George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic, along with past members Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell, dropped by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (Monday) to perform the group’s 1978 hit “Flash Light” ahead of right before an all-star New York “funkraiser” for Worrell that night. Jon Batiste and the Late Show also sat in on the performance of the party-starting classic.
If you’re wondering why they were holding this fundraiser for Worrell, it is because he’s battling a “mild form” of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. In order to help Worrell with medical bills and his spirit in general, friends and fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – including Talking Heads bandmate Jerry Harrison, Questlove, Living Colour, the B-52’s’ Fred Schneider, Meryl Streep and many more – planned the “All the WOO in the World: An All-Star Celebration of Bernie Worrell” at New York’s Webster Hall last night. Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid told Rolling Stone:
“This year has been tough — we’ve lost so many great musicians. Bernie is facing a serious situation, but he’s determined to make art, to play it out. This will be a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate a person while they’re still here with us.”
Worrell was able to finish work on his new album Introspectives, thanks to fan support as well as donated money from the platform IndieGoGo. Check out the performance in full below: