|Bringing in 2001:
the day after i flew back to l.a. from ohio, i flew to oakland to bring in the new year with the p-funk allstars. at the van nuys flyaway i ran into a member of funkadelic (earlier that year he told me “when i see you there , i know its gonna be alright”) and we chilled with the t’bone player for big bad voodoo daddy who was going to vegas for a show. when we got to the airport we
|ran into more funkadlelics on the plane with me was frankie (drummer), blackbyrd (guitar), greg (horn) and billy (bass). i get to the hotel and meet carlos (sir nose) and others. the show was good and my vibe was on fool (lol).in my hotel after the show i ran into trey lewd (george clinton’s son). checking out of the hotel the next day i personally gave props to gary (lead), lige (bass), baby payne, razor sharp (keyboard), and i saw clip.|
|it was very cooooool to start the year off by being close to the people who started and are a deep part of something that is a big part of my life. i had no idea i would see them like this so when “coincidences” like this happen its lets me know im on the right path….p-funk tour feb 2001
im writing this almost a month later. i had such a good time that i was too stimulated to record and write down stuff while it was happening, so here is what i can remember… it started riding to san diego on 2-21. got to the city early so i could hit a few museums; museum of man- which was really good and the museum of photographic arts. both are in balboa park which is like a spanish styled museum compound. i danced on the ride down, in the museums and even while i had a sushi lunch between museums.
i left there feeling good and go to the place where the show is gonna be, i walk right in as if i belong and peep the place. i run into a dude who had on a long sleeve black shirt that had “p-funk” and the numeral one ont he back. he said trey lewd gave it to him. im there too early so i go find get a motel 6 room and dance and chill gabbin with the cute young hispanic girls at the desk. get back to the show and my vibe is on fool!! im dancing constantly now. walking across street, in front of the place, at atm teller. most of the folx just look and i just keep dancing to funky music being played by the local radio staion truck. run into gruverboy who is too young to get in and i cop him a p-funk bandana. ran into talley nephew and we grooved for about a hour before the show. i danced into the place to a spot in the wide open middle and kept dancing dead on beat. jesters hat and pfunk1 jersey for all to see-show was good. clip sang the opening funkadelic songs on the floor leaning on the stage and the band was tight. except for mike hampton who was either messed up or pissed off. my vibe was on and it seemed every funkadelic who came out to sing, sang to me. directly to me. at one point
i saw a guy turn around and look at me to see who everyone was singing to. met carlos mccurray and he said the music that played pre-show was his and it was funky. ran into lamar and kareem also before show and we decided to hook-up and ride to vegas after the LA show tomorrow…
LA show was a mess. most of the funkdelics seemed too messed up to perform. george took the stage first, no warm up and no entrance during cosmic slop. balckbyrd came in late with guitar in case with george on stage trying to get things started. nobody sang that nite. mike h was so messed up or pissed he didnt play cosmic slop, blackbyrd played it off to the side. lydia started to play maggot brain and it was bad. gary did no singing. there were at least 2 points in the show where it literally almost fell apart. where there was no one on stge to lead or determine direction. no vocal leadership. it was bad and i had never seen them like this before. it was so bad i thought about skipping vegas. but i didnt.
kareem and lamar hit my crib and we was off to sin city. groovin listening to weapon of choice we gets there and go right to the show. im there 10 minutes when a guy sees my house of blues wrist-pass and says i can go upstairs vip. im up there 5 minutes when i meet these sistas and they go screaming “jeffery jeffery.” i felt good and i knew i felt good. i was on. the vegas show was much better than the LA show yesterday, mike h looked like a kid who had gotten in trouble and he played well.
during the show lamar and them met a guy called brian and he came back to the hotel with us and we ordered 3am hotel delivered pizza. he was cool and so many things he said were reveleant to me that it was scary. right down to the fact he mentioned the earth magnetic poles reversing at one time- i had just been researching that. anyways i tagged him “the drifter” and he came back to our room the next day and follwed us to anaheim for that show.
by this time i was on. i vibe energy was as high as its ever been. people from all over were coming up to me and saying hi. seemed like everybody was there, all my buddies and i got the room’s vibe up high. music was good and everybody was dancing. we was partying and i started the chant: lets get, this mothafocka started” (it was tight too!!!) all kinds of girls and positive vibe. everybody knew me. everybody could feel my positive vibe.
overton giving me first poster megan showed up looking really really good. hugged and kissed her. george started doing the dance (swim type groove) i was doing by bar flying from balcony during end of knee deep giving blackbyrd pictures i printed ate at mad greek on way home kareem pulled out sade promise cd and then we saw funkadelic bus snuck into sound check in anaheim
so many good things happened. we had a really really good time.
Bringing in a P-Funky 2001
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