The P-Funk Earth Tour was a series of concert
s performed by Parliament-Funkadelic in the mid-1970s, featuring absurd costumes, lavish staging and special effects, and music from both the Parliament (band), Parliament and Funkadelic repertoires.
The P-Funk Earth Tour was ambitious from the start. Casablanca Records executive Neil Bogart gave George Clinton (funk musician), George Clinton a $275,000 budget for production, the largest amount ever allocated for a Black music act to tour.
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Clinton hired Jules Fischer as set designer, who had previously worked on tours for The Rolling Stones, Kiss (band), KISS, and other rock bands.
[ p. 90.] Both the show's music and production elements were extensively rehearsed at an aircraft hangar in Newburgh, New York. [ The show required seven trucks to transport its equipment and scenery.] [ With a broad range of themes embodied in the show's production, culminating in the Afrofuturism, Afrofuturist landing of the P-Funk Mothership, author Rickey Vincent states that the P-Funk Earth Tour "drew from the ribald, uncensored entirety of the Black tradition in mind-blowing ways no one had yet even attempted."] [ ''Rolling Stone'' viewed the tour as embracing Clinton's "semiserious funk mythology" with "[a] mixture of tribal funk, elaborate stage props and the relentless assault on personal inhibition [that] resembled nothing so much as a Space Age Mardi Gras." ''The New York Times'' described the tour as featuring "superbly silly, lavish costumes" and an "opulent Baroque ... stage show".]
The tour began in October 1976 in New Orleans. [
The 1977 live album ''Live: P-Funk Earth Tour'' was recorded at two early 1977 concerts, January 19 at the Los Angeles Forum and January 21 at the Oakland Coliseum.] [
The tour drew to a close in mid-1977; its expenses were as high as its innovation level and it was losing money steadily;] [ pp. 380–381.] indeed one tour assistant's job was "to tell the musicians why they weren't getting paid." [ Nevertheless, the tour served as valuable publicity and marketing for "the P-Funk brand",] [ making reference to the greater Parliament-Funkadelic-Clinton enterprise of acts, records, side projects, spin-offs, and so forth.
P-Funk Tour List
P-Funk, Earth Tour
1977 concert tours