"Can you really argue with an unbelievable looking mohawk
and a silver jacket?"
-Adam Levine, Maroon 5
Sly Stone, the J.D. Salinger of funk, was drawn out of seclusion by
a Grammys tribute.
Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the reclusive pioneer of a hugely influential
soul-rock-funk fusion made his first major public appearance since Jan. 12, 1993,
when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sporting a giant blond Mohawk, dark shades and a silver,
purple-lined robe, Stone took the stage after a five-song
medley tribute that included John Legend, Joss Stone,
Maroon 5, Will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas and
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Stone played "I Want to Take You Higher" behind a set of
keyboards with his old band, the Family Stone, appearing
uncertain and unaccustomed to the bright lights of the big event.
He kept his head bowed, declining to address the audience or
acknowledge the occasion.
He departed after just a few verses — leaving befuddlement in his wake.
Perhaps Dave Chappelle, who introduced Stone, had an inkling of the
task facing the legend.
"The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back,"
said Chappelle, who famously abandoned his hit Comedy Central show.
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