We love Sly Stone

Speaking of recluses, Sly Stone may appear at the Grammys, making his first public appearance since his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. The Grammy folks like their opening-act surprises (remember the Prince and Beyonce duet, or the acoustic Simon and Garfunkel reunion a couple years back?), so it’s no wonder that they won’t confirm or deny reports that Sly (who’s subject of a tribute album, Different Strokes for Different Folks, to be released in stores on Feb. 7, the day before the awards show) will appear in an opening number with John Legend, Maroon 5, Joss Stone, and others.

It would certainly be worthwhile for the Grammys to pay homage to Stone, who first brought rock and funk together long before the Black Eyed Peas, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, and so on and so on and scooby dooby doo. (Sorry, can’t help but lose yourself in a jam when thinking about the hitmaker behind ”Everyday People” and ”Dance to the Music.”) Come back, Sly, and take us higher.


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  • James

    Sweet. This must happen! I love Sly Stone (and the family) and he would be the only reason for me to watch the Grammys.

  • POP

    one o the greatests muscians and song writers ever!

  • Ep Sato

    My dyslexia had me thinking at first ya’ll were talking about Sly Stallone. I am SOOO glad to see that was a misread.
    Sly is going to be SWEET! That intro has the potential to be a total roof burner.
    To my main man Gary Susman, the Sly reference got funkrock anthems running through my mind something fierce! The solution is to put together a playlist of all my fave funk/rock tunes from the 60’s/70’s (darn you and your good taste, SUSMAN!).
    So far I have got War (Spill the Wine is my favorite song of all time), Stevie Wonder (Reggae Woman, the Duke), and of course, the Mf’in Ohio Players (Funky Worm,Love rollercoaster). Who else am I forgetting? Maybe Earth, Wind, Fire?

  • Allison

    Can’t wait to see Sly as I hope this actually happens. Long live funk!

  • Johnny D.

    Hi. Not to be a press pest but Sly Stone did appear on an awards show (I believe it the VMAs) in 2004 to promote the now knocked-out “The Contender.” Does that count as a public appearance?

  • James

    Hey Ep Sato. Don’t forget Parliament/Funkadelic! They, along with Sly Stone, perfected the funk rock thing. Almost any of their albums should do for your list.

  • maria

    Can i be honest and also say for that for a brief moment i thought this was about Sylvester Stallone.
    Good thing i wasn’t alone on it.

  • Ep Sato

    Oh yeah, thanks for the “flashlight” reminder! How could I ever forget my atomic dogs?

  • David

    The same mysterious BS,anyone wonder why it’s a day before the Grammys and we havn’t seen a recent picture of the 61 year old Stone?

  • marcel

    I was great to see Sly but i felt sad because i don’t think that he’s physically well.

  • notsaved

    Sly was brilliant!

  • MojoDesanto

    We were so excited to see Sly, but what a sheer disappointment. Does anyone know why he chose not to sing or why he walked off the stage?

  • Laura

    It was so good to see Sly again. I have heard that he had health issues, but don’t all of us from that era. I hope he is doing well and able to tour or record again and grace us with some of the music that we love to hear.

  • rjammin

    Funk Rock never sounded so good.Prince eat your heart out,there’s only one Sly baby.

  • DuaneLance

    Sly showed at the Grammys – it was at least a start! I saw him sitting up top at the Knitting Factory when Vet’s Phunk Family Affair played there in the summer – and he looked fine..so I really don’t think there is anything physically wrong with him..remember, he rode a motorcycle to that event!
    I also got a chance to talk to Jon Dakks who for a time had a great website on Sly. he said he has heard some of Sly’s new music and was blown away! I asked him what it sounded like – and he said think of “On the Corner” by Miles Davis – sort of a fusion funk/rock. Sly’s PhattaDatta website claims he cut his Grammy appearance short because he is tired of playing his old music – and wants to play his new. So I ain’t mad at him – JUST BRING THE NEW FUNK TO THE NEW PARTY! Sly lives……..

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