Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers has been given the all-clear in his two-year battle with prostate cancer.
Rodgers shared the good news on Twitter last night (July 30th) but he also sounded a note of cautious when he added, “I never celebrate much when I get an All Clear because in 6 months I'll go through the same drama.”
The 60-year-old guitarist and producer who has worked with Madonna, David Bowie and, more recently, French disconauts Daft Punk has documented his battle with cancer on his blog.
In an interview earlier this year, Rodgers said that his work on Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories helped him overcome his illness. And he says that scoring the biggest-selling single of the year in the UK with Get Lucky may be the sweetest hit song of his life.
“I think this particular experience rates very high, because two years ago I was stricken with cancer just right out of the clear blue sky. I had no indication it was coming on, I was what is called asymptomatic and when they found it, it was diagnosed as incredibly aggressive,” he said.
“So I went from having no symptoms to ‘you can die any moment and you have to take this very seriously’. It just didn't make any sense, it was so completely insane.
"And from that moment I decided I was going to work as much as I could, play as many concerts, do as many records, because that's what I live for. I said to myself, if I had a reason to get up the next day, hopefully I'll get up the next day because I just love to do my job.”
He added, “Maybe this could feel more special than any other Number 1 record simply because of that. I was facing life and death issues and then to get something so rewarding as a Number 1 record is pretty amazing.”
Rodgers, who is back in Ireland with Chic to play a short nationwide tour in October, also confirmed a “lost Chic album” had been discovered, and would get a release.