Posted: Dec 12, 2007 2:02 am
I thought this man's voice would suffer from the abuse his
body has taken due to his past drug use and aging; apparently, the
damage has been minimal.
Then, the first letdown of the night. Sly VERY AWKWARDLY gave his
stock line, "I'm old, I have to go pee," which is a variation of
reasons he has given the audiences of his 2007 comeback shows for
leaving the stage at times.
I expected Sly to leave the stage during the show; in fact, I
expected it much sooner than it happened, which was certainly a good
omen. However, Sly mumbled the words so much that most of the
audience did not understand what he said (and I only understood
because I had heard him say these things so many times), and although
the energy was greatly diminished, the band, with the drummer now
fired up and playing explosively, ended the song on a pretty good
Still, there is only one word for Sly leaving the stage when he did:
Whatever you want to say about Sylvester Stewart circa 2007 as a
human being or as a performer, he is clearly able to sing, to play
the keyboards, and is clearly competent and sometimes charming when
it comes to audience participation. I hope he isn't currently still
on drugs, but a more pessimistic observer wouldn't be blamed for
expecting the worst, given the nature of these things. But this is
essentially immaterial: if Sly is, hypothetically, doing drugs (which
I don't believe), he can at least wait 2 minutes until a god-damned
song is over to leave the stage for a few numbers and snort some
cocaine or whatever.
If, as he says, he needed to urinate, he must be very incontinent for
someone in their mid-sixties. I don't believe that he needed to pee.
I believe that Sly Stone has some mental problem that causes him to
sabotage himself, and, in this case, sabotage a show that could have
made believers out of a large number of people in the audience who
would end up walking out unmoved.