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29May
2013
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Bobby Z. & Andre Cymone Talk PRINCE & Music History! Watch Now!

Seth, Doc, Bobby Z, & Andre Cymone Screencap: Baron

Fresh off of playing "Purple Rain" with PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl on Saturday, former "Revolution" member Bobby Z. joined us on spreecast with myself & Seth Everett. That's not all. Andre Cymone joined us as well to talk about the early days of PRINCE and the Minneapolis Sound!

Bobby shared his experience of playing with PRINCE again and we had Andre on to talk about his song "My Best Friend" dedicated to his mother Bernadette Anderson.

Bobby went to say how much Mrs. Anderson meant to everyone and then the stories of the infamous basement and rehearsal jams started. Epic.

Make sure to catch all the action above!

We want to thank Bobby Z., Andre, U, and PRINCE for this amazing show.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Now...about those plastic pants....

28May
2013
6

Bobby Z. Is The Special Guest On This Weeks PRINCE Spreecast!

Bobby Z. Photo: Facebook.com

Bobby Z. will be a special guest on the PRINCE Spreecast hosted by DrFunkenberry & Seth Everett!

Bobby Z. played with "Purple Rain" PRINCE and 3rdEyeGirl this weekend at both shows at The Myth this weekend. Although Bobby played briefly with PRINCE back in 2000 at an event called "PRINCE: A Celebration" at his Paisley Park studios, he hasn't played "Purple Rain" with him since about 1986-87.

You can watch the show above or click on the link HERE!

It will be a fun show and we are working on another surprise for U all during the show!-DocFB

Diagnosis: Thanks 2 Bobby Z., PRINCE, 3rdEyeGirl, and U!!

24May
2013
7

Bobby Z. Will Play “Purple Rain” With PRINCE At The Myth!

Bobby Z.  Photo: Travis Anderson/TwinCities.com

Bobby Z. announced via Twitter this morning that he will be playing "Purple Rain" with PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl Saturday at the Myth in Minneapolis!

In 2011, Bobby Z. suffered a heart attack and PRINCE reached out to the former Revolution member through DrFunkenberry and stated that he wants Bobby to get better and play "Purple Rain" with him one more time. The icon stated then:

"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."

We contacted Bobby Z. regarding his announcement and he had this to say:

"I am honored to be asked by Prince & the incredible 3rdEyeGirl 2 play Purple Rain with them!"

There are rumors (According to John Bream, we started them) that The Myth will be one long show instead of 2. So far, it is still 2 shows and we do not know yet which one Bobby is playing. Both? You don't want to miss this!

Ticket info below.:

Early Show

Late Show

Much Love & Light to Bobby Z., PRINCE, & 3rdEyeGirl.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Kick-drum....

8Mar
2013
5

PRINCE Thanks Bobby Z. For His Support; Info On MyPurpleHeart.Org Event

Bobby Z.

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."

Very cool.

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.

For more information on MyPurpleHeart.org and for tickets to the event, click on the links provided.

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.

31Jan
2013
11

Exclusive! The Revolution’s Bobby Z. Talks PRINCE; “He Is Better Now & Keeps Getting Better”

Bobby Z.  Photo: Travis Anderson/TwinCities.com

Bobby Z. formerly of PRINCE & The Revolution joined DrFunkenberry & Seth Everett on our weekly Spreecast last week to talk PRINCE and take questions from the fans, where nothing was off limits.

If you can avoid being distracted by my hat, you will get a look at PRINCE that only Bobby Z. would know about.

Bobby shared with us after being asked by a fan that PRINCE played drums on "Head" and "Darling Nikki" and almost everything up until 1986.

Bobby called PRINCE "The greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Click HERE if video is not showing above

Also in the spreecast, which you can watch in it's entirety above, Bobby discussed that PRINCE was always first with technology and Bobby implemented a lot of digital drums and triggers on stage.

Bobby feels PRINCE is a better musician than in 1984 and he keeps getting better ("Still got momentum" "Still moving forward")

Prince Bobby and Roger Linn of the Linn drum invented the INTERFACE so the Linn Drum box could be played on DRUM PADS LIVE.

