The Revolution Planning Reunion Shows

After mourning the sudden death of their former band leader, members of Prince’s backing group The Revolution say they’re getting back together for some live shows.

The Revolution, which was active from 1979 to 1986, was featured on Prince’s 1999 and Around the World in a Day, along with the soundtrack albums Purple Rain and Parade.

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The group unveiled its reunion plans with a video posted on Facebook. Drummer Bobby Z shared the video on his own page and wrote, “I will miss my Best Friend eternally… The Artist forever known as Prince. But, we’re still a group, right? I thank you all for your words and support. Rest In Peace My Brother, Love, Z”

In the video Bobby Z is joined by bassist Brown Mark, guitarist/vocalist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist/vocalist Lisa Coleman, and keyboardist Dr. Fink.   

“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,” Melvoin tells fans. “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 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the video was recorded during a private memorial gathering at the Cosmos bar at Minneapolis’ Loews Hotel Sunday night. The event’s attendees also included members of the New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl, as well as Prince’s siblings and first wife.

Bobby Z tells the newspaper that The Revolution’s tour plans are “very much in the infant stage.” Stayed tuned.

The Revolution last took the stage during a 2012 American Heart Associated benefit concert. The Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that guitarist Dez Dickerson also appeared at the reunion.