When we found out Funkadelic were playing at the Forum in London we just had to go along and see them. We were so excited to watch these pioneers ‘Do That Stuff’ and we were not disappointed. At 73, legendary funk bandleader George Clinton has shaved his rainbow coloured dreadlocks and sports a nifty orange trilby over a balding pate. With his double-breasted jacket and kipper tie, it is a look more suggestive of a respectable jazz veteran than mad hippy maverick, but hey, I guess you have to get respectable at some point and he getting on a bit now.
The ground-breaking music that Clinton pioneered through the Seventies and Eighties with different line-ups of Parliament and Funkadelic has effectively become a vintage experience now and we felt privileged to be connected with it. With high energy performances, the wild and joyous groove still sounds like a dispatch from the future but like nothing you would hear from modern day music.
There was about 17 band members on stage at the same time. Maggot brain was mind blowing! George was a bit out of breath but the audience joined in so much that he managed to get a few breathers. Two younger female vocalists were introduced as granddaughters of the original Brides of Funkenstein.
This was an awesome experience, a very colourful show and great inspiration to our band.