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George Clinton to retire from touring next year

"They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop"

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George Clinton
George Clinton

    George Clinton surprised everyone earlier this year when he announced Parliament‘s first release in 38 years, sharing with the news a new single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me”. Don’t expect these new songs to become a new live staple for Clinton, however, as the legendary frontman and producer is set to retire from touring next year.

    Billboard reports that May 2019 will mark Clinton’s final live performances. “This has been coming a long time,” Clinton, who turns 77 in July, 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.”

    Though Clinton underwent pacemaker surgery recently, he claims that’s not the reason for his decision. “Truth be told,” added Clinton, “It’s never really been about me. 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.”

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    The good news is that Clinton and his band have a robust tour slated for this summer. In late April, the funk will embark on a journey that will take it across North America and Europe. See the full tour itinerary below, and grab tickets here.

    George Clinton 2018 Tour Dates:
    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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