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18Feb
2011
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Exclusive! PRINCE Reaches Out To Former Revolution Member After Heart Attack

Bobby Z. & Wendy Melvoin. Exclusive Photo For DrFunkenberry.com Courtesy NPG Records 2011

Bobby Z. & Wendy Melvoin. Exclusive Photo For DrFunkenberry.com Courtesy NPG Records 2011

 Former PRINCE & The Revolution member Bobby Z. had a heart attack earlier this month.  He has since been released and is back home.  His former boss has a special treat in mind for him and fans.

PRINCE will be funking up the Oracle Arena next week in Oakland and PRINCE and company are rushing to get a new "Cali4nia" tour book ready for opening night!  Tickets are selling fast, so you better hurry.

The shot above taken from the Parade era featuring PRINCE, Bobby Z., & Wendy Melvoin will be in the new version of the tour book.   Also, other shots taken at PRINCE's recording studio Paisley Park and his run of sold out shows at Madison Square Garden will be featured as well. 

PRINCE & The New Power Generation wants Bobby Z. to come out soon to join the tour and play "Purple Rain" with him.

Prince had this to say exclusively to DrFunkenberry.com;

"Nobody plays drums on the song "Purple Rain" like Bobby.  Never flashy or loud, he plays like a slow burn love song.  Bobby's way of playing made each live rendition of the song better than the last."

Hopefully, Bobby will be able to play "Purple Rain" soon. 

What do you guys think of the photo and PRINCE's comments about Bobby Z?-Dr.FB

P.S. to download a full resolution version of the photo, just click on it n save.

51 comments
Samuel Gerard Nelson
Samuel Gerard Nelson

I am so proud of what my cousin continues to do as a musician and an humanitarian. I'm so glad to know that he has not forgot about his former band mate and drummer. Since Prince was introduced to us musically we all have been introduced to his band mates as well and nobody can or will be able to top Bobby Z. when it comes to the drums. The 1999 and Purple Rain albums proves that. GOD bless Prince for all he does musically and beyond and Bobby Z. for his contributions as the ultimate drummer and for a full recovery! Peace.

Djreggieregg
Djreggieregg

What Bobby z did in the Revolution days,can not be duplicated... The Master of the linn Drum Machine............ Get well soon bobby the world needs u!

Octave Shaper
Octave Shaper

It is so great when such great artists, such as Prince, who from normal people's eyes seem to live in a world of their own, are able to make such great gestures! Well done

Octave Shaper
Octave Shaper

It is so nice when such great artists, who from normal people's eyes seem to live in a world of their own, are able to make such sweet gestures!

SERPAN99
SERPAN99

Hi...can we get an update on that Cali4nia tourbook? Will it b sold at the last Oakland concert? THx.

Michael...
Michael...

The "WORLD" bends back upon it self. Its hidden meaning being age of man. This is revolution. At the end and beginning the age of man meets the end times, and every knee be bent and every man's ego be brokened if not by their own doing.

Muzicluva3121
Muzicluva3121

I thought he was supposed to turn up! I didn't hear of him!

Wesley Hunter
Wesley Hunter

This is a great gesture for Prince to much to Bobby. Prince is really opening up and showing people the kind of man he really is and that man is good people. keep doing your thang brother.

PhillyNPG
PhillyNPG

I love this story. I just hope that the book is as lovely as it sounds. Regardless of what people think Prince has a heart

Dan Woods
Dan Woods

Everyone just should really chill and relax- It's very exciting, these new developments, I know, believe me, I've been in a Purple Fog since Welcome @ America was announced. This Revolution business is serious lyrics to those who hold the music so close to their hearts, I knoe I'm one of 'em. Prince taught me a lot early on about emotions through his music, and for that I'm more grateful now than ever....

DeeLucks
DeeLucks

If Bobby Z never plays again, he has done more than enuff 2 support his legacy. He should njoy da fruits uv his labor.. However, if he does play at Prince's request, it could b Prince's way uv spending time with him, bcuz 2 spend time with Prince can only b thru music... In all, I'm sure Prince iz more concerned about Bobby's health than most would give him credit for.. As for the treat, it would b more fun if we wouldn't try 2 figure out wut it iz... Afterall...... DON'T U LIKE SURPRISES.......... eye do

Chocolate_Box777
Chocolate_Box777

@Modernaire "Now that I would go to. But until that happens, I don’t care if these shows end up just in my backyard down the street Staples Center. I’m not attending. I’m done" I don't know why U so called fans continue 2 post or make any negative comments on these sites. U need 2 take the negativity else where. That is a horrible thing 2 say. Prince is his own vision. The past is what it is the past....Its his life and career. He has showed his appreciation & grievance and U still not satisfied. I can't believe the negativity is starting 2 show up on this site that Prince supports & U wonder why he shuts down his sites so quickly....

Modernaire
Modernaire

I'm amazed Prince actually has even spoken about his songs and early band members like this. Its almost lamentful at how Prince keeps burying the past and not once speaking in detail about what went behind his songs, in studio and live. Its a great thing to say about Bobby Z. Since the eighties I've been a fan of what Bobby brought to the table in terms of his playing, his style, how cool he looked playing drums and his preciseness and timing. His snare tone to the way he hit cymbals, all that made an impact on me as a kid learning my drums because OF Robert Rivkin! I hope this inspires a reunion of appreciation FROM Prince to The Revolution, whom seem abandoned with no remasters to help ex band members a little with musician life supporting funds if you know what I mean. Appreciate them now Prince - Bobby Z., Dr. Fink, Wendy & Lisa, Dez, Andre, Erica and Atlanta. Those were your peers, they were on your level, they saw your vision out. Not so sure you ever got your groove back after working with all those hired hands post Warner Brothers. But will a full Revolution reunion tour happen? NO. Because Prince is a Jehovah scripturist and he wants the "lion's share". I hope the lion's willing to help out his fellow cats. Now that I would go to. But until that happens, I don't care if these shows end up just in my backyard down the street Staples Center. I'm not attending. I'm done.

Moni
Moni

Yay for Prince! Keep getting well, Bobby! I cant wait til you hit the LA area! Broke or not, Im going to the show!

Royal Rican Prince
Royal Rican Prince

It's great that he is publicly speaking out on Bobby Z's heart attack.

Chocolatsis65
Chocolatsis65

@Seven she (Dancedwithhim) is entitled to write anything she wants. So I suppose u know him and his motives and how many tix were sold for the soul purpose to see HIM! and has sold out in this economy hello??? people have said again n again they just want Prince up there ect, but its soooo nice that he shares he doesn't have to. Who is delusional to think a drummer would sell more tix 4 him u must be dreamin even when Shelia wasn't @ some shows ppl wrote "I go to a P concert to see P" not anyone else. Why do you go? that scares me that ppl like you go. You knew your wrong by sayin "I'll say something positive first" Oh Please don't bother, you say she thinks she knows him so you really do then right? Thats why you say allegedly... By coming to this site for this purpose shows everyone just how smart you are:) so don't worry were anything but concerned with u. I'm just bored and am having a glass of wine had a stressfull day n thought I'd start somethin 4 giggles B4 I go watch a movie

Seven
Seven

Dancewithhim, please don't respond to me again. My comment is my opinion. I'm entitled to it. I didn't come to this site to be questioned by a delusional person who thinks they know Prince because they danced on the stage with him one time. My post is meant for Prince because I know he likes Dr. Funkenberry.com. Don't concern yourself with how smart I am. It doesn't matter.

TheFunkycitric1
TheFunkycitric1

Prince has not performed in Boston sing the Musicology Tour - Can we please get some of this purple -love floating in the air? I know he wants to come here! I think I have to go to the TD BankNorth Garden & get something canceled...Lol... just a joke I don't need the karma - Yet I am so happy for Prince at this time... & HOPEFULLY by the time the tour hits Boston, there will be even BIGGER SURPRISES!

Twinkly1
Twinkly1

Elegant gesture, Prince.

dancedwithhim
dancedwithhim

2 Seven and maybe others, we all have relatives and friends we don´t see the often we'd like, or should, & when something good -i.e. wedding- or bad -i.e. heartattack- happens we manage to see them and to bring them all our love. That's what P is doing, I don´t see any problem in this. Simple. But we like 2 talk, and talk.... is good 2 be that smart, isn´t it??

LexAve456
LexAve456

The pic is SPECTACULAR! I hope that Bobby Z will be well enough to play with Prince again. That is just too cool for school. Thanks for the news Doc!

Faces
Faces

Beautiful picture! But people, is prince growing a belly?

Seven
Seven

I'll start with something postive. It's great Prince gave money to a Harlem school, a dance academy and dance theater. IMO Prince loves pimping people for his own selfish reasons. Allegedly Prince owes millions for failing to perform a Dublin show in 2008. It's hasn't been easy for Prince to sell out arenas on his own like he use to. Prince, Bobby Z is recovering from a heart attack! This promotional tactic to promote the California tour is very self-serving. Don't use Bobby Z to sell concert tickets for your Oakland show. It's tacky. Why haven't your fans seen Bobby playing with you over the past 15 years if nobody plays drums on Purple Rain like Bobby? I hope this concert will at least help Bobby Z financially.

