February 13, 2006


Getting Sly Stone onstage ain't easy (DAVE HOEKSTRA, February 13, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

Sly Stone's disjointed Grammy performance last week was another knot in his weird family tree. But longtime Chicagoans are familiar with Sylvester Stewart's escapades. Around here, he's most famous for his failure to appear at a July 1970 concert in Grant Park.

It was not a family affair.

Even though opening act Fat Water appeared, Sly & the Family Stone fans rioted when the headliners were nowhere to be found. More than 90 people were hurt and 148 fans were arrested. The Chicago Park District-sponsored gig was Stone's third consecutive no-show in Chicago. [...]

Ken Ehrlich, longtime executive producer of the Grammy telecast, was living in Chicago in the summer of 1970 and remembers the riots. For the last several years, he has been working with Stone's longtime manager, trying to get the elusive Stone booked at the Grammys. Stone's last major public appearance was in 1993 during his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wednesday night, Stone finally appeared on the Grammys: He muttered a couple of verses -- and then left.

But at least he got there.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 13, 2006 8:59 AM
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