Chic is present process main member adjustments as Rome Ramirez broadcasts plans to go away Chic With Rome — simply as unique frontman Bradley Nowell’s son seems able to step in.
It appears more and more possible that Jakob Nowell will take up the mantle of his late father Bradley to develop into the brand new Chic frontman. Shortly after Jakob carried out for the primary time with unique Chic members at a profit present in Los Angeles, Rome Ramirez, the singer/guitarist who has primarily served as Chic’s frontman for the touring outfit Chic With Rome over the previous 15 years, introduced his departure.
On December 11, Jakob Nowell performed with an iteration of the band at a profit for Unhealthy Brains chief H.R., alongside surviving Chic members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh (Gaugh left the band in 2011). Although they promised nothing completely Chic-related past that profit efficiency, issues sounded promising: Billboard reported that “Jakob and his mom agreed with Wilson and Gaugh to relaunch Chic, with Jakob on the helm, beneath the administration of Kevin Zinger and Joe Escalante.”
However between Jakob Nowell’s plans along with his personal band, Jakob’s Fortress, and Chic With Rome’s upcoming New Zealand tour, it wasn’t possible for any new “Chic With Jakob” content material to floor, no less than till 2025 as soon as Chic With Rome wraps up their tour.
Now that Rome has introduced his departure on the finish of 2024, it appears all however confirmed that Jakob Nowell will observe in his late father’s footsteps to develop into the brand new Chic frontman. Will that be the final change to the Chic members lineup for some time?
“The upcoming performances over the following 12 months will permit us to replicate on numerous unimaginable recollections collectively!” writes Rome Ramirez on Instagram, promising that new solo music is on the best way. “Singing and enjoying guitar for this iconic band has been a lifetime alternative and simply flat-out completely epic. Carrying on the Chic legacy has been a belief I’ll perpetually cherish.”
Jakob Nowell was solely a child when his father died in 1996, however music has been perpetually prevalent in his life — he’s been performing and touring along with his group, Jakob’s Fortress, for over a decade.
Rome Ramirez has toured with Eric Wilson as Chic With Rome since 2010, because the identify is a authorized compromise with Troy Dendekker Nowell (Bradley’s widow and Jakob’s mom) who sued the boys to forestall them from touring beneath the identify Chic. For the reason that latest profit efficiency with Jakob, Bud Gaugh had not carried out with Wilson since his departure from the group in 2011.
Competition expertise scouters are sufficiently fascinated about a possible Chic relaunch, and patrons are already submitting affords to guide them at festivals. As Rome departs from Chic With Rome on the finish of 2024 and focuses on his solo profession, all eyes will probably be on Jakob Newell to guide Chic by way of their subsequent period.
“If the vibe’s there, the vibe’s there,” stated Kevin Zinger of Regime Music Group within the lead-up to the group’s profit efficiency on December 11. And it sounds just like the vibe was there.
Jakob’s Fortress will open for G Love & Particular Sauce on their tour, which runs by way of the tip of March 2024. Chic With Rome heads off to tour New Zealand in February 2024.