By Calum Slingerland
Published Apr 27, 2018

After sharing the first Parliament song in 38 years at the top of the year, George Clinton has now announced plans to retire from touring.

As Billboard reports, the Parliament/Funkadelic leader will stop touring in May 2019. Clinton is set to celebrate his 77th birthday in July.

“This has been coming a long time,” Clinton said in a statement. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”

The site also notes that Clinton had recently undergone pacemaker surgery, though the operation had no bearing on his decision to retire.

“Truth be told,” Clinton added, “It’s never really been about me. It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”

Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic are set to begin a run of tour dates tomorrow night in New York. You can find the band’s forthcoming shows here.

Back in January, Clinton revealed new Scarface-assisted single “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me” to be part of a Parliament full-length titled Medicaid Fraud Dog. Details surrounding the album have yet to surface.