Nile Rodgers announces new Chic album and claims 2017 will be a 'party year'
Nile Rodgers has announced a new Chic album and claimed that 2017 will be a "party year".
The Chic frontman had intended to release the album this year but felt that the timing wasn't right. He referred to 2016 as a "Year of So Many Deaths" in a blog post. A number of musicians who he admired and worked with died, including David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey and Paul Kantner.
The album, the band's first in 25 years, will be a follow-up to 1992’s Chic-ism. Titled, It's About Time, the album land on the band's 40-year-anniversary as well as the 40-year anniversary of Studio 54’s opening - the legendary New York club that put the band on the map.
“In 2017, we will pay homage to the club that put us on the international map by doing a series of concerts, afterparties, VIP Packages, films and singles,” a statement from the musician read. “Then drop the full album along with a BIG SURPRISE!”
The legendary guitarist and record producer also spoke about how the deaths of Prince and Bowie impacted him.
"The year had barely started when David Bowie passed away. Though I’ve done dozens of albums with god knows how many superstars, David and ‘Let’s Dance’ is one of the highest plateaus in my career,” he writes.
“When Prince suddenly died, it was like I’d been struck by lighting twice,” he added.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Rodgers said that he hopes It's About Time offers some solace in difficult times.
“I feel like I’m at the breaking point. The only thing that counterbalances that much negativity is superimposing a massive amount of positivity,” he told the magazine.
“That’s the only way the scales get even. You can’t do just a little trickle; you’ve got to go all in. So  is ‘party year’ for us. Like, big time. It’s insane.”