New Power Generation Carrying On Prince's Legacy

Amy Adamle
Updated: July 04, 2018 08:47 AM

It's been over two years since Prince passed away, but his legacy is felt far and wide.  Now his old band, New Power Generation is tasked with the challenge of carrying on his legacy, and they're touring to keep his music alive.

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"Prince had an extraordinarily wide body of work, so the balance with creating a set list, you have to incorporate ones that everybody expects and then some things that they think maybe they wouldn't hear," Morris Hayes, the keyboard player, said. 

"It's a big challenge, but we accept it," Levi Seacer, a guitarist, said. "He's like a musical father for us, so it's really like his sons carrying on the family's business."

Since reuniting in April of 2017, NPG has played all around the world. 

"I'm sure a lot of people are thinking, 'What is the NPG or the revolution without Prince?' I think that's what everybody wonders about, but then they come to the show and get it," Hayes said. 

With new faces and old, they're bringing a fresh life to Prince's timeless classics.

"The trick is you can never replace Prince," Hayes said.  "That's not what we're doing here, we're not trying to do it, you can't do it, but what we can do is we respect the music and we just go out and deliver what at the level that we're used to performing at."

Because of Prince's Midwest roots, they're looking forward to bringing his music back live to Bayfield. 

"They can expect a party, they can expect a good time, they can expect to feel an atmosphere of joy and love as we pay homage to the purple one himself," MacKenzie, the lead vocals, said. 

"We really want to do this for the folks in the area and throw a party and everybody can come on and get down," Hayes said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

They get to have fun while honoring the legacy of a star who left his mark on the world of music and in the hearts of many fans.

"I think we really would've done Prince proud and just respected the music," Hayes said. 

The show is Saturday, July 7 at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield.  if you have a ticket to the show, it also gets you into an after party at the wild rice retreat where you can meet the NPG.


Amy Adamle

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