Seven
Seven

I'll start with something postive. It's great Prince gave money to a Harlem school, dance academy and dance theater but Bobby Z is recovering from a heart attack Prince. IMO Prince loves pimping people for his own selfish reasons. Allegedly Prince owes millions for failing to perform a Dublin show in 2008. It's hasn't been easy for Prince to sell out arenas on his own like he use to. Prince, Bobby Z is recovering from a heart attack! This promotional tactic to promote the California tour is very self-serving. Don't use Bobby Z to sell concert tickets for your Oakland show. It's tacky. Why haven't your fans seen Bobby playing with you over the past 15 years if nobody plays drums on Purple Rain like Bobby? I hope this concert will help Bobby Z financially.

DBallad
DBallad

At his last concert at MSG in NYC, Prince also stated that Bobby was one of the people who helped him get to where he is today. I have no doubt of the love, and I too am wishing for Revolution reunion. Keep in mind, Bobby needs time to heal, so it may not be so soon. In any event he is definitely in my prayers for a speedy recovery. Peace & Positivity

ann wagner
ann wagner

great that prince is playing out west is it just me but the whole ballerina thing is silly we were at MSG for concert and it was awesome but leave the ballerina home.

controversy12
controversy12

I like that Prince has opened up to share his feelings about Bobby Z & it would be awesome if they could share the stage again. When they do get to perform Purple Rain again I hope its recorded on HD/DVD so the world will get to see it . . . I LOVE the picture !!!! I want that program book . . . too bad I'm not in Cali. Thanks for the info Doc I love your site I don't get to come around as much as I used to. . . keep up the good work

MoonPool
MoonPool

Condition of the ♥ - All round :) ☮

Muzicluva3121
Muzicluva3121

That would be great if Bobby played! Prince is so lovely for doing that!

Dan Woods
Dan Woods

Prince, If You can read this, reaching out to Bobby has all of our Purple hearts overjoyed- You know how bad we just want to You all together again- This is the Holy Grail to Prince lovers around the world. the Revolution won't be televised, but it will be immortalized... Come to Portland,OR & Seattle- our moneys green! Positivity, Dan Woods

Muzicluva3121
Muzicluva3121

Prince is so sweet! i hate it when people sometimes say he doesn't care because maybe he does but he doesn't want to say anything. No doubt the folks over THERE will have something to complain about!

Mirri
Mirri

That's a beautiful pic <3 Yes Bobby playing PP -gr8 thinking Prince <3 ..and the circle closes. Love4oneanother

darcy
darcy

So appreciative of Prince. So much disappointing YUK music being pumped out in today's world. We love you Prince..

VIOLETSKYE
VIOLETSKYE

TOO WHOM MUCH HAS BEEN GIVEN MUCH WILL BE EXPECTED from Angel

ertccty
ertccty

I feel like a dream will soon come true! :) COME ON REVOLUTION & THE TIME!!!!!

Musgrave
Musgrave

What a Classy and Refreshing Change of events! God Bless - Bobby. Well Done - Prince. Musgrave - Chicago

Chocolate_Box777
Chocolate_Box777

That is a very nice gesture on Prince part. His mind is always creating and working on ideas that no one ever think of. Get well Bobby Z.

Sbacon1999
Sbacon1999

Awesome pic and a sweet gesture. Glad Bobby Z is on the mend - would love to see him on the tour! Can't wait for Oakland shows!!!

sboogie
sboogie

That ia really sweet of Prince... Showing once again what a class act he is. Hopefully when Bobby Z. is feeling better, he'll take him up on it!!

rdhull
rdhull

Anyone feel something else is in the works what with the last tour poster being Controversy enlarged as well?

wally
wally

There is no engagement ring on his finger yet! Wonder who the lucky lady will be that gets to marry this beautiful man and have his babies. The line is looooong! Bobby Z better come on out and play, that will be epic .

amina
amina

I love this photo! Prince, you so classy! I would love to see a mini revolution reunion at one of the Welcome to america shows. I got a similar poster of Prince posing with his guitar infront of the controversy album cover from one of the msg shows. Damn, I need this man not to be so sexy STILL.

Star2011
Star2011

wow amazing pic its nice 2 see Prince show his fellow bandmates love with a caring heart

Star2011
Star2011

wow amazing pic its nice to see Prince talk about his fellow bandmates with a caring heart thanx 4 sharing the info

Klick
Klick

That's great news! Can't wait to get that tou book. And I got my tix for Mondays show. OWWA! Klick

rubymoon53
rubymoon53

The picture is great. Prince's comment about Bobby's drumming for "Purple Rain" is right on.

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