Nile Rodgers – Fighting Cancer

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers after surgery

Nile Rodgers, a personal guitar hero of mine and legendary songwriter, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in late October 2010. Nile kept his condition a secret from his adoring fans until earlier this week (w/c 17th January 2011) and announced on his Blog – Walking On Planet C, Twitter and Facebook that he had had radical surgery to remove the cancer. Nile is putting cancer behind him by taking long walks and singing old songs, Nile said: “I sang We Are Family to myself, three times … all the way back home.” (

Nile has received an amazing amount of support from his fans on Twitter and Facebook, messages include:

  • “Hold on Nile, tomorrow will be better!”
  • “You are in my thoughts and energy”
  • “Sending you love and blessings!”
  • …and many more!

Check out Nile’s 2008 performance of ‘Lets Dance’ by David Bowie, of which Nile produced and played guitar on the original recording. This performance includes Chic, Slash and Eric Benet.

Please follow Nile’s personal journey through his recovery from cancer via his website and blog:

Peace and love to you, Nile. X

Please support a cancer charity (UK charities listed):


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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