Nile: Bad show got me sober

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NILE Rodgers says a bad con­cert per­for­mance made him kick his drink and drugs habit.

The Chic gui­tarist played un­der the in­flu­ence in Mi­ami, Florida, and thought he was “amaz­ing”.

Af­ter the show 24 years ago, he at­tended a party hosted by Madonna where he ended up be­ing “car­ried out”.

And the next day he got a shock when he lis­tened to a record­ing of his gig.

Nile, who has col­lab­o­rated with artists such as David Bowie and Diana Ross, said: “I was so em­bar­rassed. I now re­ally feel of­fi­cially crazy be­cause my brain said I was amaz­ing.

“My per­for­mance said I was pretty lousy. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the re­al­ity and the imag­ined re­al­ity was just too strong for me to take.

“And I knew that the only thing re­spon­si­ble for that was me do­ing drugs.

“My drugs made me think it was amaz­ing.

“But the tapes don’t lie. It was not amaz­ing. And that’s the last time I ever had a drink or took drugs and it was 24 years ago.”

CLEANED UP: Rodgers

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