The Revolution is preparing to make waves once again.
The band, best known for its work alongside legendary musician Prince, has announced a new series of live dates. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the band will perform four select dates this spring.
Response to the announcement was immediate, with one of those shows – a performance in New York – selling out in less than an hour. Now, new live dates have been announced beginning with a pair of performances at Paisley Park in Mineapolis, MN on April 20 and 21.
The group’s tour schedule, which is listed below, currently includes nine performances. A nationwide tour is in the works with more dates to be announced soon.
THE REVOLUTION Tour Itinerary:
April 20 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN
April 21 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN
April 23 Metro Chicago, IL
April 24 Metro Chicago, IL
April 27 The Fillmore Silver Spring Washington, DC
April 28 BB Kings New York, NY
April 29 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
April 30 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
May 3 Webster Hall New York, NY
More dates TBA
The Revolution has been quiet ever since it was announced last year that Prince had passed away so unexpectedly. Having had time to cope with their friend and mentor’s passing, The Revolution re-grouped and talked about the next step.
Each member agreed the band needed to go back on the road to celebrate Prince’s life and legacy. Guitarist Wendy Melvoin, who joined the band as it evolved, said arranging the tour took a lot of discussion and time. She added the band’s silence following Prince’s death was intentional.
“The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?,” Melvoin said. “We’ve been really quiet, and we did that consciously, because we were grieving and didn’t want to be disrespectful. But the fans wanted the chance to feel the energy so we just want to give it back, letting them experience what we were as a band for Prince.”
Drummer Bobby Z agreed.
“Prince said that music medicine,” Bobby Z said. “People need it, and we need it, and we can make it as authentic as we can. In honor of him, we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
The Revolution originally formed in 1979 with Prince on vocals, Matt Fink on keyboards and Bobby Z on drums. Multiple lineup changes would follow with Lisa Coleman being added to the group on keyboards and piano, Melvoin on guitar and Brown Mark on bass.
The group is best known for its work with Prince in his hit ‘Purple Rain.’ The song earned the group two Grammy ® awards and an Oscar for Best Original Score in Prince’s 1985 movie by the same name.
Along with those accolades, the group worked with Prince on Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day and Parade. Songs from those albums and from 1999, on which some of The Revolution’s members played, earned the band a handful of #1 hit songs.
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