Tonight is the 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. This year’s performer inductees are Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, ELO, Yes, and Journey. Furthermore, legendary record producer Nile Rodgers will be inducted and receive the Award for Musical Excellence.
I’ll post about the induction ceremony experience this weekend. However, I wanted to share a video I captured of Nile speaking at last night’s VIP party that was sponsored by Klipsch. It’s a half hour clip, shot handheld with my cell phone. Don’t worry, the footage is sharp and reasonably steady (YouTube is applying stabilization but that may take a while). Plus, the audio is clear.
Behind great musical acts you’ll find great producers, and few can brag of working with as many superstars of rock than Rodgers. Anyhow, it’s well worth the time to watch because Nile Rodgers has a lot of interesting stories to tell and I guarantee he’ll keep your attention.
From the origins of CHIC in the 1970s disco era, to his guitar work on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Nile discusses working with the likes of Madonna, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, David Bowie, Sugar Hill Gang, Queen, and many other famous acts in this clip, and even plays a few riffs on the Fender Stratocaster that he notes is featured in over three billion dollars worth of music.
Nile Rodgers is a living legend, in the flesh, offering excellent insights the creative process. Without music, our stereo systems and portable audio rigs would be a lot less fun.