The Revolution Announces Reunion Gigs
A few days after Prince’s death, drummer Bobby Z, bassist Brown Mark, guitarist/vocalist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist/vocalist Lisa Coleman, and keyboardist Dr. Fink posted a video online saying they planned on playing some shows together and that they would see fans soon.
The Minneapolis gigs are scheduled Sept. 2-3 at First Avenue. “An Evening with The Revolution” features special guests Dez Dickerson and André Cymone. Dickerson played guitar in Prince’s backing band from 1973-1983. Cymone backed Prince on bass from 1979-1981.
“Only by playing for you, the fans, can we be Prince’s Revolution. He gives Us 2 oneanother now, as we all start to heal and fill forever emptiness with sound. 2gether, we are The Revolution,” the group said in a joint statement posted on the venue’s website.
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.
“When we first spoke to The Revolution, and the conversation turned to a possible reunion, it only seemed natural to bring them to First Avenue – to bring them home,” venue general manager Nate Kranz said.
The group last performed at a 2012 American Heart Associated benefit concert. The Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that Dickerson also appeared at the reunion.
Tickets for both shows go on sale July 8 at 11 a.m. CDT. VIP tickets are available. Visit First-Avenue.com for more information.