Prince's Band New Power Generation Returns To London To Play Indigo 02 Arena
CELEBRATING PRINCE and the reunion of the most original members of the New Power Generation (NPG) was born out of the exhilarating feedback from the fans after the official Prince Tribute concert in Minnesota 2016.
The longest-running member of the NPG, keyboardist Morris Hayes, who also served as Prince's Musical Director for many years, was asked to do the same job for the official tribute concert held in honour of the legendary artist. Hayes brought the original band members back together to serve as the house band (where they were joined by many other musicians throughout the night) for the epic musical celebration. The response was overwhelming in favour of bringing a scaled down version of the musical tribute to other cities around the world. Soon after that historic event, the band reunited and joined forces with other world class musicians, singers and artists to present their own tribute to their legendary mentor and brother, Prince.
NPG band members introducing Lead vocals: MacKenzie (newest member of the band joined in 2018) // Guest co-lead vocals: Kip Blackshire // MD, keyboards: Morris Hayes (longest serving member)// Keyboards: Tommy Barbarella (1990)// Drums: Kirk Johnson (1990) // Bass: Sonny T (1990) // Guitar: Homer O'Dell (Grammy nominated Mint Condition) // Rap/Guitar/Dance: Tony M (1990)// Percussion/Dance: Damon D (1990).
Years of touring, recording, rehearsing, playing and performing with Prince helped to shape New Power Generation. Few other artists are known to have the work ethic that was a defining characteristic of Prince. Respecting the music is the philosophical approach that continues to guide the NPG today. Prince was a consummate live performer and his concerts with the NPG were legendary for the tight arrangements, stellar sound and electrifying pace. And the NPG continue to play as if their infamous boss was front and centre. Celebrating Prince is a non-stop musical kaleidoscope of the most iconic chart-topping hits from all eras of Prince's career. Classic NPG songs like "DIAMONDS and PEARLS," "GETT OFF," "CREAM," "7," and "SEXY MF," are intermingled with songs from throughout Prince's illustrious 4-decade-long career like "1999," "LET'S GO CRAZY," "POP LIFE," "SIGN O' THE TIMES," "PURPLE RAIN," "U GOT THE LOOK," and "KISS." All Prince music performed by the very musicians who played, toured, recorded and wrote with him for years.
After touring with several different guest vocalists during their first year out, the band found its official lead singer in the soulful and charismatic MacKenzie - an LA-based singer from a small town in Virginia. With his incredible range, commanding stage presence and powerful vocals, MacKenzie has wowed the audiences and critics alike. Even more important, the 'fans' quickly embraced him. MacKenzie's immense talent coupled with his unique and reverent approach to the songs never strays into an impersonation. Instead, his own unique artistry shines through in a way that we think Prince would approve. Other guest vocalists continue to join MacKenzie and the NPG. To date, they have been joined by Prince's life-long friend and musical collaborator, Andre Cymone along with former NPG vocalist and keyboard player, Kip Blackshire for a short European tour last year. Other former NPG vocalists - such as Shelby J, Marva King, Liv Warfield and the Grammy-nominated, former NPG singer Tamar Davis - have joined them for special performances. Other special guest artists may occasionally join them - just as the very talented artists Bilal, Candy Dulfer, and Ana Moura did last summer.