|Felipe Rose: "I’ve never done interviews for Out Magazine or The Advocate."|
Bugs' interview with Felipe Rose originally ran in Three Dollar Bill on Dec. 2, 2004
I was a 12-year-old disco bunny when I saw the Village People perform live at the Montreal Forum back in 1978. The opening act was none other than Gloria Gaynor, who won the only disco Grammy ever awarded, in 1979, for her classic .
Last year, a full quarter-century later, I interviewed the Village People’s "Indian" character Felipe Rose – along with Thelma Houston, KC and the Sunshine Band, Martha Wash and others – for a cover story I wrote on the legacy and importance of disco. I was so taken by Felipe, and we got along so well, that we’ve met backstage each time our paths have crossed and have maintained contact ever since.
But back in 1978, when I was a disco bunny, Rose was having the time of his life as the Village People topped pop charts worldwide.