After an intro from comedian Dave Chappelle, the makeshift band – also with bassist Chris Chaney from Jane’s addiction and Hawkins’ NHC – opened with a rendition of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” queen of the stone age and You crooked vultures frontman Josh Homme led the group and delivered a vocal performance that was surprisingly faithful to the original.
Homme handed the mic over to Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes for the band’s second and final tune, “Modern Love”. Both songs appeared on Bowie’s 1983 album Lets dancewhich Rodgers helped produce and which Hakim drummed on.
Before they started playing, Rodgers explained that Chic also performed at the Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia, festival Foo Fighters was headlined the night Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 50. Rodgers said that Chic and the Foo Fighters were to perform together, but the bandleader asked if they could postpone the team-up to Milan “because we have to get up at 2 in the morning and you takes place at midnight.
“But Dave [Grohl] didn’t,” Rodgers continued. “He called me and he said, ‘Nile, I put on a suit so I could look like Chic and enjoy the show.'”
Rodgers ended his story with a short mission: “Well, if you know anything about Chic, we play dance music!”
Wembley Stadium is the first of two star-studded Hawkins tribute concerts. The second will take place on Sept. 27 at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum.
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