Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Very Funny and Very Weird

Walking on Planet C

Very Funny and Very Weird

A quick snapshot right before CHIC's performance

Tonight, right before CHIC's performance, we took a quick snapshot and I could hear the orchestra playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in the background. Ironic - on so many levels.

Back in the day right before CHIC hit, musical mastermind Walter Murphy did a brilliant reworking of this famous symphony and called it "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band. We used to be called The Big Apple Band but Walter's smash forced us to change our name to CHIC.

Our current German tour cities are almost identical to the cities we played on the last Big Apple Band tour with New York City ("I'm Doing Fine Now"). There are so many things that feel like a complete circle in my life that it's a little spooky.

I think Luther Vandross, Raymond Jones, Tony Thompson and especially Bernard Edwards, would find this current CHIC tour schedule Very Funny and Very Weird.

This is my current German tour Schedule. Almost the EXACT same cities I did on the last Big Apple Band tour

Luther, Tony and Raymond on an early CHIC tour

Stu and Bernard

The CHIC Organization and Seal tearing up "We Are Family" in Hamburg, Germany


Le Freak:
An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
Written by Nile Rodgers

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians; Music - Popular
Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: October 2011
Price: $ 12.99
ISBN: 978-0-679-64403-3 (0-679-64403-2)

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You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy.

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