Season 6 of The Newport Record Club with a Tribute to Prince

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Inarguably the most purely talented pop-star of all time. Prince’s magic has been seducing fan’s ears since the late 70’s. Spanning over six decades and multiple genres, his artistry pioneered a groundbreaking sound – fuelled by reinvention, fashion and exceptional songwriting skills.

Prince was one of those rare artists. An elite musician who’s technical sound, intelligent phrasemaking and dramatic guitar solos captured millions worldwide. He was a creative genius with a scope of music that’s immense. A modern pop-star legend who was broadly talented, far from subtle, funky and flamboyant – but he had the songwriting, singing, production and instrument playing talent to really back it up.



Join the Record Club

The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the next installment of Season 6 pays tribute to Prince’s Purple Rain album. Falcon will be performing this classic record in all its entirety Thursday 18th August, 2016. Event details here.

Meet Falcon

“In this band we have the three members of Falcon (my original music venture) with Ben, Mick and myself. We have also added three guests to the line up specially for the Purple Rain night”. 

Michael de Grussa: (Vocals / Piano) – previously played the Billy Joel Record Club show.

Ben Elphick: (Vocals / Guitar)

Mick Burn: (Drums)

Tony Bourke: (Vocals / Keys)

Bel Porrins: (Vocals / Bass)

Amanda Oliver: (Vocals / Keys)


Prince’s Purple Rain Perfection

This word-beating, culture changing number was one hell of a smash record. So shimmering and instantaneous, the 1984 Purple Rain album was it! A sophisticated glam-garage rock infusion of 80’s extravaganza and tastefully quirky numbers, the record positively penetrated the souls of many. It still does; and will continue too for years to come.

Flaunting hit tracks like When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, the classic Purple Rain and of course, one of the first most controversial songs Darling Nikki, the album was unusual for its time – a masterpiece that quickly became the pinnacle of his 35+ year career.

“Purple Rain actually was the album that really caused the whole Parental Advisory Rating because of the song ‘Darling Nikki’, which by the way has pretty much trained me how to scream. It doesn’t hurt as much now as it did a few months back, either!”

“The main reason I think this album is an amazing one is because I’ve been collecting Purple Rain for a few years now. By that I mean I have either the movie or the soundtrack on pretty much every format that it was released on…”

“Betamax, DVD, Cassette, CD, Vinyl, Blue Ray, VHS, 8-Track, Laser Disc and some random format called Videodisc; look it up, it’s weird. Like a giant floppy disc in a plastic case for watching movies. I think it’s pre VHS, anyway, this is possibly my favourite album of all time… Possibly”. 

Let’s Go Crazy with Prince at The Newport Record Club


“I love the Record Club! It’s a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth while and I’ll do it again and again as long as I’m able to”. 

“It’s Prince, it’s Purple Rain – and even if you don’t know this album, you’ll love it! Perfectly written from start to finish, the album really grows on you too. And the more you hear, the better it gets”.

Season 6 at The Newport Record Club still has heaps of amazing artists and iconic albums in store including Kate Bush, Elton John, John Lennon, Spinal Tap and Beastie Boys, just to name a few. Make sure you stay tuned on the Toward Music blog to find out all the juicy details in the lead-up to each show and follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook and the Record Club Roadshow for all official updates.

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