The legendary funk master and frontman to the ‘70s-era funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton, announced on Friday that he’s officially coming in from the road. Clinton has said that he’ll retire from doing live tours in May of 2019.
“This has been coming a long time,” Clinton told Billboard. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”
The 77-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently underwent surgery to address an issue with his pacemaker. The artist, however, indicates that the incident was not a factor in his decision to retire.
“Truth be told,” Clinton said, “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.”
The musician is currently on his Parliament-Funkadelic 2018 tour, which has the musician playing over 50 shows throughout the world. You can see when Dr. Funkenstein will pay your city a visit through Parliament-Funkadelic’s website here. Don’t miss the chance to see this funk legend in one of his final runs before his retirement—unfortunately for Parliament-Funkadelic fans everywhere, the funk can only last so long.
Check out the video of Funkadelic’s “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” remix, featuring Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube, below, followed by the video of Clinton and his P-Funk All-Stars performing in 1999 from the Paste Cloud.