(Minneapolis, MN) February 15, 2017 – Following last week’s surprise announcement by The Revolution of only four dates, the immediate response from fans has been astounding. The New York show sold-out in less than an hour and now, second shows have been confirmed in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia and are on-sale today. The Revolution are planning a nationwide tour throughout 2017, additional cities and dates to be announced.
The Revolution formed in 1979 when Prince joined drummer, Bobby Z and keyboardist Matt Fink. Over the next four years several formations would emerge until finally Prince found the band he felt could master the challenging musicality of his vision. The legendary final line-up included Lisa Coleman on keyboards/piano, Wendy Melvoin on guitar and Brown Mark on bass. The Revolution was credited on just three Prince studio albums, Purple Rain, Around the World In a Day and Parade while some members also played on 1999. Together they earned multiple #1 hits, as well as two Grammy® Awards plus an Oscar, with the song “Purple Rain,” for Best Original Song Score in 1985.
Since the sudden shocking death of their friend and musical mentor last April, the funk-rock- R&B band has remained mostly silent. All five members of the band have traveled through the terrible gamut of emotions since learning of Prince’s passing. Aside from three sold-out shows at the famous Minneapolis venue, First Avenue, the birthplace of Purple Rain, The Revolution has been quietly pondering its next steps.
“The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?” said Wendy. Soon the answer became crystal clear — bring everyone together in the spirit of love and music. The Revolution would rise up and tour again in tribute and support of their beloved friend. “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,” adds Wendy.
The Grammy® Award winning group is now rehearsing for the tour and are ready to bring back their powerful music and spread a message of hope, love, and unity. “Prince said that music is medicine,” Bobby relates, “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 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
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