-hop and electro: a form of dance music that blew up in New York, Miami, and New Jersey in the early 80's.


Freakout! Montreux Sound check

This was a multi- act show that I curated at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival

Billboard Magazine Award

Claude Nobs the CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival wanted to honor me this year

I see dance music as the highest form of communication between human beings

The people are the experts!

We just multiply- Alison Moyet, me, Johnny Marr, and Mark Ronson

We just multiply - CHIC and Elly Jackson of La Roux

We just multiply - Tavares

We just multiply - Claude Nobs and dj Scarlett Etienne

We just multiply - Selan from CHIC with the voice that launched a thousand hits, Martha Wash

We just multiply - Me, Mark Ronson, Claude Nobs, and Quincy Jones

We just multiply - Grace Jones

We just multiply - Quincy Jones, world-champ female beatboxer Butterscotch, and Ultra Naté

We just multiply - Dimitri from Paris (red jacket), Marc Cerrone (white hair), Claude Nobs, & Taylor Dayne getting they're dance on

We just multiply - me with dj extraordinaire Felix da Housecat

We just multiply - Me with Patrick Juvet


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Hope You Enjoy!

July 15, 2012

Nile and a few thousand of his closest friends in Montreux for the FreakOut! Montreux All-Night Dance Party

Hi there, it's IAmMisterD again with another installment of hacked blog footage from FreakOut! Montreux 2012.

Nile will be back and better than ever as soon as he settles in to the next strand of tour dates, but in the mean time, there was just too much video footage to keep to myself. It was a very proud night for us, as our Maestro here again broke boundaries and made magic and history.

These are just some of my fave clips - and I do have to say that watching Quincy Jones rock out side-stage for the entire night was crazy awesome. Hope You Enjoy!


CHIC setting up the mood for an amazing night of music and dancing

Elly Jackson of La Roux with CHIC performing her hit "Bullet Proof"

Mark Ronson in DJ form, mixing it up for everyone to Enjoy!


Quincy spent the night side-stage rockin' out and showing his love and support for Nile's vision


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They're Electric

July 14, 2012

This really happened. Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Johnny Marr and Alison Moyet performing Mark's version of Johnny's classic "Stop Me"

Greetings from Montreux! Many of you know me, but for those that don't my name is D and I'm Nile's Media Director / Tech guy. I'm on here as IAmMisterD. Nile's had a groundbreaking and unbelievable few days - weeks.. It's just non-stop funk to the max in his world at the moment.

Montreux Jazz 2012 was no exception. As a matter of fact, boundaries and cross genre, heart thumping, funk went down last night, in a way that Montreux has never seen.

Now, I'll let Nile tell his stories the way he does and we all love, but for now, I'll share with you some of my pics from FreakOut! Montreux. They're Electric.


The day before FreakOut! Montreux Claude Nobs invited everyone to hi chalet - Here's Nile with Taylor Dayne and Ultra Naté on the ride up telling rock-n-roll stories

The view from Claude Nobs chalet - Claude founded the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967 and it's arguably the largest music festival in the world

Checking out a hanglider from Claude's chalet with Scarlett Etienne

Nile, philosophising the mysteries of music

Nile plays a MEAN game of Ping Pong - like an old-school New Yorker

Setting it up

A FIERCE backspin

A proud Nile overlooking his people from the balcony at Claude's chalet

Mark Ronson backstage last night - ready to make history

A beautiful and amazingly talented Alison Moyet - all smiles

On stage with Elly Jackson from La Roux - "Bullet Proof"

Jerry Barnes (Bass) breaking grounds

The CHIC Machine in all it's splendour

This is Rock-N-Roll

Nile and Claude - thank you's, love and music

Overlooking the crowd

Nile played like there was no tomorrow - he left every bead of sweat on that floor


This.. is Nile Rodgers

A video screen shot

The CHIC Horns, amazing as ever

Everybody Dance

The crowd coming to life

The CHICsters laying down the groove

The CHICsters laying down the groove

Butterscotch, the world's greatest female beat-boxer, getting ready to funk it up with CHIC

This crowd never knew what hit them - Music Nonstop

At one moment, I went up to Nile and was like "What's this, Ibiza?"

