Posted in music | pictures on October 11, 2013

photos by P Squared Photography

Sly Stone @ BB King's - 10/5/13
Rufus & Sly Stone

Soul/funk legend Sly Stone just released a huge box set, and then made his return to the stage this past weekend with shows with Rufus in NYC and DC. The NYC show was his first in a few years, and it happened on Saturday (10/5) at BB King's, where Sly and the Family Stone played in 2007, which was his first NYC show in 32 years. At those 2007 shows, despite a few mishaps, they mostly went over well and the one we caught back then saw Sly staying on stage for most of the 70-ish minute set.

Last week's BB King's show was billed as "Rufus featuring Sly Stone," and there is some confusion about what exactly that billing meant he'd be doing, as well as some confusion about what he actually did do. One anonymous attendee tells us:

Sly came out towards the end of Rufus's set. Brought people on stage to sing one song. In fact the three people that came on stage, Sly pulled money out of his pocket and gave it to them. He tried to make a go at the keyboards which of course didn't work or at least that's what they said. He tried to strap on a guitar and he didn't think that was working. He talked to the crowd for a bit... They tried to do another song (Sly was supposed to do a 6 song set) but Sly did not want to unless the instruments were working so he left the stage saying he would come back. Of course he never did.
He was also initially supposed to do a late show with Rufus at the venue, but that ended up being cancelled. You can watch a video of Sly's short time on stage at the show, along with more pictures of the show, below...

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Rufus featuring Sly Stone @ BB King's 10/5/13

Rufus & Sly Stone

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Rufus & Sly Stone

Rufus & Sly Stone

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Rufus & Sly Stone

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Rufus & Sly Stone

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Rufus & Sly Stone

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Comments (22)

So...drugs , old & senile...or a little of both?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 2:18 PM

Sly Stone / Death Grips tour 2014.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 2:23 PM

Once upon a time, Sly was great, but this is just pathetic. An old, drug-addicted jackass taking money from gullible fans.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 2:24 PM

Holy shit that's awful.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 2:39 PM

Talk about expendables! He was great in Rambo now this? Whatever! Done with you Sly!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 2:39 PM

DC show was cancelled-

Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2013 2:43 PM

Damn, even I think that's sad!

Posted by H.R. | October 11, 2013 3:09 PM

If you paid to see Sly Stone in 2013, you are a sucker.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 3:37 PM

Least surprising turn of events, ever.

Posted by SH | October 11, 2013 3:38 PM

Who would do such a thing???

Posted by Scott Weiland | October 11, 2013 4:19 PM

A real travesty........

Posted by Pete Doherty | October 11, 2013 4:24 PM

In that last picture, Sly has an arm growing out of his head.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 4:24 PM

Worthless crackhead waste.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 6:29 PM

dude should be right up there with the greatest still playing arenas...but as they say

'crack is wack'

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2013 10:14 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | October 12, 2013 10:56 AM

Performance art.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2013 7:58 PM

This could've been MJ's future.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 2:00 PM

^ha ha ahh

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 2:16 PM

So sad to see this. I saw him and the Family Stone in Central Park in '73 and they were amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 3:23 PM

gosh these pix are awesome, truly amazing textures u've got in here
i was there that night
i didn't have to pay, i got ticks 4 tha 2nd show and it was cancelled
but they let me in for the last licks
i do remember that "higher '13" t-shirt and the masterjam vinyl
i'm glad u made it 2!

Posted by Liam | November 20, 2013 1:50 AM

Wow! Paul fucking it up with a video game sounding keyboard, Sly forgetting lyrics two or three rounds in a row, and then... BOOM! The Dank Funk One pulls it out and gets the crowd going! Only a battle tested live performer can do that. Back when even Al The rev. Green was lip sinking on Soul Train, Sly was doing it live baby. He really had charisma, man.

Posted by Jader | October 21, 2014 5:20 PM

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