CINCINNATI (CelebrityAccess) — Funk legend Bootsy Collins announced that due to health reasons, he was retiring from his career as a professional touring musician.
In a post to his Facebook page, Collins wrote: “Time has come for Me to tell all our Funkateers that I will Not be Playing Bass in Concerts anymore. ”
Collins, who is 67, noted that he’s not hanging up the bass entirely, and plans to continue to record in the studio, as well as serving as a mentor for developing artists.
“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 to 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 to will understand. Just remember; That This Year will be the Funkiest Year of them All. Watch for it,” Collins wrote.
Collins made a name for himself as a funk bassist, first with the legendary James Brown and then as a member of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic and jis signature driving bass style, along with his humorous vocals and iconic star-spangled glasses, have made him one of the most recognizable figures in the world of funk music.
He also formed his own combos to back his solo efforts, billed variously as Sweat Band and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Hits include “Mug Push” (1980) and “Body Slam” (1982.)