The crowd was on fire

Claude Nobs and Nile addressing a packed house at Montreux's famous Stravinski Auditorium


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The Last Week of My Life

July 4, 2012

For The Last Week or so I’ve not been able to update my blog. But in the last week I've given two speeches

For The Last Week or so I’ve not been able to update my blog. I’ve tried to get it done as consistently as I have in the past but it’s been impossible. My situation made me feel frustrated, anxious, and even angry. It started to take a toll on me. I realized I had to accept the reality and just let it go. I started the blog because I wanted it to be a comfortable healing place. I’d had more than my fair share of stress the very first day I wrote my very first word about my cancer experience.

Today, I consciously had to repeat to myself, “Relax Nile. The schedule is purely arbitrary and everything is going to be fine.” I was so tense today I nearly passed out from stress. This is one hundred percent true. But to be completely accurate it wasn’t just my frustration of not being able to tend to my blog post properly, it was due to the severe stress of travel. Well I'm now in England and have full bandwidth and all the drama is behind me. So let me show you in pictures what it's been like The Last Week of My Life.


IBIZA123 Festival with Sting, Elton John and yours truly

I strained a muscle and was tended to by maybe the coolest Dr. on earth, who fixed me enough to play a show the next night

We did an incredible gig in an incredible place called Blainville, France

Jamming in my semi Cab Calloway suit in Blainville. The Rock n Roll Dr. fixed me pretty good

A few hours after we got back to our hotel in Rouen, France we'd go to Ibiza, Spain

Hours after we arrived in Ibiza, it was party time

Party time Ibiza style

Beautiful Body Art

Another flawless cadenza by Kim

A Burn Girl

Cool peeps in Ibiza

Jamming at the end of "Let's Dance"

Me w Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Power Station, etc. He's a great musician and a fantastic guy

The super motor yacht Radiant was docked outside my bedroom my last night in Ibiza

I landed in Manchester, England to do press for my upcoming gig

One of our upcoming gigs The Magic Loungeabout


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Freakout! Montreux

June 28, 2012

Bernard Edwards and me signing CHIC to Atlantic Records in 1977

I was up all night planning the final pieces of our mega Dance Party at Montreux Jazz on July 13. It will be the first event of it's kind that I've curated since the formulation of CHIC. I see it as "The Evolution of Dance Music."

I respect the big voice divas, 70's orchestrated disco, 80's synth pop, house, techno, and the killer Dj's the same way I respect other great artists. I believe that they use they're instruments as creatively as many of the best virtuoso musicians. And I don't mean just battle Dj's who dazzle us with their turntable skills - but the great composer Dj's who create emotional and artistic musical collages while keeping the dance floor packed and the rumps shaking.

I'll bring together many legendary artists who represent the ever changing world of dance music - past, present, and future. We'll literally go "On and on till the break of dawn," then have breakfast. And if we pull this off - we will positively Freakout! Montreux.


The full early CHIC Org - Sadly, of the five guys, I'm the only one still alive

The rarest CHIC record I've ever seen - from a shop in East Germany

To this very day, I try and keep the Studio 54 vibe alive

The CHIC Organization Box-Set with remixes by Dimitri from Paris

Playing "Le Freak" while doing the dance called 'The Freak' back in the day

Freak Out! Montreux official flyer

Mark Ronson

Alison Moyet (Yazoo)


Dimitri from Paris

Elly Jackson (La Roux)

Felix Da Housecat

Johnny Marr (The Smiths / Electronic)

Martha Wash

Scarlett Etienne


Taylor Dayne

Ultra Naté


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