At the Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA (9/22/04)



At 9:45pm, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars got off to a great start with some good ole "Funkentelechy" (or "FUNK-EN-TE-LE-CHY"), with some NASTAY funk bass by the O.G. bassist, Billy Bass Nelson (somethin' stinks and it smells good!) and some outstanding synthesizer work by Jerome Rodgers!! "Bop Gun" was Steve Boyd's lead vocal spotlight, while I loved the tight horns (Bennie Cowan & Greg Thomas) on "Gamin' on Ya"! "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" featured a red-hot, fierce lead guitar solo by the guitar-slayer Blackbyrd McKnight, while "Flashlight" was da bomb with the tight horns stinking up the Trocadero, along with some good vocals by the one and only George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton!!!!!!! "Electric Spanking of War Babies" was (of course) a snippet featured in "Flashlight", along with a Shonda Clinton musical moment.....Shonda did her signature song "Somethin' Stinks and I Want Some", along with the pornographic "Hard as Steel"...."hard as steel and still get harder"!! Jerome's synthesized riffing on "Knee Deep" was great, and hearing Belita Woods singing "Sentimental Journey" (along with the WOOing synthesizer sounds of The Wizard of WOO, Bernie Worrell) (YES!) was the best shit I ever heard! After the "Rubber Duckie" snippet and the "Disco-To-Go" horn riffing, it was time to get "Up For the Downstroke"....the middle part of the song featured Belita singing the Jimmy G & The Tackheads stuff called "Slingshot" (the chorus part). Poo-Poo Man made the P-Funk show into a JB (James Brown) thang with the songs "Payback" and "Sex Machine"....all he needed was some splits and George puttin' a cape over him.....very funny and interesting stuff. The slow part of the show was Kendra Foster's performance of "Bounce To This", but it sounded better everytime the band (especially the monstrous bass-ous Lige Curry & heavy drumming Frankie Kash Waddy) kicked it into rock mode!! "Maggot Brain" featured (of course) the soaring, fiery, electrifying lead guitar solo of the Master of The Axe, Mike "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton!!!!! After the fast-tempo rock ending of "Maggot Brain", Garry Shider did his soulful vocals over a slow version of "One Nation Under a Groove"! The regular cut "One Nation Under a Groove" was tight, but better was seeing & hearing Garry actually doing the lead vocals to.........."I'm Never Gonna Tell It"! (WHOA!) Although the song was done at too slow a speed to be funky, it was a big step for the band!! "The Hall of Fame" riff was followed by the corny "Whole Lotta Shakin' On"......that's enough of that song, George! The show was over at 1:00am.


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