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The Revolution, in wake of Prince’s death, announce reunion

In the wake of Prince’s death at age 57, the Revolution have announced a reunion. “We have decided, after spending three or four days now grieving over the loss of Prince, that we would like to come out and do some shows,” says Wendy Melvoin in a video shared by Revolution bassist Brown Mark. No specifics have yet been announced, but Melvoin says the reunion will happen “soon.”

The Revolution were Prince’s band through much of the ’80s. They played with him on the album and movie Purple Rain, making them by far Prince’s best-known and most-heard band. A subplot of the movie involves Prince’s “Kid” character stubbornly refusing to listen to a demo offered by Wendy and Lisa (Coleman, also part of the reunion); finally, he recognizes the value of the music and turns it into the film’s anthemic title song.

In addition to Wendy and Lisa and Brown Mark, the reunion will also include keyboardist Doctor Fink and drummer Bobby Z., thus including the band’s complete classic lineup. The Revolution broke up in late 1986 amidst mounting tensions, though over the years various members of the band continued to perform with Prince in intervals. The complete classic-lineup Revolution (sans Prince) reunited in 2003, then again in 2012 for a First Avenue benefit concert — again sans Prince, though he was invited and a mic stand stood ready all night.

In 2014, Bobby Z. talked with Andrea Swensson about the making of Purple Rain; the interview, when it was published, seemingly inspired Prince to invite both Swensson and the drummer out to Paisley Park for a night of conversation that lasted through at least two screenings of Finding Nemo.

Sheila E., who played with the Revolution in the mid-1980s, says she is the musical director of a planned Minneapolis tribute concert that will include “all the original people.”

  • Jerilyn Johnson

    I’m so excited. I love you all!!!!

  • Jay

    Awesome news! First time I’ve genuinely smiled and felt some joy since last Thursday. Thank you Revolution members! Can’t wait!!!

  • fmfats

    Somebody smells money.

    • Mike Garbe

      you are a fool if you think they are going to makemuch if anything off a few gigs

      • fmfats

        They’ll make a helluva lot more than they would if Prince was still alive. And I am not a fool.

        • lupience

          So what? Let them make money making /playing music. And you can go and make money doing what *you* are on this planet for.

          • fmfats

            The lead singer auditions will probably bring in the front man of every Prince tribute band in the nation and a few foreign countries, too.

          • Dan

            your point being…?

    • Brian Harris

      STFU you idiot

      • fmfats

        Nah. Not an idiot. Just a cynic.

        • Anthony Shafer

          Dude u are a idiot everything is not about the money I think that’s u is all u can say plus prince been around all those years and their best friend and basically family so before u sit there and say that to theme its not about the $$$$ it’s showing respect for theor friend/family and I’m sure alot of ppl here will back me up on this. If u so called a prince fan u won’t sit on ur ass talking like that and understand how they feel and what they went through how they made it this far and how fun they had with prince. U won’t understand cause u don’t see it n I agree with everyone on here who telling u need to be slap back a head and a idiot cause if u not u see what we fans see and some who been there saw alot more than. You think! So enough with ur dumb comments that’s none sense. It’s alright Princentives fans we saw this coming what the wholetter band was planning and Sheila e even tho they ages it don’t matter we still got prince in our hearts and soul and heart him even tho he gone ?

          • fmfats

            Thanks for your comments. I am not an idiot. I am someone whose opinion is different from your opinion. I would feel much differently about the announcement of the reunion if it was to be for a tribute benefit show and not for a tour. Personally I would rather see a show by The Time than a show by The Revolution fronted by a Prince imitator. I know enough about the music business to know that the business is just as important as the music.
            Now that it’s been determined that Prince died intestate, you ain’t seen nothing yet when it comes to people trying to exploit his considerable legacy.

          • Anthony Shafer

            Ya u right we have to wait and see what they going do

    • not everything is about money. sometimes life just slaps you upside the head and you feel a need to do something, sometimes anything, before your own time comes along.

      the rush to instant judgement in our society today just sucks. all i can say.

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Yes!!!!!

  • Anthony Shafer

    Who care about the money it’s about prince he touch alot of ppl hearts and change the same as mj did same thing and they band wanted to show their fans prince still with us even tho he not here in fresh blood meaning in human. We miss him and we wanted to keep his love and music going!!!! Love you prince and we all missing you!?

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    I doubt these folks are in it for the money. I doubt it will be a large scale tour. A tour would need to be epic scale to make money. This is about finding a way to honor that time and that experience.

    Anything with Wendy and Lisa in it will be all good.

  • Rose

    OMG I’m going!!!!! Already thinking of who can babysit!! This makes me feel better since Prince has passed.

  • John Shipe

    I can’t imagine that this is about money. This is about affirming joy.

  • TRUTHSEEKER

    WHOA…… DONT EVEN BOTHER FINDING OUT WHO KILLED HIM.. LETS JUST DANCE..
    ON HIS GRAVE!!!! HE NEVER WANTED A REUNION, HE MADE THAT CLEAR. HE
    DAMN SURE DIDNT WANT GRACELAND!!! AND, HE CUT THESE FOLKS OUT OF HIS
    LIFE LONG AGO.. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS!!! SO WHO IS THE SELF PROMOTION..
    REALLY FOR? GUESS IT WAS EASIER FOR THEM, TO JUST LET THE WORLD THINK
    HES AN ADDICT!!! THAN TO BOTHER, QUESTIONING.. ALL THE LIES!!!! OR THE
    ATTACHED AGENDAS/$$$ SO ITS REVENGE???? NOT EXACTLY A TRIBUTE.

    IN FACT, DISGUSTING TO HIS MEMORY AND WORK. -OLDFRIENDS4SALE

  • TRUTHSEEKER

    THEY WERENT THE ONLY BAND.. AND TO EXCLUDE THE BETTER VERSIONS
    AFTER.. SAYS ALOT TOO. #CONTROLFREAKSMUCH? BUT WE ARENT
    GRAVEROBBERS!!! FIRST WE WILL FIND OUT, WHO MADE IT LOOK LIKE AN OD..
    AND, SET HIM UP.. THEN KILLED HIM!!!!! FOR HIS ASSETS!!! AND LEGACY!!!!

    -NPG