( 4UMF NEWS ) Prince’s Band The Revolution Announces Reunion Shows:
The Revolution is ready to party in 2016.
In the wake of Prince’s sudden death last week, his former Paisley Park backup band will reunite in his honor, its members announced Tuesday in a Facebook video.
“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,” guitarist Wendy Melvoin said, sitting front and center among her bandmates.
“And we want to let you know that we’ll be there soon, so we want to let you know now. So thank you, and see you soon.”
The band members — including Melvoin, bassist BrownMark, keyboardists Matt (Doctor) Fink and Lisa Coleman, and drummer Bobby Z. — did not provide further details on dates or venues.
Members of The Revolution, which disbanded in 1986, were featured prominently in Prince’s cult-classic “Purple Rain” film and soundtrack in 1984, as well as on his albums “1999,” “Around the World in a Day,” and “Parade.”
The group has reunited sporadically over the years, including at a 2000 Prince concert in Minneapolis and the 2006 BRIT Awards. Following Prince’s death, Melvoin and Coleman said they were on their way to Minneapolis to meet up with the others.
“We’re gonna go back and get together with our bandmates and grieve,” Melvoin told TMZ at the airport Monday.
The Purple One, 57, was found dead Thursday at his Chanhassen, Minn., compound. He was quietly cremated Friday and honored by family and friends Saturday at an intimate Paisley Park memorial service.