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Prince’s backing band of many years, the New Power Generation, performs a non-stop musical kaleidoscope of the most iconic chart-topping hits from all eras of Prince’s career. Just as they did when on tour with him, the show features classic Prince & the NPG songs like Cream, Sexy MF, Gett Off, Diamonds & Pearls, Gold and The Good Life intermingled with songs from throughout the legendary artist’s illustrious career like Nothing Compares 2 U, “1999,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Pop Life,” “The Cross,” “Purple Rain,” “U Got the Look,” and “Kiss.” Prince was known for being a consummate live performer and his concerts with the NPG were known for their tight arrangements as well as their stellar, funky sound and electrifying pace. Respecting the music continues to be the driving force of the NPG and their commitment to perform as if their famous boss was front and center is evident.
The NPG formally reunited in late 2016 after Prince’s former keyboardist and Musical Director Morris Hayes – best known for being the longest-running member of the NPG – was tapped for the same job at the official Prince Tribute concert put on by the estate in October 2016. Hayes brought the original band members together to serve as the house band for the epic concert that celebrated the life and music of Prince Rogers Nelson in a wild & purple five-hour ride. The response from fans was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing a scaled down version of the musical tribute to other cities around the world as it served to be both a celebration and a healing.
Following their debut performance in the Spring of 2017 at Paisley Park, the NPG embarked on a series of performances to celebrate the music and pay tribute to their legendary mentor, Prince. To date, they have performed overseas extensively and headlined such notable festivals as Montreux Jazz (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz (Netherlands), Usadba Jazz (Moscow) and Bluesfest (Australia) in addition to performing at iconic venues such as The Paradiso and Indigo2 and the Enmore Theatre and many more. The band also found its new lead vocalist in the Virginia-native, MacKenzie. His incredible vocal range combined with his dynamic stage presence made him an easy choice after joining the band for rehearsals in preparation for a performance at the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced “Super Bowl Live” festival in Minneapolis last January. MacKenzie went on to make his official debut with them in April 2018 in Australia and has consistently been a crowd favorite. In fact, the following excerpt from a review of a summer show in London is typical:
“… Lead NPG singer Mackenzie is a discovery of some note and his vocal range on some of the covers was quite simply incredible….This is not a tribute band; they have a far higher pedigree. They wrote with, supported, toured with and loved the legend that is Prince. To see them play their celebration of their friend’s music is more of a spiritual experience. It is a very unique musical experience. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” ~ Steve Holley, Essentially Pop