Prince was an enigmatic and electric performer who is irreplaceable, but let’s not allow that to devalue the contributions of The Revolution, the band that had a big part in Prince’s sound during his most pivotal and visible times. They are credited on Prince’s Purple Rain, Around the World In a Day, and Parade albums, and some of the members performed on 1999 as well. All in all, they’re a key part of the Prince experience, and the good news is that even though Prince is no longer with us, The Revolution just announced plans to hit the road for a short touring stint this spring (via Rolling Stone).
The Purple Rain-era iteration of the band — guitarist Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brownmark (Mark Brown), drummer Bobby Z (Robert Rivkin) and keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman — previously got together for some reunion shows in the wake of Prince’s passing, and now they’re going to extend that run for a little bit, with late-April shows in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia.Coleman previously spoke about preparing for their Prince-less shows, saying, “It was really intense. Difficult. The music was mercurial. Like, we couldn’t quite grab it. I mean, we were trained to look at Prince for cues, and even if he’s wrong, he’s right. We were looking into a space and then looking at each other going, ‘What is this?'”
Yes, Prince was one of the greatest frontmen ever, but The Revolution are capable of rocking without him, so check out their April tour dates below.
The Revolution tour dates
April 23: Chicago, IL at Metro
April 27: Washington, D.C. at The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 28: New York, NY at B.B. King’s
April 29: Philadelphia, PA at Theatre of Living Arts
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