Leeds’ O2 Academy and Manchester’s The Ritz will both welcome the psychedelic funk legend George Clinton in April as he embarks on his world tour with his live band, Parliament Funkadelic. Originally hailing from Kannapolis in North Carolina, Clinton was one of the first pioneers of funk music when the genre was taking off in the 1970’s and 80’s. With other artists like James Brown and Sly Stone, George Clinton innovated and spearheaded the genre, being commended for his work by being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame with the 15 members of the band Parliament Funkadelic. The museum that resides in Cleveland, Ohio is dedicated to archiving the most influential musical figures that have existed throughout history.
Throughout his life as an artist, Clinton has worked with a whole host of artists, with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Bootsy Collins and The Red Host Chilli Peppers crediting Clinton in their works. Having worked with these bands as a producer, songwriter, vocalist and bandleader, Clinton is not just a singer. The largest amount of George Clinton’s mainstream success was with his 15 piece band Parliament Funkadelic, the joining of the two bands The Parliaments and Funkadelic, who will be joining Clinton on his tour, including these two dates at Leeds and Manchester. Together, throughout the 1970s the combination of George and the band released a whole host of material that includes three platinum albums, three number 1 singles and a further 40 hit R&B singles.
With their most popular singles including the seminal ‘Not Just Knee Deep’, ‘Give Up The Funk’, ‘Mothership Connection’ and ‘Maggot Brain’, this will be a performance any fan of the genre cannot afford to miss as it will be one of the few chances in the future you will be able to see a full live performance from these influential and legendary artists.
Words by Josh Plews
Image courtesy of George Clinton