Written by: Geoff Tischman
Although he sounds better than ever and he’s got more energy than people half his age, George Clinton has decided to hang it up.
The legendary 77-year-old Clinton, who’s place in music history has been firmly secured for decades now, really has nothing left to prove. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is one of the most inventive and treasured musicians of all time.
But after fifty years of touring, the North Carolina-born and New Jersey-raised Clinton is retiring from the road and his One Nation Under A Groove tour came to Central Park SummerStage the other night (6/4) and it was fantastic.
Flanked by a nearly 20-piece band, Clinton was the center of attention, commanding the stage with regal, funky authority.
“I would love to keep on doing this but I’ll be 78 in a few more months,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “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.”
One Nation Under A Groove Tour
8/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater **
8/3 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery **
8/4 – Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino ***
8/8 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo **
8/10 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo **
8/11 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater **
8/15 – Denver, CO @ TBA **
8/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater **
8/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl **
* with Galactic, Fishbone and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf
** with Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf
*** with Zapp, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf