Prince's backing band reunite for two shows

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 July 2016


Prince's legendary backing band the Revolution have announced they will perform two shows at the First Avenue in the late music legend's hometown

Prince's backing band The Revolution have announced two reunion shows in Minneapolis.

The group - comprised of Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark, Dr. Fink, Bobby Z., Dez Dickerson, and André Cymone - have stayed true to the word and have booked in two shows at the First Avenue venue in city in the state of Minnesota, where Prince was from and where scenes were shot for the late music legend's 'Purple Rain' video in 1984.

They will perform at the iconic music club on September 2 and September 3.

Talking about the death of Prince - who was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in April at the age of 57 - the group said: "Only by playing for you, the fans, can we be Prince's Revolution. He gives Us 2 one another now, as we all start to heal and fill forever emptiness with sound. 2gether, we are The Revolution (sic)."

The Revolution played on three of Prince's albums, 1985's 'Around the World in a Day', 1986's 'Parade' and 'Purple Rain'.

The news comes after it was revealed the iconic funk star's home is to become a museum.

Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips, 52, said: "We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince's memory.

"It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans -- this would remember his music, which is his legacy.

"Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered."

Turning the compound into a museum was exactly what Prince wanted as his collaborator and former lover Sheila E. revealed he had already begun work on a preservation project before he died.

Sheila said of the project: "We're hoping to make Paisley what [Prince wanted] it to be. [He] was working on it being a museum.

"He's been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle.

"There's a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn't care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it.

"There's pictures of him all down the halls, some you've seen before and some never [seen]... There's a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him... It's beautiful."

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