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justAmeda

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NPG feat. Bilal July 13 in Portugal

This is completely written in Portuguese language :

http://www.glam-magazine.pt/the-new-power-generation-feat-bilal-1671087

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Here is the english translation:

One of the most remarkable moments in the history of live music in Portugal was Prince's performance in Super Bock Super Rock. A year after his disappearance, it is more important than ever to remember the genius of pop music, and it is precisely this proposal that the mythical band that accompanied it brings us.

The New Power Generation will perform on July 13, at the Super Bock Stage, accompanied by the American Bilal.

Prince's success is explained by the way he always challenged himself, incessantly seeking new sonorities. The chemistry he had with his musicians was a key part of this innovation process. Hence the importance of having at your side a band of excellence like The New Power Generation. Presented formally in 1990, they marked a new phase in the career of the small American genius of Minneapolis.

They debuted on the Diamonds and Pearls album, released in 1991. Since "Purple Rain" Prince did not have a record with so many hits jumping to the top of Billboard and the critique surrendered to the synergy between Prince and His new band, and "The New Power Generation" a year later released "Love Symbol Album", another bestseller.

For the experience to be complete, the band comes to Super Bock Super Rock accompanied by one of the most interesting soul voices of the last years: the American Bilal. He first appeared in 2001 as he released the acclaimed debut album "1st Born Second." In his albums mixes like no one else jazz and electronic music, also blinking the eye to hip hop and contemporary music, always trying to be original (like Prince). Bilal is also known for his numerous successful collaborations with some of the biggest names in world music: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, The Roots or Kendrick Lamar.

The New Power Generation feat. Bilal is a unique opportunity to hear the great successes of Prince interpreted by those who guarantee the excellence of interpretation that the genius demands.

Not to be missed, July 13 on the Super Bock Stage!

Everybody's looking 4 the ladder...."A record deal is a contractual agreement that may or may not help you build an audience. If a band has one hit, they had an experience, not a career."-Dez Dickerson
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Reply #1 posted 05/03/17 6:37am

MMJas

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I don't like this idea at all. Bilal did great in the tribute, but that's as far as it should go. I don't think they should be touring with another singer like this. I surely won't be going to see this. JMO.

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Reply #2 posted 05/03/17 11:02am

FlyOnTheWall

MMJas said:

I don't like this idea at all. Bilal did great in the tribute, but that's as far as it should go. I don't think they should be touring with another singer like this. I surely won't be going to see this. JMO.

What is the alternative? Do you think they (and the Revolution) shouldn't tour at all or, alternatively, just perform instrumental shows?

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Reply #3 posted 05/03/17 11:08am

MMJas

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FlyOnTheWall said:

MMJas said:

I don't like this idea at all. Bilal did great in the tribute, but that's as far as it should go. I don't think they should be touring with another singer like this. I surely won't be going to see this. JMO.

What is the alternative? Do you think they (and the Revolution) shouldn't tour at all or, alternatively, just perform instrumental shows?

Alternative? To what?

I think they should continue to do whatever they were doing before Prince died.

I think they should write new stuff and apply their knowledge and expertise without having to rely on Prince's body of work.

I think they should refrain from becoming a kind of tribute act, with a singer replacing Prince just because he can do the screams and sing falsetto.

I think it's great to watch the Revolution do all those songs, specially because they do not have a vocalist to replace the irreplaceable, but there is a time frame for that and soon it will be extint.

But that's just my opinion.

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Reply #4 posted 05/03/17 11:16am

zenarose

MMJas said:



FlyOnTheWall said:




MMJas said:


I don't like this idea at all. Bilal did great in the tribute, but that's as far as it should go. I don't think they should be touring with another singer like this. I surely won't be going to see this. JMO.



What is the alternative? Do you think they (and the Revolution) shouldn't tour at all or, alternatively, just perform instrumental shows?




Alternative? To what?


I think they should continue to do whatever they were doing before Prince died.


I think they should write new stuff and apply their knowledge and expertise without having to rely on Prince's body of work.


I think they should refrain from becoming a kind of tribute act, with a singer replacing Prince just because he can do the screams and sing falsetto.


I think it's great to watch the Revolution do all those songs, specially because they do not have a vocalist to replace the irreplaceable, but there is a time frame for that and soon it will be extint.


But that's just my opinion.


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Reply #5 posted 05/03/17 11:19am

FlyOnTheWall

MMJas said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

What is the alternative? Do you think they (and the Revolution) shouldn't tour at all or, alternatively, just perform instrumental shows?

Alternative? To what?

I think they should continue to do whatever they were doing before Prince died.

I think they should write new stuff and apply their knowledge and expertise without having to rely on Prince's body of work.

I think they should refrain from becoming a kind of tribute act, with a singer replacing Prince just because he can do the screams and sing falsetto.

I think it's great to watch the Revolution do all those songs, specially because they do not have a vocalist to replace the irreplaceable, but there is a time frame for that and soon it will be extint.

But that's just my opinion.

I appreciate your perspective. I'm just the opposite: As long as they are respectful of his legacy, and not hawking t-shirts with his image and/or logo and writing tell-all books, I think it's fine. I think Prince would like seeing his music kept alive...and I think he'd also like seeing his band members work to feed their families. In the final analysis, it will be Prince's loving fams who will determine how long this continues. If no one buys tickets, the tours will be very short-lived.

[Edited 5/3/17 11:21am]

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Reply #6 posted 05/03/17 12:59pm

MMJas

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FlyOnTheWall said:

MMJas said:

Alternative? To what?

I think they should continue to do whatever they were doing before Prince died.

I think they should write new stuff and apply their knowledge and expertise without having to rely on Prince's body of work.

I think they should refrain from becoming a kind of tribute act, with a singer replacing Prince just because he can do the screams and sing falsetto.

I think it's great to watch the Revolution do all those songs, specially because they do not have a vocalist to replace the irreplaceable, but there is a time frame for that and soon it will be extint.

But that's just my opinion.

I appreciate your perspective. I'm just the opposite: As long as they are respectful of his legacy, and not hawking t-shirts with his image and/or logo and writing tell-all books, I think it's fine. I think Prince would like seeing his music kept alive...and I think he'd also like seeing his band members work to feed their families. In the final analysis, it will be Prince's loving fams who will determine how long this continues. If no one buys tickets, the tours will be very short-lived.

[Edited 5/3/17 11:21am]

Agree. And enough with the purple wave riding. Books, hair products, tattoos, tributes, t-shirts, holograms, interviews with women who bonked Prince for two seconds, reality shows, the lot. It's getting tiring, imo. And it's starting to show it's ugly face. Greed.
Keeping the music alive is one thing, and I'm all for it, but do you honestly think Prince would have liked to have a replacement? I doubt it. That's why I think it's ok for the Revolution to be touring with no singer. I hope they keep it that way, but I think it will be short lived.
Keeping the music alive means allowing his videos and live concerts on youtube, so other generations can view them. It's releasing live DVDs showing his mastering of everything music related, which will speak for itself. It's releasing vault material, especially the obscure stuff, so that diehard and longterm fans can actually hear that stuff before we start going into nursing homes... wink

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Reply #7 posted 05/03/17 2:00pm

FlyOnTheWall

MMJas said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

I appreciate your perspective. I'm just the opposite: As long as they are respectful of his legacy, and not hawking t-shirts with his image and/or logo and writing tell-all books, I think it's fine. I think Prince would like seeing his music kept alive...and I think he'd also like seeing his band members work to feed their families. In the final analysis, it will be Prince's loving fams who will determine how long this continues. If no one buys tickets, the tours will be very short-lived.

[Edited 5/3/17 11:21am]

Agree. And enough with the purple wave riding. Books, hair products, tattoos, tributes, t-shirts, holograms, interviews with women who bonked Prince for two seconds, reality shows, the lot. It's getting tiring, imo. And it's starting to show it's ugly face. Greed.
Keeping the music alive is one thing, and I'm all for it, but do you honestly think Prince would have liked to have a replacement? I doubt it. That's why I think it's ok for the Revolution to be touring with no singer. I hope they keep it that way, but I think it will be short lived.
Keeping the music alive means allowing his videos and live concerts on youtube, so other generations can view them. It's releasing live DVDs showing his mastering of everything music related, which will speak for itself. It's releasing vault material, especially the obscure stuff, so that diehard and longterm fans can actually hear that stuff before we start going into nursing homes... wink

The Revolution has guest singers, as well. Of course, they do. Either they are going to do mostly instrumental shows...or they are going to have guest vocalists. Period. Stokely of Mint Condition, who sometimes opened for Prince, is currently performing with the Revolution. I don't know how long that arrangement will last, but he's not the only person to sing with them. BrownMark even invited Eric Benet, of all people, to join them onstage if he's around during their NYC show.

By the way, NO ONE can replace Prince...and NO ONE can do it like him. I think everyone knows that; however, as one of the greatest composers, singers, musicians, and lyricists to ever live, people are going to play and sing his songs forever...just like they do for Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, etc. Imagine if it was decided that, since no one can match their greatness, no one should play their compositions. To me, that would be unthinkable.

Lastly, I could not agree more with your thoughts on keeping his music alive by keeping at least some of his performances and interviews up on YouTube. If Prince can see what's transpired since his transition, I think even he realizes that keeping all of his music off the internet was/is counterproductive.

[Edited 5/3/17 14:01pm]

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Reply #8 posted 05/03/17 2:12pm

MMJas

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FlyOnTheWall said:

MMJas said:

Agree. And enough with the purple wave riding. Books, hair products, tattoos, tributes, t-shirts, holograms, interviews with women who bonked Prince for two seconds, reality shows, the lot. It's getting tiring, imo. And it's starting to show it's ugly face. Greed.
Keeping the music alive is one thing, and I'm all for it, but do you honestly think Prince would have liked to have a replacement? I doubt it. That's why I think it's ok for the Revolution to be touring with no singer. I hope they keep it that way, but I think it will be short lived.
Keeping the music alive means allowing his videos and live concerts on youtube, so other generations can view them. It's releasing live DVDs showing his mastering of everything music related, which will speak for itself. It's releasing vault material, especially the obscure stuff, so that diehard and longterm fans can actually hear that stuff before we start going into nursing homes... wink

The Revolution has guest singers, as well. Of course, they do. Either they are going to do mostly instrumental shows...or they are going to have guest vocalists. Period. Stokely of Mint Condition, who sometimes opened for Prince, is currently performing with the Revolution. I don't know how long that arrangement will last, but he's not the only person to sing with them. BrownMark even invited Eric Benet, of all people, to join them onstage if he's around during their NYC show.

By the way, NO ONE can replace Prince...and NO ONE can do it like him. I think everyone knows that; however, as one of the greatest composers, singers, musicians, and lyricists to ever live, people are going to play and sing his songs forever...just like they do for Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, etc. Imagine if it was decided that, since no one can match their greatness, no one should play their compositions. To me, that would be unthinkable.

Lastly, I could not agree more with your thoughts on keeping his music alive by keeping at least some of his performances and interviews up on YouTube. If Prince can see what's transpired since his transition, I think even he realizes that keeping all of his music off the internet was/is counterproductive.

[Edited 5/3/17 14:01pm]

Did not know about Stokely. I thought Wendy was doing some of the singing also. And Eric Benet being invited to sing with them is something that I had chosen to erase from my memory. razz

Of course Prince music should be played, I totally agree with your analogy. But one thing is to play his music, like the revolution are doing now, and another thing is to have another sing his songs with his previous bands. Mozart, Beethoven and Gershwin were no singers, they were composers. I dunno, maybe I'm just being funny about it. I find that everyone seems to be riding the Purple Wave and that puts me right off and perhaps even conditions my opinion on this matter, I guess...

Concerning the lack of Prince material on the internet: I think that was one of his biggest mistakes and contributed greatly to the lack of knowledge recent generations have of him.

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Reply #9 posted 05/03/17 2:24pm

Latin

Check out the New Power Generation performing last week with Andre Cymone on lead vocals at the Celebration 2017 held at Paisley Park:

https://m.youtube.com/wat...F72XOj293g
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Reply #10 posted 05/03/17 2:24pm

FlyOnTheWall

MMJas said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

The Revolution has guest singers, as well. Of course, they do. Either they are going to do mostly instrumental shows...or they are going to have guest vocalists. Period. Stokely of Mint Condition, who sometimes opened for Prince, is currently performing with the Revolution. I don't know how long that arrangement will last, but he's not the only person to sing with them. BrownMark even invited Eric Benet, of all people, to join them onstage if he's around during their NYC show.

By the way, NO ONE can replace Prince...and NO ONE can do it like him. I think everyone knows that; however, as one of the greatest composers, singers, musicians, and lyricists to ever live, people are going to play and sing his songs forever...just like they do for Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, etc. Imagine if it was decided that, since no one can match their greatness, no one should play their compositions. To me, that would be unthinkable.

Lastly, I could not agree more with your thoughts on keeping his music alive by keeping at least some of his performances and interviews up on YouTube. If Prince can see what's transpired since his transition, I think even he realizes that keeping all of his music off the internet was/is counterproductive.

[Edited 5/3/17 14:01pm]

Did not know about Stokely. I thought Wendy was doing some of the singing also. And Eric Benet being invited to sing with them is something that I had chosen to erase from my memory. razz

Of course Prince music should be played, I totally agree with your analogy. But one thing is to play his music, like the revolution are doing now, and another thing is to have another sing his songs with his previous bands. Mozart, Beethoven and Gershwin were no singers, they were composers. I dunno, maybe I'm just being funny about it. I find that everyone seems to be riding the Purple Wave and that puts me right off and perhaps even conditions my opinion on this matter, I guess...

Concerning the lack of Prince material on the internet: I think that was one of his biggest mistakes and contributed greatly to the lack of knowledge recent generations have of him.

I agree. Even Morris Day said in a recent interview that seeing all the newly available video of Prince made him realize just how great P really was. Now, that's saying a lot.

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Reply #11 posted 05/03/17 2:28pm

Latin

Here is an article published by The Current entitled "André Cymone will join the New Power Generation on tour":

http://blog.thecurrent.or...n-on-tour/
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Reply #12 posted 05/03/17 3:52pm

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I don't begrudge The Revolution and The New Power Generation for hiring guest vocalists to sing lead on songs that require falsetto but I can't see Stokley Williams and Bilal and any other vocalist that sing with these bands on tour other than cheap imitations to me. They're just begging to be compared to Prince when they release projects with their own bands. I don't want to see The Revolution and NPG, I have more than enough bootlegs of Prince leading HIS OWN BANDS and not jocking anyone.

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Reply #13 posted 05/03/17 6:55pm

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I have no shame in saying I'll take seeing Tony M in person any way I can get it! Now if only they'd move that show to Nashville!

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Reply #14 posted 05/12/17 3:56am

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MMJas said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

The Revolution has guest singers, as well. Of course, they do. Either they are going to do mostly instrumental shows...or they are going to have guest vocalists. Period. Stokely of Mint Condition, who sometimes opened for Prince, is currently performing with the Revolution. I don't know how long that arrangement will last, but he's not the only person to sing with them. BrownMark even invited Eric Benet, of all people, to join them onstage if he's around during their NYC show.

By the way, NO ONE can replace Prince...and NO ONE can do it like him. I think everyone knows that; however, as one of the greatest composers, singers, musicians, and lyricists to ever live, people are going to play and sing his songs forever...just like they do for Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, etc. Imagine if it was decided that, since no one can match their greatness, no one should play their compositions. To me, that would be unthinkable.

Lastly, I could not agree more with your thoughts on keeping his music alive by keeping at least some of his performances and interviews up on YouTube. If Prince can see what's transpired since his transition, I think even he realizes that keeping all of his music off the internet was/is counterproductive.

[Edited 5/3/17 14:01pm]

Did not know about Stokely. I thought Wendy was doing some of the singing also. And Eric Benet being invited to sing with them is something that I had chosen to erase from my memory. razz

Of course Prince music should be played, I totally agree with your analogy. But one thing is to play his music, like the revolution are doing now, and another thing is to have another sing his songs with his previous bands. Mozart, Beethoven and Gershwin were no singers, they were composers. I dunno, maybe I'm just being funny about it. I find that everyone seems to be riding the Purple Wave and that puts me right off and perhaps even conditions my opinion on this matter, I guess...

Concerning the lack of Prince material on the internet: I think that was one of his biggest mistakes and contributed greatly to the lack of knowledge recent generations have of him.

I do not were you looked because as fast as he had stuff taken down stuff went back up. In addition there are loads of Facebook pages. The truth is if you wanted to find Prince's music you just had to look and there has never been any proof that giving away free video and music would do anything for music sales. If anything it has made people not care about owning music thus the popularity of streaming. Prince was on the right track keeping a lot of it offline because he sold more albums then anyone else last year just because people had to buy most of the material.

He was 20 years ahead when he had NPG music club. Remember how he got attacked for charging a few and now what people pay a fee to stream music.

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Reply #15 posted 05/12/17 4:19am

jjam

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Check out the New Power Generation performing last week with Andre Cymone on lead vocals at the Celebration 2017 held at Paisley Park: https://m.youtube.com/wat...F72XOj293g

Jesus, they sound incredible. That's not Kirk on drums, is it? It certainly doesn't sound like his playing...

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Reply #16 posted 05/12/17 5:29am

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jjam said:

Latin said:

Check out the New Power Generation performing last week with Andre Cymone on lead vocals at the Celebration 2017 held at Paisley Park: https://m.youtube.com/wat...F72XOj293g

Jesus, they sound incredible. That's not Kirk on drums, is it? It certainly doesn't sound like his playing...

Yep that was Kirk on drums.

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Reply #17 posted 05/12/17 6:38am

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Do you want to see The New Power Generation (NPG) playing Live during your summer? Be ready, the famous Prince band is coming in Europe for several dates including:
-June 30th 2017
British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK
-July 9th 2017
North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
-July 13th 2017
Super Bock Super Rock Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
-July 15th 2017
VeszprémFest, Veszprem, Hungary

If you want to see the NPG more than that, you can still check this out: http://mailchi.mp/1d89569...c3dde6ac17
It's now the final routing for the NPG’s July 2017 tour in Europe and still have some avails for additional shows between the confirmed shows detailed above.

The line-up for the upcoming European tour consists of Morris Hayes (keyboards), Sonny Thompson (bass), Mike Scott (guitar), Tommy Barbarella (keyboards), Kirk Johnson (drums), Tony Mosley (vocals, guitar, dancer) and Damon Dickson (background vocals and dancer). They will be joined on lead vocals by at least two additional artists from the NPG and/or the Prince family of artists (like André Cymone, Kip Blackshire, Shelby Johnson, etc.), who will vary subject to availability.

The New Power Generation (NPG) - Celebrating PRINCE
http://www.qgenterprise.com/artist-
roster/the-npg-new-power-generation/
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Reply #18 posted 05/12/17 3:06pm

jjam

I hope they end up playing their own show at some point this year in London.

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