Prince fans were in for a treat Thursday, Sept. 1 at famed music club First Avenue — the venue in the late performer’s hometown of Minneapolis, where many of Purple Rain‘s concert scenes were filmed. That’s because the Purple One’s iconic backing band from the ’80s, The Revolution, took the stage and performed an emotional tribute honoring their late bandleader, who passed away in April.
It was the first time The Revolution had reunited since 2012. Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Mark Brown, Bobby Z and Dez Dickerson were joined by bassist André Cymone and Purple Rain co-star Apollonia for an emotional, cathartic performance that included renditions of “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “The Beautiful Ones,” “Sometimes it Snows in April,” “1999,” “Baby I’m a Star,” “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.”
According to a Yahoo Music report, Wendy Melvoin greeted the crowd by saying, “I encourage every one of you to take every one of these songs and make them your own. Sing along, so he can hear you!”
Fans were asked to remain silent during “Sometimes it Snows in April,” but many of them openly weeped.
Another highlight of the night happened as neo-soul singer Bilal took the stage to lend his sultry vocal presence to “The Beautiful Ones,” “Private Joy,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss.”
And of course, they played the iconic “Purple Rain” with Wendy Melvoin on vocals.
With a club that has so much history bursting out of it, it was a nice touch to see some of those old memories come alive with this special performance.
(via Yahoo Music)