Reclusive icon Sly Stone (real name: Sylvester Stewart) may re-join the The Family Stone to perform at the 2006 Grammy Awards, reports the Washington Post.
This will mark the first time since bassist Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico left the band in 1971 that the original lineup of the band – the lineup responsible for all the band’s biggest hits like “Dance To The Music,” “Everyday People” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – will perform together.
Stewart has been notoriously reclusive, with rumors of his death surfacing nearly as often as rumors of his insanity. On February 8, we will find out if he can still bring the goods. Considering that at the height of his powers he was as well known for skipping shows as he was for his music, I consider it a fifty-fifty proposition.
Knowing the idiosyncratic voting tendencies (and short memories) of the Recording Academy, if they show up Sly and the Family Stone will be a virtual lock for Best New Artist.
Recent blogcritics news on Sly and the Family Stone:
On January 20, I reviewed the new Sly and the Family Stone tribute compilation, Different Strokes by Different Folks.
On December 3, blogcritic El Bicho reviewed the DVD The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons, which includes a notorious performance and interview by Sylvester Stewart.