Prince's band The Revolution reunited for tribute at First Avenue in Minneapolis
Famed Minneapolis venue First Avenue hosted the event
The Revolution banded together Thursday night for one purpose: to honor their late founder, Prince.
Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, Mark Brown, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z shared the stage at Minneapolis’ First Avenue club, where the band frequently played in the ’80s, and had a 19-song homage ready. Melvoin, one of the guitarists, regularly handled singing duties in Prince’s absence.
Singer Bilal showed up to repeat his BET Awards performance of “The Beautiful Ones.” Prince’s former protégé and Purple Rain star Apollonia made an appearance for the encore. The set was filled with five other Purple Rain songs and ended with the album’s final two tracks, “Baby I’m a Star” and “Purple Rain.”
The iconic performer and musical mind died April 21. The Revolution announced less than a week later they would reunite. “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 said in the video announcement. “We want to let you know we’ll be there soon.”
See some performances below and the setlist via setlist.fm. The Revolution will play Friday and Saturday at First Avenue.