I've managed to turn what was a fairly productive day into an evening of procrastination.
First, my girlfriend gave me the Sly and the Family Stone boxed set for Christmas. So I've been happily digesting that for the last two weeks.
Then earlier this evening, I was forwarded this article from Vanity Fair. It's a well written article with a little bit of history, a bit of a recent interview with the man himself, and hope for a full blow return in the not too distant future.
While his Grammy appearance a few years ago was less than stellar, it was nonetheless incredible that he came out of seclusion. I then heard over the summer that he was doing some limited dates in Europe with a reformed Family Stone (although not the full blown original lineup). Via the Vanity Fair article, I learned that the Europe one-offs were preceded by a show in Vegas on 7-7-07 - the same day as Prince's return First Ave. What a day for funk!
You can check out footage from the Vegas and Europe shows on You Tube (the Europe shows are pro shot). Verdict: Surprisingly good! Not 100% spot on, but far better than I would have expected. I keep saying that I'm not going to any more of these arena reunion shows, but somehow I keep doing it. Anyhow, I wouldn't even question seeing a reunited Family Stone, particularly if we're talking original lineup.
I was intrigued by the article's mention of a Dick Cavett appearance, which I've found:
Entertaining for a bit, but ultimately depressing, not unlike that James Brown news interview from a few years ago. But an interesting piece of history nonetheless, and of course, Cavett handles it all perfectly.
To clear the air, here's a nice little version of one of my favorites, "If You Want Me to Stay" :