Pack your bags. We’re headed to the Rockpalast Festival on the Loreley in Goarshausen, Germany. The date is August 17, 1985, and we’re going to see George Clinton and Funkadelic.
Ever see a band with 22 people on stage? This is your chance.
Five guitarists. A horn section. Percussion. Singers.
Clinton was on a comeback after a few lost years and fights with band members over money. This show (NSFW) is relatively early in the climb back, and not all of the old members have re-joined. Nonetheless, an extremely impressive ensemble of key personnel make this a very worthwhile and notable show. If anything, it has a bit more energy than some later tours that follow a similar format.
George Clinton leads them through a great selection of songs - Cosmic Slop, One Nation, Knee Deep, Maggot Brain, Atomic Dog, and more. All nice and long, uncut funk.
You’ve got the entire, full Funkadelic guitar line-up, for example, with Michael Hampton, Blackbird McKnight, Gary Shider (in diapers), Cordell Mosson, and Eddie Hazel. Maceo Parker is playing sax. Dennis Chambers on drums. A 27 year old Thomas Dolby can be seen playing keyboards.
If that isn’t enough, the finale features the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Untouchables, and Killing Joke in a 17 minute jam.
Special bonus (NSFW) show: The Red Hot Chili Peppers were new, funky, produced by George Clinton, and the opening act for the P-Funk show above. Catch their performance here (including their finale wearing just socks on their...well...): http://youtu.be/a_nKKGn00v8
It is supposedly their first show out of the US, and includes Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak and Cliff Martinez on stage.