We were promised a party, and a party is what we got! The opening night of Liverpool Music Week consisted of a sold out Echo Arena, enough funky disco music to last a life time, oh yeah and that little band you might have heard of called CHIC!
The last time CHIC strut their stuff in Liverpool was 1979, 38 years later they’re back with no difference other than a hairstyle or two. Mr Nile Rodgers kicked off the 15th anniversary of the Liverpool festival as only a seasoned professional of his stature would, walking up to the mic under the worlds biggest disco ball exclaiming; “I have a feeling you came here to party!” before opening with one of their most successful tracks ‘Everybody Dance’.
Now I do not use the term legend lightly, it has to be earned, Nile Rodgers has earned that titled then some. Not only is he the lead guitarist in the most renown disco band of all time, but he has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry over the years. To celebrate this heroic achievement the Liverpool crowd were treated to a medley of his number one hits, and incase we’d forgotten some of the people he has worked with he reeled a few off; “Diana Ross, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Disclosure… and they’re just the D’s”, before rolling into Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’. If anybody else was to reel names of like this you’d probably think they were arrogant and cocky, but this man has such an air about him that you can’t imagine he even has an ego to burst and so you just admire everything he has ever done. He said it for himself “we make music you dance to, make love to, have babies to”, and gathered by the roar from the crowd it is certainly true.
Throughout the 90 minute set CHIC performed some of their biggest hits including ‘I Want Your Love’ and ‘Le Freak’, as well as one of Nile Rodgers’ newest tracks ‘Get Lucky’ which was written with Daft Punk just after he was diagnosed with cancer. With this track came his cancer story with a huge celebration as he screamed; “7 years later, Liverpool, I am back officially cancer free! And I feel like the luckiest man in the world!” As you can imagine the arena erupted with some of the most amazing dance moves I have ever seen in my life.
Closing up with ‘Good Times’ was arguably the moment of the night as every single person got up on their feet to have one last boogie. With not one empty seat in the house, and the room packed with people of all ages, it’s certain that CHIC have still got it. And seeing as they’ve been on tour non stop since June, I think it’s safe to say they have earned a few months off. The night ended with Nile Rodgers saying; “I am truly humbled by the turnout tonight, Liverpool’ and with that the lights came up and Liverpool Music Week is well and truly on.