Clinton is supporting RHCP on their Australian tour with his collective The Parliament Funkadelic, and joined the headliners on stage to perform ‘Give It Away’ at Syndey Qudos Bank Arena. Fan-filmed footage of the duet can be seen below.
The funk innovator is on his farewell tour, having announced his retirement last November at the age of 77.
Clinton produced Red Hot Chili Peppers’ second album ‘Freaky Styley’ in 1985. He also guested on a performance of ‘Higher Ground’ in 2012.
Red Hot Chili Peppers began their Australian tour on Sunday, which transfers to New Zealand until March 9. They then play a one-off show at the Great Pyramids Of Giza in Egypt on March 15. Their only other confirmed shows this year are at the festivals Summer Sonic in Japan and Rock In Rio.
The opening night of the tour in Tasmania saw Flea entertain the crowd with some handstands, after the power failed for 15 minutes immediately after opening song ‘Can’t Stop’.
Earlier this month, RHCP were joined on stage at the Grammys by Post Malone, where they played ‘Dark Necessities’ and Post’s songs ‘Stay’ and ‘Rockstar’.
Last May, Clinton’s band Parliament released new album ‘Medicaid Fraud Dogg’, their first album since 1980’s ‘Trombipulation’. He also founded Funkadelic, whose 1970 album ‘Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow’ has been cited as an influence by many musicians, including Prince. Clinton’s psychedelic style became known as P-Funk.
There have as yet been no UK dates announced for The Parliament Funkadelic, who perform music by both of Clinton’s most established bands.