Bernie Worrell Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Bob Moog Foundation

Longtime musical director of The Late Show with David Letterman, keyboardist Paul Shaffer was on hand to present legendary funkmeister Bernie Worrell with the Bob Moog Award for his lifetime of pushing the synthesizer envelope (no pun intended). Playing a Minimoog Voyager for his set with the blistering Eric McFadden Trio (known as EMT, featuring Bay Area drum wunderkind Doug Port), Worrell told me backstage that Moog synthesizers have been the backbone of his stage setup for years. “’Flashlight,’ ‘One Nation,’ ‘Knee Deep’ – they all used the Minimoog for their bass lines, and many of them for more. In fact, there are three Minimoogs on ‘Flashlight.’ That’s the s**t!” Shaffer sat in with Worrell on Rhodes and vocals on the P-Funk classic, “Flashlight,” to the delight of the crowd, who joined in on each groove-infected chorus.

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