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Seven things we learned from the ‘Purple Rain Deluxe’ liner notes

“The Revolution will be heard,” yells a chorus of voices in “Wonderful Ass,” one of the new songs on Purple Rain Deluxe: Expanded Edition. They were indeed; Revolution members guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist Lisa Coleman, bassist BrownMark, keyboardist Dr. Fink, and drummer Bobby Z backed up Prince during his most commercially successful period, from about 1983-86. […]

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UPDATED: The Revolution announce tour dates

The Revolution have announced four late-April tour dates in major U.S. cities. The shows — in Chicago (Metro, April 23), D.C. (Fillmore Silver Spring, April 27), New York City (B.B. King’s, April 28), and Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts, April 29) — will follow the band’s scheduled performance at the Paisley Park Celebration (April 20-23). The […]

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The Revolution say goodbye (for now) to First Avenue, with third epic show

I was eight years old when Purple Rain came out, and it didn’t seem strange to me that Prince was from Minnesota. Everyone important, it seemed, was from Minnesota. Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. Future president (or so we thought) Walter Mondale. Herb Brooks. Why wouldn’t Prince’s purple house be in Chanhassen? Of course, I later learned, it was highly unusual for […]

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