With still-unconfirmed reports about additions to the Woodstock ’99 lineup abounding, it looks like fans can bank on at least one notable reunion.
According to the artist’s record label as well as a source close to the festival, George Clinton’s performance (which originally was to feature the funk icon with his P-Funk All-Stars) will actually see him perform with Parliament/Funkadelic in public for the first time in close to 20 years.
The return of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership will also see Funkadelic release an album in October for Mammoth Records. The label notes that the release is “about 80 percent” complete, and currently features appearances by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, punk renaissance man Henry Rollins, Shock-G, and Del tha Funkee Homosapien.
The reunited outfit is planning to tour behind the album this fall, and the Parliament wing of Clinton’s funk empire is also expected to release an album for Mammoth next year.
Under the two different
banners Parliament and Funkadelic, Clinton and company spent the ’70s bending minds and rewriting the rules of popular music. Internal trouble started eroding the group in the early ’80s, eventually leaving Clinton to soldier on with the pared down P-Funk All-Stars. Over the course of its colorful career, the band managed to influence a diverse wave of artists from Public Enemy to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Snoop Dogg.
You’ll soon be able to read about Clinton’s rich (and no doubt intriguing) story as a Clinton biography is currently in the works as well.