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Comment by #1biminiroad on June 21, 2010 at 11:03am
March 2003 Mob rolled into Atlanta, Earthink Live. Mardi Gras theme.
Band started warming up over a Bootsy Stretchin' Out lick. You know Garry, always talking to the sound man about the mix.
Well he grabbed his guitar, looked like a Gibson to me. He hit this damm chord man. I mean just strummed it one time. His guitar was way over all the other instruments on the stage and that chyt just filled the whole hall. The sound he got was indescribile. It was just divine. That one lick man.

He grabs the mic, looks over at Lige and they both start smiling. Garry says to him 'gonna be a good night tonight'. I will never forget that one and so many others, thanks Starchild for the soundtrack to my life, RIP.
Comment by david c-one on June 19, 2010 at 7:37pm
Names mean nothing.It wasn't that I didn't know who he was by his name.
It was the warmth of his face that of an angel. When Gary spoke and embraced you as a person.
Everytime I talked and seen him his smile made you feel a part of the FUNK
Comment by Funky Kev on June 17, 2010 at 7:23pm
One of my heroes is gone.
I'm at a loss for words.
R.I.P. Garry
Comment by OSMOSIS on June 17, 2010 at 7:10pm
To be honest, I have quite a few. But the main ones I truly come back to are: 1)The first time I saw P-Funk ever (Feb. 2, 1979, Capitol Centre, Landover, MD.--The Motor-Booty Affair tour!!) when he and Junie Morrison sat on the edge of the stage singing "Into You" to all the girls in the front row, setting the first half of the Capitol Centre OFF (I mean, those happy girls were LOUD--and I was in the balcony!).
2) The second time was on New Years Eve Night/Day, December 31, 1994/January 1, 1995 at DAR Constitution Hall. It was just as the clock struck 12 and George had the P-Funk Horns hit "The New Year's Theme"---and every newbie started to get up and LEAVE!! Gary had the band stop the music and (playfully) gave these "youngsters" the 3rd Degree, while we "old heads"--who KNEW that P-Funk ONLY gets WARMED UP by Midnight--laughed at those humiliated hipsters (about 37% of whom are NOW P-Funk Faithful).
And 3) Just only 6 weeks prior to this post, when P-Funk made it's annual stop at The 9:30 Club in DC. Usually, when Funkadelic is onstage rehearsing before the show, the 9:30 staff would have those of us in line to hold on for a few until they finish, before we're allowed in. NOT THIS TIME. Gary had Seth open the gates and allowed us a treat: The Final Minutes of a Funkadelic-In-Street-Clothes-Rehearsal. It was only Funkadelic--no George or vocalists, just the band--but Gary was holding court (it was "ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE" they were hitting). Its the way Gary said, "Alright, ya'll--that's a WRAP!" which set me up for life. Funkadelic closed out right on the beat, high-fiving one another---LIKE A BE-BOP JAZZ BAND!! I felt like saying--and did to a dude standing next to me--"Backstage at the Funkadelic Reheasal"! Mike Payne heard that and we exchanged P-Funk signs! I was like that.
THOSE are what made me remember Gary Shider as the great man he will always be. A showman, a decent person, a great talent scout (he and George not only recruited Gene Anderson--a legend in his own right--but also Mary Griffith, who made her DC (and National Tour) debut something EVERYONE will remember), and most of all, my (literal) neighbor. From a suburb of DC right across the city line (and 7 miles up the road from ME!!!). To have a piece of The Funk in my own backyard just fills me with pride, happiness and now peace.
Gary, this fan-turned-musician THANKS YOU. And now, along with The (original) Mothership, you now Rest in--and become part of the P-Funk Lore--of PG County, MD. And DC was proud to know and have you. Fly On, Starchild.
Comment by PTFI on June 17, 2010 at 1:04am
Singing all George's parts whenever George couldn't... :-)
Comment by Yo! No-D 4 P on June 5, 2010 at 6:57am
The Hague, Netherlands1998 North Sea Jazz Festival with Bootsy Collins and the New Rubber Band, after Bernie Worrell's solo grooves Bootsy pretended that he didn't know 1 of the guitarplayers, it turned out to be, that it was you and then you did the One Nation Under a Groove.
Wow thank U!!! I still get chicken skin and very good vibrations remembering this. Thank You Again anf again
Comment by Jimi Sly on May 22, 2010 at 2:14pm
You gotta love Garry. Anyone wearing a diaper you can't help but love!
Comment by deon hewett on April 30, 2010 at 5:48pm
when george didnt show for the uncle jam tour in hpt va and garry and phillepe took over the show and garry was the referre
Comment by Mike Tyler on April 20, 2010 at 1:21pm
You and I negotiating to sell you my 64 T-Bird @ 4oclock in the morning after a gig in Philly ! What happened w dat ????
Comment by Lori on January 2, 2010 at 3:27am
The first time I heard Flashlight. In my office. Will never forget it.

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