Nile Rodgers and Chic brought their iconic hit “Good Times” to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night. Rodgers has been busy promoting his FOLD Festival, which takes place October 8th at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens.
The leader of The Late Show‘s house band, Jon Batiste, welcomed Rodgers to the stage as the Chic mastermind sauntered out toting the white guitar he’s had for more than four decades. Inviting the crowd to sing along with him, Rodgers began playing the clean, propulsive guitar lines that helped “Good Times” climb to No. 1 in 1979. He later rapped a portion of the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” which was built on the memorable “Good Times” riff.
Rodgers has enjoyed a late career renaissance in recent years, working seemingly nonstop – this year includes collaborations with Laura Mvula and Keith Urban. His single with Chic, “I’ll Be There,” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 2015 – It was Rodgers’ first time atop that chart since 1992 – as he preps the band’s new album It’s About Time.
FOLD Festival launched last year with performances from Beck, Pharrell and others. FOLD is a slick acronym that incorporates the titles of two famous songs that Rodgers helped create: Freak Out Let’s Dance. This year’s edition of the event was originally supposed to take place in August, but it was postponed.