George Clinton Is Quitting Touring -
George Clinton, Parliament: Photo Ros O'Gorman

George Clinton, Parliament: Photo Ros O'Gorman

George Clinton Is Quitting Touring

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on April 30, 2018

in News

George Clinton has just one more year of touring left in him.

Billboard reported on Friday (April 27) that Clinton will retire from touring in May of 2019. Clinton said in a statement “This has been coming a long time. Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”

Keep in mind, this is NOT the end of Parliament/Funkadelic and other Clinton oriented bands. “They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”

George Clinton formed a doo-wop group called the Parliaments in the late 50’s before becoming a staff writer at Motown along with working with a number of other Detroit area labels. By the late 60’s, Clinton had transitioned the Parliaments into two bands, Parliament and Funkadelic and, by the mid-70’s, both bands were having regular hits including “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)” and “Flash Light” (both Parliament) along with “One Nation Under a Groove” and “(Not Just) Skin Deep” (both Funkadelic). Clinton also had his own solo career starting in the 80’s with hits like “Atomic Dog” and “Do Fries Go With That Shake?”.

The dates scheduled, so far:
04/28 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club
05/04 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
05/05 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park
05/06 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
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 – Music Box
05/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
05/27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
05/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06/16 – Hunter, NY – “Mountain Jam Festival” @ Hunter Mountain
06/20 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre
06/21 – Akureyri, Iceland – “Secret Solstice Festival” @ Secret Solstice Festival Grounds
06/22 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
06/23 – Odense, Denmark – Posten
06/26 – Hilversum, Netherlands – Podium de Vorstin
06/27 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
06/28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
06/29 – Lublin, Poland – “Different Sounds Art ‘N’ Music” @ Different Sounds Festival Grounds
06/30 – Brussels, Belgium – “Couleur Cafe Festival” @ Atomium Square
07/01 – Glynde, United Kingdom – “Love Supreme Jazz Festival” – Glynde Place
07/03 – Paris, France – Casino de Paris
07/06 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rock City
07/07 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester Academy
07/08 – London, United Kingdom – Roundhouse
07/11 – Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium
07/12 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
07/13 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Cafe & Pub
07/15 – Chicago, IL – “Taste Of Chicago” @ Grant Park
07/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
07/21 – Warren, OH – W.D. Packard Music Hall
08/01 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall
08/04 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot
08/10 – Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel Opry
08/17 – Chiba, Japan – “Sonic Mania” @ Makuhari Messe
08/19 – Tokyo, Japan – “Summer Sonic” (Chiba) @ Zozo Marine Stadium
08/24 – Arrington, VA – “Lockn’ Festival” – Oak Ridge Farm

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