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Exclusive! Hannah Ford Added As Guest Drummer For Prince’s New Power Generation

We just received this breaking news out of Paisley Park;

Hannah Ford has been added as guest drummer to PRINCE's touring band, the New Power Generation.

She is currently in Chanhassen, Minnesota taking photos and has apparently has been there on 2 other occasions with her husband Joshua jamming with Prince and several members of the band...

Details are sketchy right now but we are promised more info as furute plans become more solid.

The photo above is one of the new shots taken by Justine Walpole.

I have included videos of Hanna doing an improv drum solo and drumming to Skrillex's "Hey Sexy Lady" for those that may not be familiar with her drumming technique.-DocFB

31 comments
George Maddie
George Maddie

I agree. She's decent but sounds very student compared to Chris Coleman, Cora, Blackwell or Michael Bland. She's still out there playing though. No one can criticize that.

Karim
Karim

I think she's got energy and a great look. Is she as talented as some of the drummers that have played for Prince in the past? No. At least not yet. But she has the potential to be. Let's face it, there are AMAZING drummers out there that just don't have "the look" and the onstage performance. That's the game nowadays and Hannah's got it. Having been given this shot as a "guest drummer" I'm sure it will boost her confidence to be ten times the drummer she is now. We all get inspired, learn and become better than we imagined we'd ever be, given the right opportunity. It happened to me and I'm sure it will happen to her. She's got a solid groove foundation and after this challenge I bet she's going to develop all those "chops" that everyone wants to hear when they think of a drummer playing with a major name artist. I'm happy for her as I'm sure she's ecstatic about this opportunity and will work like crazy to benefit from it. Oh, and by the way......I never knew anything about her until about 30 minutes ago when someone posted a link on FB. So I googled......

Immanuel6
Immanuel6

Dude, please don't do that...if Hannah is such a "crap drummer", why is Prince working with her. Come on, Hannah is cool. When you work with Prince, you have to bring your "A" game. If you aren't top notch, after working with him, you definitely will be. Please don't trash her.....

игорь
игорь

Чудо-девушка!!! Чудо-барабанщик!!!

Justine
Justine

Anybody who has spent any time with this girl knows that she is a beautiful person, inside and out. She has inspired me as a female drummer and I am blessed to know her. She deserves every great opportunity that comes her way! Congratulations, Hannah!

Manic Monday Girl
Manic Monday Girl

LoGiK502 - I wasn't hating on the Target shoes...I'm wearing the same pair right now. As for hatin' - I think if you review my other post, and you will see I had some very positive things to say about Hannah. You are obviously a bit over sensitive. I think maybe you should chill a bit. Having performed with Prince and the NPG in the past, I can say first hand it's an awesome experience. Prince is a very giving artist and I think Hannah will learn a lot from this experience. Connie Castillo - Baete

LoGiK502
LoGiK502

LOL I read these comments and feel sorry for people with so much time to hate something, they know NOTHING about.. First off, the reason it says GUEST drummer, is to protect the anonymity of Prince's camp and his upcoming projects.. Anyone that knows anything about Prince, knows he likes his privacy.. Bottom line, Prince hand picked Hannah, out with the OLD, in with the new.. :) Hatin doesn't stop the fact that in a couple short weeks, she will be sitting right behind Prince, on stage infront of a sold out United Center.. 22k+.. 2 shows already sold out, and a 3rd on pace to do the same.. I know Hannah personally, and there are much BIGGER things in store for her, than just Guest drumming for Prince.. All the folks hung up on Sheila E and Blackwell (great drummers Hannah studied growing up) must be an older generation.. But I'm sorry, Prince is trying to stay relevant.. ;) Hannah has worked hard for a long time, remained humble and made mad sacrifice.. She puts God first, and deserves this blessing.. Jealousy is an ugly monster.. Hate is jealousy's first cousin.. Better invest your time into something positive, then, maybe you could be a success like Hannah Ford.. This is Just the begining, get used to her face, her abilities, AND her Target shoes.. The best thing about knowing Hannah, is knowing that NONE of the negative comments, have ever bothered her, so get used to her laugh also!! Keep killin it Hannah.. Oh btw, Hannah was going to Church with Sheila E in L.A. before she could drive.. Why don't you hit up Sheila and ask her what she thinks about Hannah?? Soap Box, done..

Tom Wathen
Tom Wathen

Yeah Teia (wana), what Osyrus said! Do I detect a little bit of prejudice here?! Sheila E.'s probably too ancient to go out on tour anymore! LOL!!! Better lookin' than Hanna?! Better put that crack pipe down girlfriend! Smarter?! Wow, I didn't know that Sheila was a nuclear physicist! I'm sure that Sheila's proud to know that her fan club is still kickin'! Personally I hate to see Hanna gettin' mixed up in all the P-funk BS! It's all an illusion, I mean look at the joker's poster!!! He's gonna be the next Michael Jackson code red! The boy's a narcissistic geriatric adolescent basket case! I PRAY that all you young people and OG's, guys and gals, will WAKE up and look around a realize what day it is we're livin' in! JESUS IS COMIN'! Better WAKE UP and get ready!!! I've done my job, y'all been warned!

