Bootsy Collins is one of the more colorful personalities in the history of funk. Collins is known for his star-shaped sunglasses (and bass) and glittery stage outfits, in addition to playing in bands like Parliament-Funkadelic and alongside George Clinton. Some fans, however, may not know that Bootsy and his brother, Phelps “Catfish” Collins, were once hired by James Brown to be his new backing back beginning in 1970. The professional relationship lasted for less than a year, although part of Collins’ departure was more about the wonders of psychedelic drugs than the actual music itself.In a 2017 interview with British publication The Guardian, Collins explained that LSD, the same driving force behind some of the early evolution of the Grateful Dead, caused some friction between the funk bassist and the “Godfather of Soul.”“LSD was a big part of why I left James Brown’s band,” Collins admits. “I promised myself I’d never do it during a show, but we had a father-son relationship, and he pestered me so much not to do it that one day I just did. My bass turned into a snake and I can’t even remember playing. After, he called me in the back room, as he always did, and was explaining how terrible I was – even when I wasn’t taking LSD. I laughed so hard I was on the floor. To him, that was very disrespectful. He had his bodyguard throw me out.”Related: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Join Red Hot Chili Peppers In BrisbaneCollins also went on to share some of the wild stories from his years in Parliament-Funkadelic, adding, “My time in Funkadelic was about creativity. I was 21 and there were no rules. The best time was when we crossed the border to Canada in cars filled with smoke – George [Clinton] had rented a big place on a lake and there were about 20 of us and we recorded ‘America Eats Its Young.’”[H/T – The Guardian]
“He ran a cracker on the day,” said Mullins. “To be beaten half a length and a head for second in a Galway Plate was a great effort. “He looked to be coming back to himself when he ran in the Irish Grand National and he showed that again at Galway. “I think we’ll probably aim towards the Kerry National now and hopefully he stays in the same form. “I think there might be one more big pot in him.” Press Association Alderwood’s focus is likely to be shifted towards the Guinness Kerry National in September after his fine run in the Galway Plate. Tom Mullins’ dual Cheltenham Festival winner turned in a typically stout display to take fourth spot in the Ballybrit feature. Alderwood occupied the same position in the Kerry National 12 months ago and is again likely to head to Listowel.