According to billboard.com, NPG, Prince’s band through the ‘90s and 2000s both live and in the studio, is reuniting.
After playing together at the Prince tribute concert in Minneapolis last October, various members of the collective — best known for its work on 1991’s Diamonds and Pearls and 1992’s Love Symbol Album — will play Celebration 2017 at Paisley Park (the four-day tribute to Prince in honor of the one-year anniversary of his death) on April 23. Following that appearance, The New Power Generation will play their own solo show at California’s Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on May 22. More dates in the U.S. and Europe are to come. Tickets for the Redondo Beach show go on sale March 21.
The crowd’s reception to NPG during the October show triggered the decision to reunite. Members of the band last played on Prince’s last album, 2015’s HitnRun: Phase Two. “It was quite an undertaking doing the tribute in October, the politics of it,” says Morris Hayes, NPG’s musical director, who first met Prince in the late ‘80s and played with him from 1992 to 2012. “I had three people to please: the promoter, the family, and most of all, the fans. The resounding response I got on social media was they were so happy, but there were a lot of people who couldn’t get a ticket who wanted to hear this music. Prince’s music is here to stay and people want to experience that feeling of getting together. That was the biggest motivator for me.”
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