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Bootsy Collins: 1993 Band Rehearsal
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Bootsy Collins: 1993 Band Rehearsal

Here’s a great clip recorded during a 1993 rehearsal with Bootsy Collins and his band. It is cool to see Bootsy directing the group and playing his funky lines. Check out his reaction around the 4:05 mark to Bernie Worrell’s epic clavinet run.

Bootsy Collins Announces Retirement from Live Bass Playing
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Bootsy Collins Announces Retirement from Live Bass Playing

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 shared that he will no longer be playing the bass live due to health issues.

James Brown (Featuring Bootsy Collins): Live on Italian TV, 1971
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James Brown (Featuring Bootsy Collins): Live on Italian TV, 1971

This one should get you moving! Check out the 18-year-old Bootsy Collins backing up James Brown and the Original JB’s for a performance on Italian television in 1971. Funky!

Bootsy Collins Releases “World Wide Funk”
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Bootsy Collins Releases “World Wide Funk”

Funk master Bootsy Collins has returned with World Wide Funk, a star-studded album with guest artists ranging from Chuck D. to Dennis Chambers to Buckethead. It’s the former James Brown bassist’s first album in six years. Like any good funk album, World Wide Funk has some killer bass thanks to Collins himself as well as guests Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke,...

Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon
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Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

Bassists will be getting their due in a new documentary called Beneath The Bassline. Directed by Nick Wells, the film features loads of interview time with some of the greatest bass players in the world. Wells traveled to Fodera Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, and Aguilar Amplification in New York to get the scoop on gear and meet up with bassists Will...

Bootsy Collins Announces New Album
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Bootsy Collins Announces New Album

Funkateers rejoice! Bootsy Collins has announced he will be releasing a new album this October entitled World Wide Funk. The star-studded record will be his first release in six years. “The whole concept was not only about playing music or being current on this album, but about teaching people how to funk for themselves so they can bring some funk...

Bootsy Collins Shares Health Update
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Bootsy Collins Shares Health Update

Last week, we reported on funk legend Bootsy Collins being forced to cancel his upcoming tour dates due to a medical emergency. Collins has now had surgery to remove a tumor that was in his ear and took to Facebook to update his fans. “Ahh, Funkateers! We made it out of surgery by the Grace of the “One,'” he wrote....

Bootsy Collins Cancels Tour Dates
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Bootsy Collins Cancels Tour Dates

Funk bass legend Bootsy Collins has canceled all of his current tour dates after being diagnosed with a tumor behind his ear. The bassist will undergo surgery very soon with the doctor recommending canceling his performances. Collins announced the news on his Facebook page with a positive attitude. “Yep Funkateers! I found out last week that I had to get...

Parliament-Funkadelic: Flashlight (Live)
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Parliament-Funkadelic: Flashlight (Live)

A few days ago, Parliament-Funkadelic took the stage on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform their 1978 hit “Flashlight.” Alissia Benveniste laid down the groove on bass, while Bootsy Collins backed up the band on drums. Bootsy played drums on the original track, thanks to the fact that Bernie Worrell played the bass line on three connected Minimoog...

“JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available
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“JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

JACO: The Film, has finally arrived. The Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo-produced film about groundbreaking electric bassist Jaco Pastorius is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film can be downloaded on iTunes on Dec. 1. The soundtrack is available, too. Jaco’s influence on bass playing cannot be overstated. His work with Weather Report, solo, and as a sideman — most...

Bill Laswell Record is a Bass Extravaganza
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Bill Laswell Record is a Bass Extravaganza

The latest release from experimental composer/bassist/producer Bill Laswell is absolutely all about the bass. The seven-track piece, Bass Culture, features not only Laswell, but a divers group of bassists including funk icon Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band), Robbie Shakespeare (one half of reggae legends Sly & Robbie), Jah Wobble (P.I.L.) and Gabe Katz (noise rockers Blind Idiot...

Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley: Let Him Out
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Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley: Let Him Out

We’re celebrating funk bass legend Bootsy Collins’ birthday today. Here’s a great clip of Collins laying down the groove with fellow James Brown band alumni Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley on Letterman in 1990. Happy birthday, Bootsy!