GEORGE CLINTON & THE P-FUNK ALLSTARS
At the 9:30 Club - Washington, DC (11/20/01)
9:35pm, the P-Funk Allstars started their set with Frankie "Kash"
Waddy hyping up the enormous crowd gathered for the P-Funk show of a lifetime!!
Treylewd came out and did a hilarious slow song......Treylewd was a
"trip" down from his vocal stylings to some of the insane lyrics!! "Funkentelechy" set the 9:30 Club
afire with some deep-funky bass riffs by the one & only, the greatest Lige
Curry!! Razorsharp's cosmic keyboardisms cried out to the heavens and summoned
the mothership!! The horns (Scott Taylor, Greg Thomas & Bennie Cowan)
sounded so funky!! Garry Shider sounded so sweet on lead vocals!! (The
diaperman always delivers!) "Bop Gun" benefited from the well-groomed vocals of
one Steve Boyd! (Glen Goins, are you listening to this cat?!) "Bop
Gun" segued into the "horny" tune, "Gamin' on Ya".
"Undisco Kidd" featured a solo spot for the beautiful songstress, Ms.
Belita Woods!! "Cosmic
Slop" sounded better than the other concert versions.....some harder
rock-guitar influence by Blackbyrd! This was where George Clinton took it to
"Bend Over"/"Booty" was
the highlight of the show......it must have been a 25-minute jam with George
singing "What is a booty and how will I know if I'm shakin' it? Bend
over!" and "A tail ain't nothing but a long booty, a booty ain't
nothing but a butt!" The song itself was a childish rap, featuring funky
extra lead vocalizations by Sheila Brody (if SHE didn't know what a booty was,
then something is definitely wrong!), Belita Woods (her vocal stylings were so
beautiful), and Garry Shider (SANG, Garry!)! Scott Taylor did a great saxophone
solo of the "Bend Over" chorus!!!!
"Maggot Brain" was DA
BOMB.....Blackbyrd handled the lead guitar part (where was Mike "Kidd
Funkadelic" Hampton??), along with second guitarist, Dwayne Stevens! The
drummer Ron Wright and bassist Lige Curry joined in towards the end.
Razorsharp's keyboardisms were good. Garry did a slow version of "One Nation Under a
Groove" for 2 minutes, before the band jumped into the original version.
"I'm Never Gonna Tell It" was the low point of the show (of
course)......sounding like the Phillippe Wynne version. "P-Funk (Wants
to Get Funked Up)" featured some new lyrics, "It's ludacris to think
that we are new to this...."(what was the rest of that lyric??)
"Flashlight" was Sir Nose's song to go into dance action......the
snippet included was "Electric Spanking of War Babies". "Knee
Deep" featured Blackbyrd on blistering lead guitar riffs and Greg
"Motor-mouth" Thomas on vocal scats!! "Sentimental Journey"
was another Belita Woods song and every ass in the club was feeling that shit!!
A snippet of "Rubber Duckie" and the "Disco-To-Go" horn
riff ended the "Knee Deep" song. "Atomic Dog" was some
FUNKY shit with Lige's hellified bass riffs!! The "Hall of Fame"
riff featured an instrumental snippet of "Music For My Mother",
"Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" and "Music for My
OHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO, Y'ALL.......THE
The last song was "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"......it was a LONG
jam with some smoking keyboard riffs by Razorsharp & deep, gutbucket bass
riffs by Lige!!!!!!!!!! The lead guitar solo was PHAT!!! Clip Payne was in the
audience adding more fuel to the blaze that was burning in the funkateers's
feet that got everyone jumping, gliding, dancing and SHAKING about!!!!!! The
crowd was in a shaking/dance frenzy that the 9:30 Club's floor practically
caved in under the punishing force of the funkatized fans!!!! The heavy-duty
funk-rock energy melted the woofers, tweeters & earholes!!!
The show was over at 12:45am.
The personnel: George Clinton (legendary maggot overlord), Garry Shider (rhythm
guitar & lead vocals), Blackbyrd (lead guitar), Tracey "Treylewd"
Lewis (rhythm guitar & lead vocals), Lige Curry (bass), Dwayne Stevens
(guitar), Ron Wright (drums), Frankie "Kash" Waddy (drums), Joel
"Razorsharp" Johnson (keyboards), Michael "Clip" Payne
("man-in-the-box", vocals), Bennie Cowan (trumpet), Greg Thomas (sax
& lead vocals), Scott Taylor (sax), Belita Woods (lead vocals), Steve Boyd
(lead vocals), Sheila Brody (background vocals), Paul Hill (background vocals),
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson (background vocals), Sir Nose ("dancing
Sir Nose") and airbody else I don't know.
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