Musician also calls 'Blurred Lines' lawsuit verdict 'shocking'
Nile Rodgers has unveiled the first Chic song for 23 years.
‘I’ll Be There’ was revealed on Facebook today (March 20) with a video starring US super-model Karlie Kloss – watch the video below.
Describing the new track, Rodgers posted that ‘I’ll Be There’ was “a moving concept for me about decisions we make in life”. Speaking of the video he continued: “Karlie Kloss connects the past and present. She sees the original group (who plays this track) on Soul Train. She, visualises the past looking at old school vinyl – then gets dressed and goes out to a current party to meet up with Stephen Galloway and the current #CHIC line-up happens to be playing live.”
The release of ‘I’l Be There’ coincides with the first night of a new tour. Chic featuring Nile Rodgers play London’s Roundhouse tonight (March 20) and will play a further four dates throughout March before taking to London’s Hyde Park on July 21 – see all dates below.
Rodgers also commented on the outcome of the ‘Blurred Lines’ trial as “shocking”.
As reported, a US jury recently decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’. The pair must pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Nile Rodgers said he thought the two songs “didn’t really sound alike”.
“Compositionally, purely compositionally, I don’t think they should have lost that case,” he explained. “‘Got to Give it Up’ is clearly a blues structure, (‘Blurred Lines’) isn’t at all.”
Chic were founded in the mid-seventies by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, who passed away in 1996. The band have found new relevance in recent years on the live circuit, while Rodgers co-wrote and performed on three songs off Daft Punk’s 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories’, including the massives worldwide hit ‘Get Lucky’.
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Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will play:
London Roundhouse (March 20)
Leeds O2 Academy (22)
Glasgow Academy (23)
Manchester O2 Apollo (24)
Birmingham O2 Academy (25)
London Hyde Park (June 21)
To check the availability of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers tickets and to get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.