Nile Rodgers Readies Final Chic With Slash, Le Bon, Others

Nile Rodgers is working on the last chapter of the legacy of Chic, the much respected 70's disco band he co-anchored with the late Bernard Edwards. He is readying the release of the band's last performance, a special live reunion concert in Tokyo, Japan that also featured guests Slash (ex-Guns N' Roses), Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran), Steve Winwood, and the singers from Sister Sledge.

Edwards fell ill shortly after that show, retreated to his hotel room and was found dead the following day, apparently of natural causes. That was April, 1996. Rodgers told the "Los Angeles Daily News" that it took him a year and a half to deal with the concert tapes because the memories were too painful.

Chic's biggest hits included "Le Freak," "I Want Your Love," and "Good Times," all released between 1977 and 1979. They were considered one of the more influential and musically advanced dance groups of the decade. Rodgers today is a top producer/songwriter with a resume that includes Madonna

("Like A Virgin"), David Bowie ("Let's Dance"), the B-52's, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton and more. He's currently writing material for the next Diana Ross album.

While the pairing with the heavy metal Slash may seem odd, Rodgers tells the "Daily News" that Slash fit so well with Chic, "he should have always played with us."

Rodgers has done a number of projects with the guitarist over the last few years, including two soundtracks.