The band will kick off a tour Friday at Paisley Park, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Minneapolis â For members of Princeâs 1980s backing band The Revolution, reuniting and hitting the road for a spring U.S. tour is how they are coping with the âPurple Rainâ pop superstarâs unexpected death a year ago.
âWeâre taking it to the people who are grieving like we are, and letting them have a little bit of relief,â guitarist Wendy Melvoin, sitting on a couch with other members of the band during a break at their Minneapolis rehearsal space, said Wednesday.
When Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose, members of The Revolution were mourning at a Minneapolis hotel and made an impromptu video, promising to reunite for shows honoring their one-time flamboyant front man. After three sold-out shows at the fabled First Avenue nightclub (the setting of Princeâs hit 1984 movie âPurple Rainâ) in September, The Revolution is back, preparing to kick off a tour Friday at Paisley Park in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen on the anniversary of Princeâs death.
The tour includes stops in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco before ending in Seattle on July 15.
Melvoin is joined by bassist BrownMark, keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman, and drummer Bobby Z. The reunited Revolution plans to play Princeâs synthesizer-heavy 1980s music through his lauded 1987 double album âSign oâ the Times.â
âWe have the ability now to give people a glimpse of what we experienced with him,â BrownMark said. âAnd I think thatâs a powerful thing. I know it helped me heal.â
While Prince had a reputation as a perfectionist, members of The Revolution remember the good times goofing in the studio.
âWe had fun. We had a lot of fun. Sometimes we would be rehearsing and weâd crack up, weâd just laugh for an hour, cracking jokes,â BrownMark recalls.
âWeâd go play softball,â keyboardist Fink said. ââOK, weâre not going to rehearse today, letâs go play softball.ââ
After years of recording and touring with The Revolution, Prince âdid what any boss would do and just put it (the band) to bed,â Bobby Z. said.
âThat intense run we…