The Chic legend misses a gig for the first time in his life
Julian Marszalek
10:11 14th August 2017

Nile Rodgers missed a concert for the first time in his life at the weekend after he was hospitalised by a mystery ailment.

The legendary songwriter and producer is currently on the road with his band Chic and funk superstars Earth, Wind & Fire. However, when the tour arrived at Toronto’s Air Centre on Sunday night (August 13), Rodgers was taken to hospital where “doctors are taking great care” of him.

He tweeted: “Thank you all so much. I love @EarthWindFire @CHICorg all the #fans and my doctors who are taking great care of me. See you all very soon”

 

He added: “I've never missed one gig in my life... well, it's been that way till now. The Dr. caught me trying to sneak out. #LOVE”

 

The 64-year-old, who has previously worked with David Bowie and Duran Duran among many, many others, is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago and was given the all clear in 2014.

Speaking to the crowd at his stunning and hit-packed performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival, Rodgers said: "My doctors told me I was suffering from extremely aggressive cancer and that I needed to go home and get my affairs in order... Well, I happened to get a phone call from two French guys called Daft Punk and a gentleman named Pharrell Williams and we got together and wrote this song called 'Get Lucky’.

"And I feel like the luckiest man in the world tonight because six years after that doctor told me to go home and get my affairs in order, today, six years later, I am cancer-free!"

It’s currently unknown what the condition is or if he’ll resume performance duties for Tuesday night’s show (August 15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.