GEORGE CLINTON & THE P-FUNK ALLSTARS
At B.B. King's Blues Club - NYC (3/13/03)
At 9:45pm, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars started
with the band doing the Bootsy classic "Aah...The Name is Bootsy", featuring
bad-ass Lige Curry on some funkafied bass!! THE FUNK WAS IN DA HOUSE!!! One
change in the show format was seeing George onstage for the first song (this is
the first tour where George actually did that!) Also, this was a smaller P-Funk
unit......no Cordell Mosson, Eric McFadden, Ron Wright (drums), Greg Thomas,
Billy Bass, Razorsharp, Treylewd or Bennie Cowan! The energy level of the
show was superb and every ass in the joint was FONKIN'!! The show was over at
12:50am, and the highlights are:
1. The worst part of the show was the performance of the song
"Bounce 2 This"....the funk level dropped a good bit. There was a
white girl singing the lead vocals of this song......vocally, I prefer Belita
Woods or Sheila Horne!
2. The audience joyfully chanted along to "You and Your
Folks, Me and My Folks" and "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?"
3. "If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)"
featured funky vocals by George Clinton & Belita Woods. Belita got zeep
(deeper than deep) on "Slingshot" (a Jimmy G & The Tackheads
song).....the groove was just so funky!
4. Shonda Clinton represented well on "Somethin' Stinks
and I Want Some" ("trees" were lit up during the song) and
"Hard as Steel" (George took over during the second half on lead
rap).......that segued into "Booty"!!
5. "U.S. Customs Coast Guard Dope Dog" was good, but
it was missing the hilarious interjections of Clip Payne.......especially
during the part involving "the booty or the twat"!!
6. Of course, Michael "Kidd Funkdaelic" Hampton lit
the place up on "Maggot Brain".......the ending was some
high-powered, thrashin', metallic riffing between Kidd Funkadelic and Blackbyrd
McKnight, with Lige Curry on the pulvering bass tip!!
7. OOPS, ALMOST FORGOT!! On "Booty", Lige did some
hardcore, nasty bass riffing!!Somewhere later in the show (can't remember
when), this guy was spanking the shit out of his bass!!! LIGE IS JUST TOO DAMN
FUNKY FOR HIS OWN GOOD!!!!
8. "Standing on the Verge of Gettin' It On" featured
some electrifying guitarisms by Blackbyrd!
9. "Flashlight" featured some good saxophone riffs
by Scott Taylor.
sounded more like the album version on Bootsy's Rubber Band "Aah...The
Name is Bootsy" album!!
"One Nation Under a
Groove" started as a slow ballad (interesting) led up Garry Shider's funky
rhythm guitar and vocals, and segued into the actual uptempo song!
"Jimmy's Got a Little
Bit of Bitch in Him" was an interesting addition, although George seem to
have forgotten the words. Also, the groove was nowhere as tight as the album
"No Head, No Backstage
Pass" was a great addition to the set! Hardcore bass was definitely there
and the vocals were very good!
"Whole Lotta Shakin'
Goin' On" had some great piano riffs and powerful guitarisms!
The song set listing:
Aah....The Name is Bootsy,
Standing on the Verge of
Gettin' It On
Up For the Down Stroke
You and Your Folks, Me and My
Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?
If Anybody Gets Funked
Up (It's Gonna Be
Bounce 2 This
Chorus of "You Ain't Seen
Nothin' Yet" (originally by Mystikal)
"It Would Be
Somethin' Stinks and I Want
Hard as Steel
U.S. Customs Coast Guard Dope
of War Babies
Pass The Peas horn riff
(originally by The J.B.'s)
Journey/Rubber Duckie/Disco-To-Go horn riff
One Nation Under a Groove
No Head, No Backstage Pass
Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of
Bitch in Him
Free Your Mind and Your Ass
Will Follow/Hall of Fame riff
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
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