Watching a performance by the legendary American funk band ‘WAR’ is certainly on many an OG’s bucket list, especially if you’re an old school Angeleno who never had the opportunity to see these guys at the height of their popularity in the 70s. Luckily, WAR was on hand for a rare appearance at the Greek Theater—alongside George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and special guest Nortec Collective—to dip into their grab bag of goodies for a trip down memory lane.
Considered a successful musical crossover-band fusing elements of Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B and Reggae, WAR’s message of inclusion and tolerance is once again uber-relevant in America’s current sociopolitical climate. With an initial goal of using music to speak out against racism, hunger and crime, WAR’s multi-ethnic line-up continues to transcend racial and cultural barriers while promoting hope and unity.
For a band whose history includes a Billboard ‘Album of the Year’ win, hits such as “Spill The Wine” & “Lowrider”, and stage time with Jimi Hendrix (in his last performance), we hope that WAR eventually gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… no doubt they deserve it.