After being on the road for fifty years, The Parliament-Funkadelic front man is ready to retire. George Clinton has been a huge icon for funk for years and has brought it to the homes and cities for many of his hardcore fans, even birthing a number of groups and soloists along the way – like how the current generation’s funk leader Dam-Funk colorfully detailed it in this 2014 interview with Clinton for LA Record. .
But before he takes off in the Mothership for good, he has announced that he and P-Funk will give it one last go-round for the fans, dubbing the tour under the One Nation Under a Groove name – which is the name of the Funkadelic’s 1978 album, as well as their single which made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
“It’s coming right on time,” Clinton tells Rolling Stone. He says that the announcement is part of a plan that he’s worked on a few years ago, after releasing his 2014 memoir, Brothas Be Like, Yo George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? and Funkadelic’s last album, First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, and Parliament’s 2018 album, Medicaid Fraud Dogg.
“I would love to keep on doing this but I’ll be 78 in a few more months. Even though I feel like I’m just getting started, the reality is the group needs to go ahead and keep it going. We’ve got a new vibe in the band, and they’ve been carrying it for the last three years. I’ve been up there representing for people, but they’ve actually been turning the place out. And we’ve been selling out for the last five years, every night.” – Clinton to Rolling Stone
The tour will officially start on Memorial Day weekend and roll through August, but Clinton & P-Funk are currently doing early farewell dates – like touring Australia with Red Hot Chili Peppers as their special guest. Tickets are now being sold on their website.
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(t’s also important to know that while jazz music has been known as a huge staple in samples for most of hiphop music, it’s also as equally important to know that funk music has been in a lot of hiphop music as well – especially formulating the music that is now known in West Coast hiphop. This fact has always been overlooked, as well as the fact that Erick Sermon was the first to sample funk music into his records before Dr. Dre came to the table.)