Celebrating Prince with His band THE NPG
Hear Your Favourite Prince Hits Performed by those who worked closest with him!
Those who knew Prince knew that he was always pushing himself and experimenting with new sounds and the musical chemistry of working with new musicians was a part of that process. When he formed The New Power Generation (The NPG) in 1990 they went on together to create ‘Diamond & Pearls’ a record that sparked more hits on the Billboard charts than any other Prince album released since Purple Rain. It is an honor to welcome original members of this band to the Bluesfest stage in 2018. Their intent is to honor their boss, their mentor and his music, and to give fans a chance to celebrate and say goodbye to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
At the acclaimed official Prince Tribute Concert in Minnesota Morris Hayes – who, after playing keyboards with Prince off and on for 20 years, was tapped as the Musical Director of the event and the original NPG was asked to serve as the house band.
A month after that tribute concert, the mostly original band members got together to discuss officially reuniting to perform a series of concerts under the banner, “Celebrating Prince” in order to give Prince’s fans throughout the U.S. and around the world the opportunity to take part in a musical tribute and celebration of Prince and his music.
The lineup for the Australian tour is comprised primarily of original members: Morris Hayes took the keyboard position in The NPG in 1992. In fact, Morris was on the Diamonds and Pearls tour with Prince and would go on to become Prince’s Musical Director staying on until 2012, becoming the band’s longest running member.
NPG drummer, Kirk Johnson performed in Purple Rain. He was a dancer and percussionist in the first incarnation of the NPG, becoming their official drummer for a number of years in the late 1990s.
For the NPG’s Australian tour, Morris Hayes, Kirk Johnson, Tony Mosley,Damon Dickson and Mono Neon will be joined by guitarist Homer O’Dell (from the Grammy-nominated Minneapolis band “Mint Condition”) and former NPG keyboard player and vocalist, Kip Blackshire. Special guests on lead vocals are Grammy-nominated Támar Davis and longtime Prince friend and bandmate, André Cymone – who was in Prince’s first acclaimed band, Grand Central.
- Morris Hayes: MD / keyboards
- Kirk Johnson: drums
- Tony Mosley: rap vocals & guitar
- Damon Dickson: percussion, dance & background vocals
- Homer O’Dell: guitar
- Mono Neon: bass
- André Cymone - special guest: lead vocals & guitar
- Kip Blackshire - special guest: lead vocals & keyboards
- Támar Davis - special guest; lead vocals
For music lovers, The New Power Generation’s sets will be an opportunity to hear Prince’s music played by the people who made it with him, and to laugh, dance and cry to some of his biggest hits one more time.
The New Power Generation also appear at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March.