The New Power Generation To Play Indigo at London’s O2 Arena

Posted by Bianca on Monday Jul 2, 2018 Under Music News

Hold onto your wigs as on 2nd August the summer is about to get wild as The New Power Generation are set to play Indigo at London’s O2 Arena.

Returning to the UK after two immense appearances at Common People Festival in May, musical director Morris Hayes brings the funk back for the opening night in London of a whistlestop European tour before hitting Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands the following days.

The reunion came to life after the tribute in October 2016 at the Xcel centre with core members Tony M, Damon, Tommy, Sonny T and Kirk spanning 23 years of The NPG as legend Prince’s backing band brought together by Morris after rave reviews to their performance on the night.

Photo Credit: Peter Lodder

The ‘Celebrate Prince’ shows are an emotional whirlwind with these high class musicians bringing the funk to both the old and new generations on tracks that they performed with Prince. With something for everyone you get the hits such as ‘Kiss’, ‘Alphabet Street’ and ‘Raspberry Beret’ but the room literally electrifies when more obscure NPG tracks are thrown in like ‘Call The Law’ and ‘Deuce and a Quarter’.

Following the huge sucess of last years European tour and a hot and sweaty gig at Nells in London where these legends brought the roof down, the soulful Kip Blackshire is returning to London as a lead vocalist. Having spent three years with the NPG performing keys and vocals Kip knows how to bring the funk and from the moves to sounds has audiences captivated from the first few notes to ensure the gig is one to remember. Kip’s musical heritage shines through in his harmonies, having been one of four generations of gospel singers, his version of ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ literally does not leave a dry eye in the house as he takes it to church.

New boy Mackenzie is returning to bring the party to the Indigo. Having been located by the bands manager Jill, and brought in ready for the February Superbowl performances his energy and aura shines on the stage complimenting his vocal talents.

Having had the pleasure to speak to members of the band at Common People. Tony M revealed how after the first couple of chords in rehearsal they knew he was right for the band and how important it was he was just being Mackenzie.

“That boy’s got vocals but he’s him, he’s not trying to be Prince, he’s not being anything but himself and that was the most important thing for us.”

Photo Credit: Peter Lodder

Mackenzie’s vocals and personality have left audiences going crazy from his opening gigs at Superbowl weekend in Minneapolis to winning hearts in Sydney, Common People and Moscow with fans describing him as each performance hitting new heights and better than the one prior.

The New Power Generation ‘Celebrate Prince’ shows are not to be missed. They are keeping the legacy alive and bringing the sounds to new and old. No need for fancy backdrops or graphics, each show lets the music take ahold and emphasises what the most important reason is that people gathered for the show and who better than members of his longest serving backing band.

Limited tickets are currently on sale priced aptly at £31.21 for the Indigo at O2. with links on NPG’s website and also details for upcoming shows. Seriously don’t be dissappointed and miss out the show of the Summer!

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