Drfunkenberry.com
21Sep
2011
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Former Prince Proteges Fdeluxe Return To The Scene

The band formerly known as "The Family" returns after 25 years...and a name change.

Fdeluxe features Paul Peterson (St. Paul) Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson, and the lovely and talented Susannah Melvoin. They are the creation of the musical genius Prince.

Prince gave them top-notch songs such as "High Fashion", "Mutiny". "River Run Dry", the ultra funky "Screams Of Passion", and the classic "Nothing Compares 2 u" that Sinead O'Conner covered and made a career out of.

Their 2nd appearance ever, at an event called the Family Jamm in 2003, where I was lucky enough to attend, showed that the music was still fresh.

As Fdeluxe, they have put together an album entitled "Gaslight" which I will be reviewing hopefully before they perform at The Largo this Friday night in Los Angeles with Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman, aka Wendy & Lisa.

There are some jams on that as well.  Although there was no input from the person that put them together in the first place, Prince would be proud.  He had an eye and ear for talent, and they possess it.

Last Friday, the band performed their 3rd show ever at The Loring Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It is easy to get nostalgic when you take about 25 years per album.  It makes it easier when you have people such as Questlove producing and working with you.

The one thing I cannot stress enough is, when you have talent like this group does, it really doesn't matter what your name is.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Friday Night Will Be A Family....Reunion

Comments (8)
  1. I am SO EXCITED to see them!!! Can’t wait to see everyone at Largo too. It will truly a Family reunion!!

  2. I saw them perform as “The Truth” (minus Susannah) about 2 years ago. They cut an album then too. It was Eric Leeds, St. Paul, Jellybean and Kirk Johnson.

  3. Corrrection made. Thank you.

  4. I was at the Fdeluxe show last Friday night at the Loring Theater (not 1st Avenue as reported here).

    It was Funk-a-licious! Their perfoance of Mutiny was really fantastic. During the encore, they played new balad on the piano from the album which was sweet and beautiful. Ricky Peterson (St. Paul’s older brother was awesome guesting on the organ).

    All’n’all… Great show!

  5. Last Friday’s show in Minneapolis was at the Loring Theater, not First Avenue. And it was really, really fun.

  6. I can’t wait ’til Sunday in Oakland!!1

  7. saw them in chitown and they were funky back in the day


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