Monday, February 4, 2013

Back to Japan for a "Meters Experience"

Fred and his old P-Funk compadre Bernie Worrell, the keyboard genius behind all of the hottest Parliament-Funkadelic anthems, joined up in Japan last week as special guests of Leo Nocentelli and his Meters Experience, featuring Bill Dickens on bass, Stanton Moore on drums, CR Gruver on keys and Pastor Steven Perriloux on congas and vocals. The congregation of funky people played one night at Billboard Live in Osaka and two nights at the Billboard Live in Tokyo.

In addition to the great music, the trip also afforded Fred a chance to visit with some old and new friends, including Ryo Nakata and other members of Osaka Monaurail, and other friends made during his last trip to Japan, courtesy of Hennessy Artistry, just two months earlier in November.

Here are some photos from the experience. Enjoy.

Fred with Bernie Worrell.
Flowers greeting the band in Tokyo.
Soundchecking in Tokyo, with Leo (and Bill in the background).
Onstage in Tokyo.

Onstage in Tokyo.
Signing autographs after the last Tokyo show.
Fred backstage in Tokyo with his NYC-Tokyo-Honolulu friend Hiro.
Fred with Tokyo friend Rosie.

Backstage in Tokyo with friend including Mr. and Mrs. Seki, as well as Ryo and other Osaka Monaurail members.
View from the 22nd floor of the Tokyo Hilton.

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