Friday, June 18, 2010

Gary "Diaper Man" Shider Passes at 56

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Gary Shider has passed away from complications from Brain and Lung cancer. He was 56. The Plainsfield, New Jersey native, came to prominence and fame as a member of Parliament/Funkadelic. He was the musical director of the band for more than 20 years. He wrote or co-wrote several of the bands hits including "One Nation under a Groove "and "Unfunky UFO" ! Like Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, Shider was known not just for his showmanship and muscianship but by the characters he played onstage including "Starchild" and his signiture character "Diaperman"!

A tall Black Dude in a diaper was my introduction to P Funks live shows. You had to be a fearless dude to wear a diaper and and play before 50, 000 people every night! Now Gary rests awaiting the Resurrection of our Lord on the Last day! The Mother Ship will come and it is my hope that Gary will be in God's Teleporter! He is survived on earth by his Wife, Linda. A Choice of Weapons offers all our love and condolences to you and your family.
Thanks for all the great music, the songs and most of all the Fun!
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!

1 comment:

Shady_Grady said...

That is REALLY sad news.