George Clinton Announces Tour Retirement from Parliament + Funkadelic

Posted May 11, 2018 by J Matthew Cobb in News

George Clinton announces future retirement from tour life

Dr. Funkenstein is about to get off the mothership, for good.

At least the traveling kind.

Possibly due to rising health issues and Father Time, legendary funkster George Clinton announced his plans to bow out from Funkadelic-Parliament, the split funk bands that he initially started back in 1970 and later merged together in the ’80’s. He is slated to bow out from road shows at the end of May 2019.

“This has been coming a long time,” Clinton said in a statement. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”

According to Billboard, the 76-year old funk legend (who turns 77 this July) recently underwent pacemaker surgery, but that the decision to bow out gracefully was not determined by the operation.

For those still hungry for the funk, the band will continue on without Clinton. “Truth be told, it’s never really been about me,” Clinton said. “It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”

Honestly, it won’t be the same. So if you’re looking to catch the Godfather of the One on the road, you still have time. Over fifty more road dates are still on the calendar until next May, including trips abroad in Europe and Japan. He’s also expected to still record with the group, with Parliament scheduled to release Medicaid Fraud Dog, the funk group’s first album in nearly 40 years, later this year. A new single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me” was released back in January.

View remaining tour dates with Clinton below:

04/28 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
05/04 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
05/05 – Clearwater, FL @ Coachman Park
05/06 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues New Orleans
05/10 – Savannah, GA @ The Stage on Bay
05/11 – Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station
05/12 – Portsmouth, VA @ Union Bank & Trust Pavilion
05/25 – San Diego, CA @ The Music Box
05/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
05/27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
05/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/02 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
06/08 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
06/20 – Glasgow, UK @ Kelvingrove Bandstand
06/21 – Reykjavik, IS @ Laugardalur
06/22 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
06/23 – Odense, DK @ Posten
06/26 – Hilversum, NL @ Vorstin
06/27 – Arnhem, NL @ Luxor
06/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Grote Zaal
06/29 – Lublin, PL @ Different Sounds Festival
06/30 – Brussels, BL @ Couleur Cafe Festival
07/01 – Lewes, UK @ Love Supreme Festival
07/03 – Paris, FR @ Casino de Paris
07/06 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
07/07 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
07/08 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
07/12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Clyde Theatre
07/13 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
07/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
07/21 – Warren, OH @ Packard Music Hall
08/01 – Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
08/04 – Beverly, MA @ The Cabot
08/10 – Jacksonville, NC @ The Tarheel
08/23-24 Arrington, VA @ Lock’n Festival


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