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CITY VIEWS: George Clinton is ready to rock Central Park on his farewell tour

June 03, 2019 - 11:32 pm
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By Sharon Barnes-Waters

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Legendary singer and musician, George Clinton, will rock Central Park today in his farewell tour as the front man for Parliament Funkadelic.

The “One Nation Under A Groove” tour, caps 50 years of touring and recording and brings the Rock N Roll Hall of famer back to his roots in the Tri-State area.

Clinton told 1010 WINS’ Sharon Barnes-Waters “We home, it’s gonna be fun up in here. It’s gonna be crazy.  A lot of our friends from other bands and a lot of members that were in the band before will join us here and there, so it’s gonna be a hell of a tour!”

P-Funk, as the group is also called, has been transitioning over the past 2-3 years as their leader gets ready to step down. Clinton says they are more than ready to take the next steps.

“They are in shape now, for the last two years they’ve been carrying it, I’ve been directing the band and setting them up so I can do movies and cartoons and animations and music for that and I will still be producing the band.”

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But have we really seen the last of George Clinton on stage? “They have some holograms, and I’ll probably sneak back in here and there. All of those things are in the future, but the band itself is very capable of doing it right now, for real!”

As Clinton reflected over his body of work, he told Barnes-Waters what he feels his most significant achievement has been. “Being able to transfer from one generation to the next, being able to appeal to all of those different people in ages and style have been very good to us.” This is a big reason he feels that his music has been sampled from one generation to the next. “We relate to the kids,” Clinton said, “you have to know the tempo of the time and get in step.”

Who does Clinton think has been blazing a trail in music?

“You will remember Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Rakim. You will defiantly remember  Eminem. They’ve been around a long time but the records they put out sustain past the new acts that come along doing it. They are still someone you have to deal with because they laid it down like that.”

Clinton’s legendary “Mothership,” the 1,200-pound aluminum stage prop that once stole the show at his concerts, is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, anchoring their “Musial Crossroads” exhibition. “ I am appreciative and thankful that they did that Clinton said, It looks so good in there! I’m up next to Chuck Berry’s Cadillac. I’m in good company.”

Joining him on his farewell tour are Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf.

For other tour dates, you can go to onenationunderagroovetour.com.

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