Sly and the Family Stone to play the Grammys?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by kegbarnacle, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. kegbarnacle


    Nov 18, 2003
    That's what it says here. The original line up not seen since '71.

    You know who on bass.

    I'll break the bank to buy tickets if that show spawns a tour.

    I'm pretty sure that link will require everyone to create a log in for the Washington Post, so here is the article.

    Sly Stone's Surprise

    Reclusive Musician May Emerge to Perform At Grammy Awards

    By J. Freedom du Lac
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, January 27, 2006; Page C01

    Sly Stone, the reclusive, long-vanished funk-rock pioneer whose potent recordings in the late 1960s and early '70s defined the era and altered the course of popular music, may be about to strut back into the public eye.
    According to several friends and associates, discussions are well underway about a Sly and the Family Stone reunion performance at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

    [​IMG]The troubled and brilliant Sly Stone, here in a 1974 television appearance, has been a recluse for decades. (By Fotos International, Nbc Television Via Getty Images)

    It would be Stone's first live performance since 1987, and his first major public appearance since Jan. 12, 1993, when Sly and the Family Stone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It would also mark the first time since 1971 that the band has played in its original configuration. (Drummer Greg Errico quit the group that year and was soon followed by bass player Larry Graham.)
    As songwriter, producer, bandleader and singer, Stone dazzled the world of pop music more than 35 years ago with a string of superlative anthems -- timeless songs, including "Dance to the Music," "I Want to Take You Higher," "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Family Affair" and "Everyday People" (whose lyric "Different strokes for different folks" became a slogan for the Woodstock generation). By the early '70s, though, he had developed an all-consuming cocaine addiction, and he soon faded from the spotlight. Speculation on the whereabouts and condition of Sly Stone has been a pop pastime for decades.
    Ron Roecker, a spokesman for the Recording Academy, wouldn't confirm that the reunion is on the Grammy-night schedule, which already includes an all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone. The tribute -- featuring John Legend, Maroon 5, of the Black Eyed Peas and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, among others, performing a medley of Sly classics -- was announced yesterday by the academy. (All the artists appear on a Sly and the Family Stone tribute album that will be released the day before the Grammys.)
    "The facts are what we put in the press release," Roecker said. "As far as anything else, it's all just rumor. But we do believe that he is attending the Grammy Awards."
    He added: "It seems like the right time for him. We're thrilled that we'll be able to do this."
    Stone's manager, Jerry Goldstein, could not be reached for comment.
    Nor could Stone himself -- no surprise, given that he stopped speaking to the media in about 1987.
    But sources close to the band said rehearsals are scheduled to begin next week in Santa Monica, Calif. They cautioned, however, that the reunion could implode at any point, given Stone's long history of erratic behavior.
    Still, that there's talk at all about a Sly Stone coming-out party is a surprise.
    "He's been in seclusion for so long, he's like J.D. Salinger," said Greg Zola, who is producing and directing "On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone," a documentary about the elusive musician and his band mates. "He was so famous for a period of time, but he's just not around anymore. A lot of people who you'd think are in the know actually think Sly Stone is dead."
  2. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    That'd certainly be interesting to see. But, given Sly's history, February 8th is sooooooo far away...who knows what will happen before then, or even that night? I hope I can talk about having seen it on February 9th (of course, that means suffering through the Grammys:rolleyes:), but I'm not going to hold my breath.
  3. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    That's cool...

    Were doing "thank you (ferlettinme be mice elf agin)"

    I'd sure like to see THEM do that jam.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Then check out the Dick Cavett DVD set called Rock Icons, IIRC.
    Sly & TFS get to do that one number(although it's possible they were playing to a track; still, it hadda be cool seeing them during their hey day on National TV).
  5. I seen them do the R&R hall of fame show in 87 when it aired. Definitely a funk'n good show. IIRC, They did a melody starting with "Thank You" and ending with "I Want to Take You Higher"

    I still may have it on VHS, if it's still audible that is.
  6. II wonder what they would play

    "Thank You (Falettinmebemicelfagin)" "Family Affair" and "If You want me to stay" are favorites of Mine...