Funk icon George Clinton has announced that he is set to retire from touring.
Parliament and Funkadelic bandleader Clinton, 76, has told Billboard that he will stop performing live from May 2019.
Parliament-Funkadelic have over 50 tour dates scheduled and Clinton is expected to appear at the shows.
“This has been coming a long time,” he says of the news. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”
“Truth be told, it’s never really been about me. It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”
The report states that Clinton recently underwent pacemaker surgery, but he says that this hasn’t affected his decision.
In 2016, Clinton spoke about working with Kendrick Lamar, saying: “The conversations we had reminded me of myself in ’68 and ’69, he had that same kind of enthusiasm about social issues and the world. You know, him being that young and talking like that—it was surprising, he captured my mind right away.”
Clinton also compared Lamar to Sly Stone of Sly and The Family Stone “in the way he’s poetic and political but also very inclusive of everybody in the mainstream.”