Cincinnati Funk Legend Bootsy Collins Announces He Will No Longer Play Bass In Concert

In a social media post, the legendary musician said he will continue to record and "coach" younger artists

Cincinnati native and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins announced on his Facebook page on Jan. 2 that he would no longer be "playing bass on stage."

In the post, Collins — known for his pioneering work with co-architects of Funk like James Brown and George Clinton — said his doctor told him that playing bass guitar live put too much pressure on his inner ear and right hand. He said that he will "continue to funk from the studio" and that he has "decided to become a coach for up and coming musicians." The announcement seems to allow for some wiggle room — Collins makes a point of saying he won't play bass (certainly the biggest part of what he is known for) on stage anymore, but never says he's completely retired from live performances.

Fellow Cincinnati Funk bassist Freekbass commented on the post to show support of his mentor.

"Your Funk, spirit, and constant inspiration have given myself and millions of folks from Planet Earth and beyond all of the tools to continue to spread the gospel of the groove and love to every universe out there," the artist wrote. "Love you Boot, and can’t wait to see your next phase of your evolution! I wouldn’t be where I am today without you!"

Read Collins' full post below:

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