- 15 May 17
Ahead of his return to Ireland, funk legend George Clinton talks about his friendships with Prince and Kendrick Lamar, why the Trump presidency is on borrowed time and what Obama did right.
George Clinton has spent the past year working through the many stages of grief. He was devestated when Prince, his friend and protege, passed away unexpectedly in April 2016. But time has brought closure and several weeks ago he made a symbolic pilgrimage to the late icon’s Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis.
“I couldn’t deal with it when it first happened,” says Clinton, 75 year-old once and future godfather of funk-pop. “So it was good to go up there and perform. It felt important. I did a concert with [Prince drummer and vocalist] Sheila E. It was fantastic.”
He first crossed paths with Prince in the mid ’70s and was struck by the younger man’s savant-like talents. “You could tell he could play – that he was going to do the business. His whole crew came from our band when he started out. They all worked with us before working with Prince. We used to take his records to all the DJs – so that they would know about this new talent. If you support the up-and-coming artist at the start, later it works to your benefit.”