It was the summer of 1989 and Metro was abuzz! Owner Joe Shanahan had booked an artist on his fantasy shortlist, a secret list he carried in his head of artists he considered to be the roots of American and British rock & roll, people he had only dreamed of one day bringing to play on the stage at Metro. That day was here, and as August 19, 1989 approached, everyone made preparations to welcome George Clinton to the club, just two weeks after the release of his album The Cinderella Theory.
Chicago Tribune writer Chris Heim interviewed George in an article published the day before his show at Metro -
“Listening to Clinton rap along at a mile a minute, tossing out jokes, stories, puns and bold critiques of everything from the current state of black radio and music to what he sees as a hypocritical and largely ineffectual war on drugs, it`s quickly apparent that if he is showing his years, the rest of us must be positively ancient by comparison. And the flurry of activity the good Doctor Funkenstein has currently undertaken would quickly exhaust anyone half his age.”
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