Bernie Worrell & The WOO Warriors

At Tobacco Road, NYC (11/08/02)



The personnel for the Bernie Worrell & the WOO Warriors:

1.     Bernie "The Wizard of WOO" Worrell - WOO ringleader, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer, vocals

2.     Gregg "Daffy Duck" Fitz - keyboards, vocals

3.     Cissy Fitz - vocals

4.     Donna "Lady Bass" McPherson - bass

5.     The Flash - WOOstock lead guitar, vocals

6.     Gary Sullivan - drums

7.     John Hickey - guitar

8.     Eric - (guest musician) saxophone


At 12:20am, Bernie Worrell & the WOO Warriors started their set with a funky intro.....every musician sounded so tight (bass, guitar, drums & keys)! Bernie Worrell gave up the WOO-funk with some super-funky synthesized riffs on "Gamin' on Ya"! "Super Stupid" featured some of The Flash's high-powered guitar slaying and the axe-slayer's lead vocals!!! Bernie did some type of WOOboard-driven ballad before going to "Red Hot Momma", featuring the funky lead vocals of Cissy Fitz, Gregg's sister!! "You and Your Folks" featured the vocal combo of Cissy and Gregg.....unfortunately the vocals were too low in the mix. On the plus side, Gregg represented for the funk on some good keyboards! Donna's bass was the driving force behind "Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication"!! Bernie shocked the fans with some of Sly & the Family Stone's "Sex Machine", before "Comin' Round the Mountain". Gregg went into a serious message concerning the darkness of current events with some "Biological Speculation".....he did the lead vocals and John Hickey did a serious lead guitar solo!

"Good to Your Earhole" was followed by some rare stuff by Bernie......he did a medley of "March to the Witch's Castle" (!), "Stuff & Thangs" and "A Joyful Process".......some fans were seriously vibing on some Funkadelic rarities.......and wanted more of it!!

"Up For the Down Stroke" was followed by a funky instrumental where Bassl (Bernie's son) was dancing onstage......a first for Bassl! The audience participation was strong on

"Standing on the Verge of Gettin' It On" and "Nappy Dugout"......"Nappy Dugout" was another rarity that blew people away!! Guest saxophonist Eric did some tight sax riffs on the song while the rhythm section (drums & bass) and guitars were really on da one!!

Drummer Gary Sullivan ripped away on "Cosmic Slop"....oh, the guitar army (The Flash & John Hickey) were blazin' as well!!! "Burnin' Down the House" featured the funky bass keyboards of The Wizard of WOO and the Wizard on lead vocals!! The WOO experience was over at 2:25am.

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