Taken from The News-Press (May 07, 2018)
Review: George Clinton gets funky in Bonita Springs with Parliament-Funkadelic
George Clinton brought the P-Funk party to Bonita Springs with his incredibly tight, incredibly loud and â€” most of all â€” incredibly FUNKY band.
by Charles Runnells, The News-Press
George Clinton performed May 3 with Parliament-Funkadelic at Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs. PhotoCredit: Charles Runnells
Honestly, I didnâ€™t think Southwest Florida Event Center could handle this much funk. But it did.
Oh yes, it did.
George Clinton and about 18 members of Parliament-Funkadelic crammed onto the stage May 3 at the Bonita Springs concert venue. And they all fit â€” just barely.
Thatâ€™s OK, though. Despite a stage packed with drums, guitars, horns, microphone stands and more funk than should be humanly possible, Clinton and company managed to make themselves at home. The P-Funk mastermind even drank a little wine offered by an audience member in the front row.
â€śAre yâ€™all ready to fly on the Mothership?â€ť a grinning Clinton asked us.
The answer, of course, was yes.
If you missed last weekâ€™s show, you missed a lot. Clinton brought the P-Funk party to Bonita Springs with his incredibly tight, incredibly loud and â€” most of all â€” incredibly funky band.
And no one seemed to have more fun than the man, himself.
Sure, he spent a lot of time sitting down onstage â€” or even sitting offstage and out of sight of the audience. But give the man a break: Heâ€™s 76 years old.
Much of the time, Clinton let P-Funk do most of the work. And thatâ€™s just fine when theyâ€™re as awe-inspiring as this version of his iconic band. They hit hard and often approached a heavy-metal intensity with extended guitar and horn solos, thundering drum beats, sexy dancers, dreadlocks swirling to the beat, audience chant-alongs and a hard-partying atmosphere.
And Clinton was there for every sweaty, funky note. Even when he wasnâ€™t singing or urging us to â€śget off our ass and jam,â€ť he still grinned and tapped his feet and mugged for the audience and had an absolute blast.
Sixty-one years into his music career, Clinton still loves the music. And that enthusiasm was contagious.
The nearly 2Â˝-hour show featured plenty of rock-funk classics such as â€śFlash Light,â€ť â€śAtomic Dog,â€ť â€śCosmic Slopâ€ť and a 10-minute (at least) version of the iconic instrumental â€śMaggot Brain.â€ť Plus some of Clintonâ€™s excellent new P-Funk songs, including â€śPole Powerâ€ť a pop-metal version of â€śGet Lowâ€ť and the just released â€śI'm Gon Make U Sick Oâ€™ Meâ€ť (the first new song under the Parliament name in 38 years).
There was even an appearance by P-Funk character Sir Nose Dâ€™Avoidoffunk in his white fur pants, long fake nose and an oversized sparkly belt buckle that said simply â€śNOSE.â€ť He strutted around the stage, did some impressive acrobatics and showed off an amazing set of abs (seriously, I need to know this guyâ€™s workout routine).
The show was intense, super-fun and easily one of the best Southwest Florida concerts of the year. Sadly, it also might be Clintonâ€™s last Southwest Florida show, too. Heâ€™s retiring from the road in 2019.