Prince’s band The Revolution Reunites For Honor Tour

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
April 27, 2016 Updated: April 28, 2016

Prince’s former band, The Revolution will tour the country, in honor of their once lead vocalist.

The news was announced via band member, Mark Brown’s Facebook page on Tuesday, April 26.

The Revolution reconnected to grieve the death of the “Purple Rain” singer, when they decided to perform shows in cities across the nation.

“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,” Wendy Melvoin said on behalf of the band. “We want to let you know that we’ll be there soon, so we want to let you know now.”

Prince formed the The Revolution, a multi-racial and multi-gendered band after the release of his first album, “For You.” Initially the band went without a name until their appearance in Prince’s 1984 film, “Purple Rain.” 

The band members—including Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark, keyboardists Matt (Doctor) Fink and Lisa Coleman, drummer Bobby Z, and several other members who came and went throughout the years—rose to fame in the 1980s with albums, “Purple Rain” and “Around the World in a Day,” selling millions of records. They also won three Grammy awards.

The Minneapolis based musicians disbanded in 1986, but did perform alongside Prince in 2000 in their hometown and at the 2006 BRIT Awards. 

The legendary musician was found unresponsive in his Minneapolis home, Paisley Park Estate, on April 21 and died shortly afterward. He was 57. Prince’s home—which is set to be turned into a museum—has since become a common ground for fans to pay their respects to the late musician, leaving purple flowers, balloons, and photos. 

The news of Prince’s death shocked Melvoin and keyboardist Lisa Coleman, who were spotted by TMZ at Los Angeles Airport en route to Minneapolis the following Monday, April 25.

“We’re gonna go back and get together with our bandmates and grieve,” Melvoin said.

Dates or cities have yet to be determined.