Former David Bowie collaborators Nile Rodgers and Omar Hakim led a star-studded Bowie mini-set at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.
After an intro by comedian Dave Chappelle, the impromptu band – also featuring bassist Chris Chaney, of Jane’s Addiction and Hawkins’ NHC – kicked off with a rendition of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures frontman Josh Homme led the group, delivering a vocal performance surprisingly faithful to the original.
Homme handed over the mic to Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes for the band’s second and final track, “Modern Love.” Both songs appeared on Bowie’s 1983 album let’s dancewhich Rodgers co-produced and which Hakim played drums on.
Before he started performing, Rodgers explained that Chic also performed at Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia, the Foo Fighters festival was to headline the night Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room at the 50 years old. Rodgers said Chic and Foo Fighters were supposed to play together, but the bandleader asked if they could reschedule the team until Milan “because we have to get up at about 2 a.m., and you guys, you leave at midnight.
“But Dave [Grohl] didn’t have it,” Rodgers continued. “He called me and he said, ‘Nile, I was putting on a costume so I could look like Chic and enjoy the show.'”
Rodgers ended her story with a brief mission statement: “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 September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
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