Nile Rodgers on Let's Dance: "I always thought it would be so loving to get David Bowie up on stage with us"

Nile Rodgers on Let's Dance:

Let's Dance producer Nile Rodgers has told Music Week of his regret that David Bowie never joined Chic on stage to perform the classic song live in his later years. 

Rodgers regularly performs the track with his band, Chic, and revealed he reached out to Bowie on multiple occasions whenever he played in New York. Today marks the second anniversary of Bowie's death at the age of 69.

“I always thought it would be so loving to get David Bowie up on stage with us when we played Let’s Dance because we kill that song," said Rodgers. "I knew David was ill, so we would offer it to him every time we played in New York. We would call the office very respectfully and say, ‘Tell David we're gigging at so and so, all he's got to do is walk up on stage and we've got it. He doesn't even have to make rehearsal.’ 

"As musicians, these are the type of things you dream about - to be able to play a song that is so important in your life with that person you did it with - but it was never to be.”

Parlophone celebrated the 71st birthday of David Bowie with the previously unreleased Let’s Dance (Demo), which was issued over the weekend to digital services.

The stripped back demo was recorded at Mountain Studios in Montreux on December 19, 1982. The track has been mixed for the first time by Rodgers and Russell Graham at Rodgers’ Le Crib Studios in Westport, Connecticut.

Rodgers starred in the Aftershow feature for the new issue of Music Week.

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