Bobby Z – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:33:54 -0800 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Wendy & Lisa help carry on Prince’s Revolution at The Fillmore https://martineztribune.com/2019/01/21/princes-revolution-continues-at-the-fillmore/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:26:40 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10312 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER As difficult as it seems to comprehend that Prince has been dead for nearly three years, that reality is quickly approaching. Just months after the unexpected death of David Bowie in January 2016, the shocking passing of the Purple One on April 21st at the age of 57 cemented the second half …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

As difficult as it seems to comprehend that Prince has been dead for nearly three years, that reality is quickly approaching.

Just months after the unexpected death of David Bowie in January 2016, the shocking passing of the Purple One on April 21st at the age of 57 cemented the second half of this decade as a period of great loss for the music world that will never be forgotten.

George Michael, Tom Petty and Aretha Franklin are just a few of the many iconic musicians that have passed away in the last three years. But thankfully, the music of Prince lives on through The Revolution, the multi- talented backing band throughout his most creative period during the mid-1980’s.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Guitarist Wendy Melvoin of The Revolution performs during the bands appearance Sunday night at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The band played nearly two hours worth of material from the early 80’s when they were Prince’s backing band during the era of “Purple Rain.”

The Revolution morphed into the band that would back Prince predominately from the release of “1999” in 1982 through the hey days of “Purple Rain” two years later. That created a phenomenon for the movie of the same name and sold over 1.5 million copies the first week it was released and over 25 million worldwide to date.

Clearly a highly talented band in it’s own right, the evolution of The Revolution began in 1979 when drummer Bobby Z and keyboardist Matt “The Doctor” Fink joined Prince. The final line-up including Wendy Melvoin on guitar, Lisa Coleman on keyboards and Brown Mark on bass was solidified in 1983.

Unfortunately one of the traits that the band inherited from their former lead singer was the penchant for taking the stage unfashionably late. But once they arrived, they proceeded to deliver an electric 105 minute set documenting one of the most productive five year stretches in music history.

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Lisa Coleman of The Revolution performs during the bands appearance Sunday night at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The band played nearly two hours worth of material from the early 80’s when they were Prince’s backing band during the era of “Purple Rain.”

Opening with “America” from 1985’s “Around the World in a Day,” the band, with Melvoin  on lead vocals, performed as close to a definitive overview of their era as one could ask for. The melodic “Take Me With You” and Jill Jones danceable “All Day, All Night” were highlights of the first part of the set, but the it was the final dozen songs that validated The Revolution’s role in the birth of MTV along with something of a mythical status.

The non-stop selection of sing-alongs featured “Raspberry Beret,” “Erotic City,” “1999” and “Let’s Go Crazy” to start. From there they turned the clock back even further for extended renditions of “Delirious” and “Controversy” before following with “Kiss,” the third No. 1 single from 1986’s “Parade” and it’s fellow chart-topper “When Doves Cry.”

While the band didn’t get personal much over the course of their set with the exception of a few shout outs to their host city of San Francisco, Melvoin stated everything that needed to be said before the band launched into “Purple Rain,” their Pièce de résistance. Speaking from the heart about Prince, she stated “It’s just a monumental loss. This group of people is doing it for you guys, the fans,” before imploring the crowd for their assistance in singing along to the signature tune.

Returning to the stage for an encore of “I Would Die 4 U” that segued into “Baby I’m A Star,” there was nothing more for the quartet to give. They had given their all to an appreciative crowd and everyone left happy.

Though it’s an impossibility that anyone will ever replace the diminutive one who was larger than life, The Revolution is far from being a cover band. And far from being a mere nostalgic act, their return to the music scene gives fans a chance to both enjoy and embrace the legacy of one of the most significant musicians of our time.

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Prince’s Iconic band The Revolution to perform at The Fillmore https://martineztribune.com/2019/01/15/princes-iconic-band-the-revolution-to-perform-at-the-fillmore/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:21:26 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10296 Prince played with 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 …

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Prince played with 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 plans for the 2019 including a January 20th performance at The Fillmore.  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.

At the Austin City Limits Music Festival,  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 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.

Tickets for Sunday’s show at The Fillmore are available here: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/1C005543D857C153?f_PPL=true&ab=efeat5787v1.

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