George Clinton @ Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY - February 2008 (tsmithphoto)
George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, RZA, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, El DeBarge and gospel singer Kim Burrell.George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are playing BB King's in NYC tonight (July 8). The show is not affiliated with the Afro-Punk Festival going on over at BAM, although the movie "George Clinton: Tales of Dr. Funkenstein" was an official festival selection (it screened at BAM on July 4th & 6th). All George Clinton tour dates below...
They all show up on an assortment of covers on "George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love," which Clinton will release Sept. 16 on Shanachie.
"It started out with me doing some doo wop songs," Clinton, who grew up singing on street corners in Plainfield, N.J., tells Billboard.com. "As we got going, people started coming through to be on it." Among the first, he says, was Santana, who plays on a version of the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman," and then Stone and DeBarge, who sing on Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - 2008 Tour Dates
July 8 - B.B. Kings Club, New York, New York (tix)
July 9 - Lupos Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
July 10 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (tix)
July 11 - Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
July 12 - The Palladium, Worchester, Massachusetts
July 14 - Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont
July 16 - House of Blues, Atlantic City, New Jersey (tix)
July 17 - North Fork Theater, Westbury, New York (tix)
July 18 - Bottle & Cork, Dewey Beach, Delaware (tix)
July 19 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
July 20 - MILLENIUM CENTER, WINSTON-SALEM
July 24 - 10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
July 25 - SIMON ESTATES AMPHITHEATER, DES MOINES, IOWA
July 26 - CUBBY BEAR, CHICAGO, IL (tix)
September 3 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe)