Morris Hayes, Prince / New Power Generation (Part 2)

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We catch up with Morris Hayes to talk about his incredible career to date, including not only his amazing time with Prince, but his diverse production career and great insights on touring and playing. In this second instalment (Part 1 is here) we cover some iconic Prince gigs, a train wreck story that will turn your blood to ice water, hanging with Herbie Hancock and a great deal more.

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

Maintaining a long term successful musical relationship with Prince

Recollection on the 2007 Superbowl performance and playing in the rain with a keyboard rig

Check out the 2007 Superbowl Performance for yourself

MD’ing the Prince Tribute 

Continuing NPG after Prince’s death

When Alicia Keys sits next to you on a piano stool

Hanging with Herbie Hancock

An emotional moment with Stevie Wonder in lead up to the Prince tribute concert

Morris with Kanye West and Prince in Sweden

Morris with Bono and Prince – The Cross

Morris’ two great train wreck stories

3 Chains O’ Gold

Morris and Prince on Letterman – Dolphin

How to create great brass sounds on a synth (thanks to Frank, Niagara Falls, NY for the question)

Morris Master Class in Keyboard Magazine (thanks to Walter from Guatemala City, Guatamala for the comment)

Desert Island Discs: Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince, Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder, Innervisions – Stevie Wonder, Double Vision – Bob James and David Sanborn, Raise! – Earth, Wind and Fire.

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