Someone should call Don McLean to tell him to revise “American Pie” and declare 2016 the year the music died. We need some kind of revolution to lift us out of this Prince-less funk. Scratch that: we need THE Revolution.
Andddd we’re getting them. The Revolution, Prince’s band that played between 1979 and 1986, has announced that its members will unite for an unspecified number of shows, as reported by The Fader. “We have decided—after spending three of four days now, grieving over the loss of Prince—that we would like to come out and do some shows,” said Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin in a video announcement (see below). “We wanna let you know that we’ll be there soon.”
At the start of the video, five unknown associates introduce themselves using names of Revolution band members: Brown Mark, Bobby Z, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, and Dr. Fink (they’re not actually who they claim to be). The real Wendy Melvoin and Co. then swap places with them and share the news. (It’s unclear whether there’s any significance to the deception.) As things stand it would appear that, of the 14 people that have at some point participated in The Revolution, these five will be the only ones to tour.
The Revolution is credited on three Prince albums: 1985’s Around the World in a Day, 1986’s Parade, and most notably, 1984’s Purple Rain. The group was certainly an integral part of the Prince experience, but this tour may not have gotten his blessing.
As Questlove recalls in the Prince essay he wrote for Rolling Stone: “In the summer of 2014, his old band, the Revolution, reunited at First Avenue in Minneapolis. They were all set up for him to join in and play. He drove right past.”
That may have been indicative of conflict, but it was more than likely just Prince being Prince. “Prince was a great drummer,” Questlove continues, “and he was always marching to his own beat.”
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