“Can’t wait to go to MN to DJ at @FirstAvenue following Wendy/Lisa/Brownmark/Fink/& Bobby’s first show in almost 10 years,” Roots drummer Questlove tweeted last night, setting off a firestorm amongst avid Minnesota music fans. Questo is referring to next month’s reunion gig by Prince backing band the Revolution, which takes place February 19 at First Avenue.
It’s not the first time Questlove has expressed his superfandom for Prince and all his related projects and bands; I remember interviewing St. Paul Peterson last year about a reunion gig by the Family (who now go by fDeluxe) and hearing that Questlove lists the 1985 record The Family among his favorite records of all time, and that he’d invited the band to perform at his Grammys party. That invitation was the catalyst for fDeluxe’s reunion and the songwriting process that led to their new CD.
Questlove has mostly been tethered in New York City these days, where he leads the band on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show, so it’s even more exciting that he’ll be in town to lead the dance party. The afterparty will be free to those who purchased tickets to the Revolution show, and $10 for those who can’t make it until later in the night.
The Revolution gig and subsequent afterparty will raise money for MyPurpleHeart.org and the American Heart Association, and falls on the one-year anniversary of the date that Revolution drummer Bobby Z suffered a heart attack and landed in the hospital.
“Life is completely different now,” Z reflected in an announcement about the event. “Every moment has a new appreciation… This concert is for the fans. I am so honored and thrilled that the Revolution will join me in this celebration of my recovery. This will be an intimate show with music and stories.”