Osyrus
Osyrus

shut up Teia(wana). You must be a nappy headed sheboon.

Teia(wana) Burton
Teia(wana) Burton

Why Not Sheila E? She's MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL, Smart, Talented, KNOWS & Co-Wrote some of the songs. We KNOW & LOVE us some Sheila E! ;-)

Tom Wathen
Tom Wathen

I was never all that impressed with Sheila E. myself. I think Hanna's AWESOME and a NATURAL beauty! I hate to see her getting mixed up in the AFKAP illusion, I HATE the eye makeup she has on in this promotional shoot!!! I mush perfer her natural self in the drum solo demonstration. Although she's no Bonzo yet, she's full of promise and I PRAY the the self-destructive curse that plaques most GREAT drummers, Bonham, Moon, Rick Allen, ect. NEVER gets ahold of Hannah! I PRAY that she'll find a GREAT band to become a member of so she doesn't end up like Buddy Rich doing Demos on the LN TV talk shows! I'd personally love it to see her become involved with a Christian band such as Casting Crowns who has been BLESSED with two greats in former band member Andy Williams and current drummer Brian Scroggin.

Anita
Anita

Yeah she's good. I can see why Prince would want her a part of the NPG. She's no Sheila E., but she can hold her own! Good question about if she can play the drum solo from Shhh!!!

Lydia
Lydia

She will maybe just a guest, exactly like Andy McKee was in Australia. I guess she could play on a "GIRLS" band with Andy Allo for the Open Acts in Chicago...

Tom Wathen
Tom Wathen

Hannah, YOU GO GIRL!!! You're the REAL DEAL Hon! Although I don't play, I've always been a fan of the GREAT ones and like you I was such a fan of the Zep's late, GREAT John Bonham that I named a dog I had a long time ago "Bonzo". Although his solo in "Moby Dick" showcases his talent, his performances in "Kashmir" and "In My Time Of Dying" are both my favs!!! Why are the GREAT ones always so self-destructive?!! I PRAY that you never let that cursed attitude take hold! Please don't get too caught up in the AFKAP illusion, KEEP IT REAL!!! Put Jesus FIRST in you're life Hannah and TEAR them skins up girlfriend! You're gonna go places and you have a brand new fan here, you'll ALWAYS be in my prayers!!!

Annie Christian
Annie Christian

Will be interesting to see a new drummer behind the jams. This dispels Prince urban myth #783 - "Prince no longer works with white people." I have heard this one many times in the last 20+ years.

Samantha
Samantha

The positive comments on here are posted by her dad. Guest drummer means exactly what? You may get to play a song or two in a set or you sit in the chair the whole time? Ambiguity is a specialty of her dad, er, um, I mean publicist. She hasn't performed in months and depends on clinics to generate cash flow. Sad. Too bad she can't make it on her own merit but needs hype instead. The scary part is she acts as if she actually believes the whole line of propaganda put out. I guess if you hear it enough you begin to live and believe the lie. I wish her the best but she's being set up for a hard fall.

AshDenee
AshDenee

I've watched this girl grow up, and she's one of the most grounded and kind women you'll ever meet. I can assure you, she got here on her talent and drive...nothing else.

Manic Monday Girl
Manic Monday Girl

She's pretty good. Glad to see Prince getting some young fresh new talent in the band! John and Michael as well as Shelia are great, but remember they were once young up and coming talent as well. I wish I could be in Chi-town to check it out. :-(

J
J

I hope she is only a guest and not for the whole show. She sucks compared to Prince's last few drummers like John Blackwell and Michael Bland

Wes
Wes

I've watched her improve so much over the years...vry impressed by the talent and dedication she puts into it...follow yur dreams Hannah!

Truth
Truth

Do a search for John Blackwell, the shoes she's filling....

violet aura
violet aura

Since when did Britney Spears start playin da drums? Oh my bad! ; P lol Anyway...why have a guest drummer when you already got the best playin 4 ya?! I give up.

Charlie Pecoraro
Charlie Pecoraro

....whoa, what a drumming fox! I love me some baddd ass Blackwell but I'll take this rhythmic eye candy any day. And you know she got to have chops, else P wouldn't let her in

Immanuel6
Immanuel6

I appreciate Prince changing the line up of his band, but if it ain't broke then please don't fix it...JOHN BLACKWELL...thank you very much!

disappointed
disappointed

@ Chocolatbox777 ,,Guest drummer'' means GUEST DRUMMER , the Q is where NPG will be performing , if Hannah will be as a Guest ... so in USA

chocolatebox777
chocolatebox777

This means something is coming soon. But What does guest drummer mean? Is John being replaced? She's not bad for a girl...LoL

Hump
Hump

Welcome! :D np: Prince - New Power Generation spotify:track:231Ymyur5JtUCbzDgDJwcX

R Littler
R Littler

Hopefully we'll be getting some fresh NPG funk soon! It's been too long!

drfunkenberry
drfunkenberry

Samantha...did a check of comments. All comments are coming from different IP addresses...positive ones that is. There was one person posting as different names...same IP address. I know first hand that people will more likely post something negative than something positive. Sad times we live in. Haven't seen her live yet so will leave the judgments until then and wish her congrats on a good gig to have. OK, back to the real world. Hate away....

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