The Revolution bring Prince’s music to Theater of Living Arts in Philly on Saturday and Sunday | Music

The first date of the reunited Revolution’s tour was just days after the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death.

“It’s still shocking and all of this time has passed,” Revolution percussionist Bobby Z says on the phone from his Minneapolis home. “It’s haunting all of us in this band, but the only way to get through the pain is to play Prince’s music.”

The Revolution, which backed Prince in the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” will deliver cuts from the iconic musician’s songbook Saturday and Sunday at the Theatre of Living Arts.

“It’s difficult to come up with a setlist,” Bobby Z (Zimmerman) says. “There are so many songs to choose from, but we figured this out. It feels so good to be able to get out there and play these songs that give so many people such joy.”

Not long after Prince’s death, the members of the Revolution, Bobby Z, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardists Lisa Coleman and Mark Fink and bassist Mark Brown, jammed.

“It wasn’t easy at first,” Bobby Z says. “It was so emotional. But we got through it and loved the experience.”

Three years before his death, Prince talked about reuniting with the Revolution, which he played with from 1978 until 1986.

“There were conversations,” Bobby Z says. “I think it would have happened eventually.”

The percussionist texted Prince after his flight to Minneapolis was diverted to Moline, Illinois, for an emergency landing, a few days before his death.

“I asked if he was fine and he said he was,” Bobby Z says. “It felt weird to me. I hoped he was healthy and we all found out a few days later (that he died) and it’s still so shocking. It’s like having a close member of your family who you thought was fine suddenly die. The void is huge. But we do have his music.”

Expect the hits, such as “Little Red Corvette,” “Purple Rain” and “1999,” when the Revolution hits the TLA stage.

“We love playing all of the old songs,” Bobby Z says. “When we look out and see how fans react, it’s just amazing. I can see Prince looking down on this smiling.”

The members of the Revolution take turns singing his songs.

“We can’t do them all since some only Prince could do,” Bobby Z says. “We love doing the sing-along songs like ‘Let’s Go Crazy.’ “

Bobby Z speaks in awe when reminiscing about his old friend.

“Prince could play nearly every instrument and he was such a unique songwriter,” he says. “There is no one like him today.”

Work ethic is what separated Prince from his peers, according to Bobby Z.

“His talent was undeniable ,” he says. “But what put him on another level was his desire to be the best that he could…

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