Bobby Z., formerly of the Revolution, is having an all star line up for his MyPurpleHeart.Org charity organization tomorrow night at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis. Questlove will also be doing a special DJ set there Friday night.
His former boss, as Bobby calls him, PRINCE had a message for Bobby this week on our Spreecast show:
"PRINCE would like to thank Bobby Z. for his continued support and pledges his friendship for eternity. All the best."
The Saturday event will star the tribute performance "Princess" featuring Maya Rudolph (of SNL fame) and Gretchen Lieberum , followed by a celebrity-filled concert including Questlove (of The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ), Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson , Dr. Fink, Alexander O'Neal, Stokley (of Mint Condition), Nicholas David (Minnesota contestant from The Voice) and more surprise celebrity guest artists.
Bobby joined us on Spreecast before to talk about the event and his days playing with PRINCE & The Revolution, which you can watch above.
We will have another PRINCE Spreecast this Wed. that you can join by clicking HERE. We will be discussing all the news on PRINCE and any late-breaking news as well.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Much Love 2 Bobby Z.
This weekend marks the 28th Anniversary of "Purple Rain" the movie. Within a week of its release, it would be number 1 at the box office, joining "When Doves Cry" as the number 1 single, and the "Purple Rain" soundtrack as the number 1 album on Billboard. Prince was the first artist to ever to hold all 3 at the same time.
It was Prince's 6th CD, the official debut of his group The Revolution and most importantly, his major motion picture debut. The summer of 1984 belonged to Prince. My favorite song (along with hundreds of others) by Prince was dominating my stereo. When Doves Cry got worn out on my record player. I had to replace the cassette copy of the entire album every 2 months. I killed it.
This movie had several stories going on, and it succeed, unlike "Rock Of Ages" earlier this year.. From the performances with the Revolution and The Time and Apolllonia 6, no rock/music movie has ever matched up to Purple Rain since it's release. EVER!
I just wanted to honor Prince and those that made the movie and the music so special to me and millions of others.
So Prince, Albert Magnoli, William Blinn, Susan Rogers, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Billy Sparks, Jill Jones, Charles "Big Chick" Huntsberry, Dez Dickerson, Prince, Brenda Bennett, Susan Moonsie, Alan Leeds, Israel Gordon, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark, Jellybean Johnson, Mark Cardenas, Gerald E, Hubbard Jr., Paul Peterson, Jesse Johnson, 1st Avenue, The People Of Minneapolis and Prince, thank you. Thank you so much.
There are a few photos I took of some personal items that have ended up in my possession over the past few years. Some you may have seen before. I felt on this anniversary, I would pull them out for you. Much Love always.-Dr.FB
The Revolution, a band Prince formed in the 80's and was known as Prince & The Revolution has reunited tonight in Minneapolis at 1st Avenue, where "Purple Rain" the movie was filmed.
We will have more information and footage later.
The purple million dollar question is....will Prince show?-DocFB
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