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Legendary Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George Clinton has officially announced his final outing, the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour. Each stop will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership. Phoenix’s lineup will feature Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf
Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his final tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires.
Parliament Funkadelic has been a touring force for decades, and the current lineup including veterans Bennie Cowan (trumpet), Greg Thomas (sax), Lige Curry (bass), and Blackbird McKnight (guitar) have been with George for 30 plus years. Parliament Funkadelic also now includes many younger generations of Clinton's family who are set to move the legacy forward into the 21's century. This blended-family business has no plans of slowing down, even with their helmsman moving on. “It’s always been about the music and the band" says the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, "That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”
The "One Nation Under a Groove Tour" is the latest blockbuster package tour created by Universal Attractions Agency, George and P-Funk’s booking agency. The tour was conceived around the anniversary of the iconic Album and single of the same title. "We had been kicking this idea around for a long time" recalls Nick Szatmari, George's Agent at UAA. "It just felt organic and authentic, especially with the current social climate and the powers that be trying to divide everyone; it has always been a call for unity and togetherness through music.
Billboard summed up the historic nature of this moment perfectly in their coverage of the retirement announce: "If you want to watch the original master of funk do his thing, you’ve got one more year. Parliament/Funkadelic frontman/producer George Clinton is set to retire from touring in 2019."
ABOUT GEORGE CLINTON: Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. Inspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the ’70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. 1978-79 was the most successful year in Parliament/Funkadelic history: Parliament hit the charts first with “Flash Light,” P-Funk’s first R&B number one. “Aqua Boogie” would hit number one as well late in the year, but Funkadelic‘s title track to “One Nation Under a Groove” spent six weeks at the top spot on the R&B charts during the summer. The album, which reflected a growing consistency in styles between Parliament and Funkadelic, became the first Funkadelic LP to reach platinum (the same year that Parliament‘s “Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome” did the same). In 1979, Funkadelic‘s “(Not Just) Knee Deep” hit number one as well, and its album (“Uncle Jam Wants You”) also reached platinum status.
Clinton began his solo career with 1982’s “Computer Games.” Several months later, Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” hit number one on the R&B charts; it stayed at the top spot for four weeks, but only managed number 101 on the pop charts. Clinton stayed on Capitol for three more years, releasing three studio albums and frequently charting singles in the R&B Top 40. Clinton’s visibility and presence has become familiar to a wider audience thanks to appearances in movies “The Night Before,” “House Party,” “PCU” and “Good Burger,” hosting the HBO original series “Cosmic Slop,” and doing commercials for Apple computers, Nike, and Rio Mp3 players. Clinton also composed the theme songs for popular TV programs “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The PJs.” Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel), and an MTV music video awards, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Parliament Funkadelic’s story of late is that of the Phoenix rising from the smoke. The band’s agent, Nick Szatmari of Universal Attractions, has been working with them since his arrival at UAA in 2008 and has spent the last decade helping the group build their business from spot dates in small clubs to sell-out routed tours in large theaters and clubs, propelling P-Funk back into the major touring circuit in 2019 where they will be playing arenas, amphitheaters, and major venues across the country. "It has been a decade of grinding it out on the road, 100, 120, 150 dates a year in clubs re-proving his value in the box office. George Clinton is an absolute road warrior, and his health and stamina have increased over this time. Following the massive success of the Mardi Gras Madness Tour which ran for 3 years, the One Nation Under a Groove Tour is the fruit of so much hard work, not only by all the agents and staff at UAA, the P-Funk crew, and especially the band, but most of all George. All the credit ultimately goes to him for leading this charge. Now P-Funk is set to take this progress into the next generation and keep it going."
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