Bootsy Collins Announces Retirement from Live Bass Playing
Funk superstar William “Bootsy” Collins has been funking on stage for 50 years, but now his days of performing on bass seem to be over. The former Parliament-Funkadelic bassist posted on his Facebook page that he will no longer be playing the bass live due to health issues.
“Time has come for Me to tell all our Funkateers that I will Not be Playing Bass in Concerts anymore,” he wrote. “I have decided to become a Coach for up & coming Musicians. I know u r Disappointed just think for a moment how I feel. Doc said too much pressure on my Inner-Ear & Right Hand. Yeah, I had to make up my Mind so I did. 2019 Sheriff Ping Ping Ping will continue to Funk from the Studio but Not Live playing Bass on Stage. I know u got question & I don’t have answers, maybe one day u too will understand. Just remember; That This Year will be the Funkiest Year of them All. Watch for it. Bootsy baby!!!”
Collins formed The Pacemakers with his brother Catfish in 1968. The band was picked up to be James Brown’s backing group in 1970, and he subsequently played on the hits “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing.” He moved on to work with George Clinton in Parliament and Funkadelic in 1972, eventually creating his own group, Bootsy’s Rubber Band. His latest album, World Wide Funk, was released in 2017 with a slew of guest artists.