Allans Billy Hyde are proud to present John Blackwell, Prince’s purveyor of powerfunk drumming, for an intimate and exclusive clinic!
In 1992, John Blackwell Jnr. studied at Berklee College of Music (USA) and then landed the drum chair with legendary funk group, Cameo. In 1988, Blackwell moved to LA and played on Patti LaBelle's Grammy
winning recording: "Live! One Night Only". In '99, John met Prince and Sly & the Family Stone's bassist, Larry Graham, at a Patti Labelle concert. Blackwell then began to travel to Minneapolis, on a regular basis, to jam with Prince. In 2000, John performed in Japan with teen pop sensation, Utada Hikaru and officially joined Prince and the New Power Generation later that year. John's grooves can be heard on Prince's The Rainbow Children, N.E.W.S. and the certified double-platinum album, Musicology. He has graced the cover of numerous publications including Rhythm (UK) and Modern Drummer (USA), and has performed at every major worldwide drum festival. Currently on Prince's W2 Australia tour, John continues to be the spectacular and funkified force behind Prince's NPG. Blackwell must be seen to be believed.
Monday 28 May 2012 @ 7pm
Allans Billy Hyde 152 Bourke St Melbourne VIC
Tix: $20. Book in store or online. Strictly limited seating!
Check him out in action below.