Friday 30 September 2016

Prince's Purple Rain era backing band The Revolution reunite for tribute shows

Published 27/04/2016 | 07:27

Prince in concert in the UK in 2007. Photo: Reuters
Prince in concert in the UK in 2007. Photo: Reuters

Prince's Purple Rain-era backing band The Revolution have reunited for a series of tribute shows dedicated to their late leader.

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Brown Mark, Bobby Z., Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Matt Fink regrouped in Minneapolis on Monday to "grieve" the music legend's death, and now they've agreed to pour out their feelings with music.

In a video posted on Brown Mark's Facebook page on Tuesday, Melvoin says, "We have decided after spending three or four days together now grieving over the loss of Prince that we would like to come out and do some shows."

The Revolution officially disbanded in 1986, but often reunited with and without Prince over the years for live shows.

Prince embraces Apollonia Kotero in a scene from the film 'Purple Rain', 1984. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Prince embraces Apollonia Kotero in a scene from the film 'Purple Rain', 1984. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

Details and dates of the band's live shows have yet to be announced.

Melvoin and Coleman, aka Wendy & Lisa, were spotted at Los Angeles International airport on Sunday, catching a flight to Minnesota.

Asked for their thoughts about their former bandleader's death on Thursday, Melvoin told a TMZ cameraman, "We're gonna go back and get together with our bandmates and grieve."

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Meanwhile, another big Prince tribute, featuring D'Angelo, is being planned for America's The Tonight Show on Tuesday.

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Host Jimmy Fallon fronted a Saturday Night Live tribute to Prince over the weekend and recalled a magical moment when he played ping-pong with the Kiss singer during a segment on his chat show on Monday night.

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Executives at Fox will also pay tribute to Prince on Tuesday with a rebroadcast of a post-Super Bowl episode of hit comedy New Girl, which featured the singer as himself.

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