Prince played with so many talented musicians over the course of his 40-year career, but his most celebrated and iconic allies will always be Bobby Z, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink & Brownmark; The Revolution.
After performing scores of shows and major music festivals, including this year’s ACL Festival, over the past 18 months the band is as tight as ever and ready to share with fans their plan for a year ending run of shows, including a New Year’s Eve celebration at House of Blues in Dallas. The group will continue to perform in January with several new shows announced in California, before heading over to Europe for their first tour in 33 years! As with previous runs in Europe several of the shows are all sold out immediately. Full itinerary is below.
The quintet’s back to back Sunday ACL sets drew over capacity crowds to the Tito’s Vodka Stage with Austin’s KVUE declaring, “The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers didn't bring enough air freshener to contain the funk emitting from the Tito's Handmade Vodka stage Sunday night. The Revolution, the melodic and versatile band behind music icon Prince, drew in a massive crowd to their 6 p.m. set,” adding, “If you didn't know better, you would have thought Prince was performing on stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.” While Rolling Stone called their set “The Best Family Reunion” of the first weekend saying “Tito’s Vodka tent could hardly contain the throng...spilling out into the field”
The Revolution were the group that backed Prince during his rise to fame on his greatest work, including 1984’s world-conquering film and chart topping soundtrack Purple Rain as well as appearing on 1999, Around The World In A Day, Parade and Sign O’The Times.
After Prince’s passing in April 2016, The Revolution immediately re-connected but stayed out of the public eye until a series of three triumphant, emotional shows at the historic First Avenue club in September of that year. Fans flew in from around the world to witness the band at the site where the concert scenes in Purple Rain were filmed. When they were approached to perform at Paisley Park as part of the celebration of Prince’s life on the first anniversary of his passing, they decided it was time to take The Revolution show back on the road.
The following April, the band returned to the stage to perform the music that they helped create with Prince. To much critical and fan praise, the quintet set out on the road, hitting much of the U.S. throughout last summer. While taking a quick break, it became obvious that there were many parts of the country that also wanted to see the reunited band perform. Additionally, after more than thirty years since their only full European shows with Prince (The Parade ‘Hit And Run’ tour of August 1986) the band have decided to return there in February 2019 for a handful of very special shows in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris and London.
Though Prince first teased the band’s name on the 1999 album cover, The Revolution was given the full spotlight on Purple Rain, which went on to sell more than 20 million copies, spend 24 weeks at Number One on the album charts, and win two Grammys and an Oscar. The project marked the very first time that an artist had a Number One album, single, and film simultaneously.
In the intervening years, all the members continued to have successful musical careers. Melvoin and Coleman never stopped working together, initially as recording artists and then as in-demand, Emmy-winning composers of movie and television scores. Bobby Z and Dr. Fink remain staples of the Minneapolis music scene, working with local, national, and international talent out of their own studios; Bobby also hosts a popular weekly radio show. Brownmark founded and led the band Mazarati and currently produces several projects with his production company BrownmarkNation.
“Prince said that music is medicine,” says Bobby Z. “People need it, and we need it. In honor of him, we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
THE REVOLUTION On Tour:
October 26 Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
October 27 The Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
October 28 The Strand Providence, RI
**Announced October 15 - (Tickets available on October 19th)
December 29 Emo's Austin
December 30 House of Blues Houston
December 31 House of Blues Dallas
January 19 The UC Theatre Berkeley
January 20 The Fillmore San Francisco
THE REVOLUTION- 2019 EUROPE
February 8 Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
February 10 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands (sold-out)
February 11 Cigale Paris, France
February 13 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, UK (sold-out)
February 14 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, UK
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