PRINCE was progressive and an innovator from the start.

Bobby and PRINCE both  used drum synthesizers.

Bobby admits that He was just copying what Prince did in the studio when performing live.

Also one of the first people (if not THE FIRST) to play samples like BOMB sounds via the DRUM PADS.

Bobby thought Prince was The "Greatest Piano Player He Ever Heard" as soon as they met....

The original core of the first band was PRINCE, Bobby Z., Andre Cymone. The original NPG trio? Hmm.

He also spoke of how impressive it was that even as Prince was starting out, people of the likes of Bowie and Wahol would come out to see them play because of how amazing Prince was.

Prince would say things like "We are gonna play SNL" and "We are gonna make a movie" and then those things would happen.

Bobby also shared his story of his heart attack 2 years ago and his charity event in March for MyPurpleHeart.Org.

The entire interview delves into so much that if you are a fan of PRINCE and wanting to hear stories never heard before, watching the SPREECAST is a must! We are working on getting a podcast version of the interview.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Don't miss the story of THE Time versus The Revolution in a Waffle House!!!

21Jan
2013
4

Former Revolution Member Bobby Z. To Appear On Spreecast; More MyPurpleheart.Org Event Details!

Bobby Z.

We are very happy to announce that Bobby Z., formerly of PRINCE & The REVOLUTION will be joining Drfunkenberry and Seth Everett on Spreecast This Wednesday January 23rd at 10 P.M. Eastern to discuss MyPurpleheart.org's event on March 9th, PRINCE's Dakota Jazz Club Shows Last Week and take questions from the fans!

You can watch the spreecast live HERE and also can access it after it airs!

Bobby Z. & The American Heart Association present the 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life Event. The event will be held March 9th and will feature:

Princess featuring Maya Rudolph (SNL, Up All Night) and Gretchen Lieberum, followed by a celebrity-filled concert featuring Questlove, Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O'Neil, Stokley of Mint Condition, and more surprise celebrity artists.

MyPurpleHeart.Org

Bobby Z., best known for being a member of PRINCE & The Revolution and starring in the blockbuster Grammy award winning and Oscar Award Winning movie "Purple Rain"-was in critical condition after having three blocked arteries cause a heart attack in February of 2011. Doctors were able to open his blockages with three stents which has allowed Bobby to make a full recovery.

"Life is completely different now," Z said. "Every moment has a new appreciation. I'm so honored and thrilled to be able to give back and hope that my story will help raise awareness and save lives. This will be an intimate and fun show with music and stories."

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bobby's "My Purple Heart" organization and the American Heart Association for continued heart-health education.

General admission is $65.00 and VIP admission is $150.00 VIP admission includes entry into the VIP party starting at 6 P.M. with apps, commemorative photos and a chance to meet and mingle with Bobby Z. and some of the celebrity performers.

Tickets go on sale Friday January 25th First-Avenue.com

You can find more info HERE and HERE.

Don't forget to tune into the spreecast with Bobby Z, DrFunkenberry & Seth Everett this Wednesday January 23rd at 10 P.M. Eastern time and for your chance to talk with Bobby Z.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Condition Of The Heart.....

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20Jan
2013
45

Listen Now! “Chapter & Verse” By PRINCE & The NPG From Dakota

3rdEyeGirl is at at it again! They just put out a live soundboard recording of PRINCE & The NPG performing "Chapters & Verse" from the Dakota shows in Minneapolis!

Be prepared for the funk and hopefully we will get more than this gem soon!

Bobby Z. of the Revolution said that the Dakota will never be the same after these shows. Just like First Avenue wasn't the same after "Purple Rain" back in the day.

Who are we to disagree?

Are U even reading this???? Press play and shake! After all, U never know how long this might be up!-DocFB

Diagnosis: Where my upstroke?

7Dec
2010
26

PRINCE & The Revolution’s “Purple Rain” Get Grammy Induction + My Thoughts

Purple Rain Original Movie Poster

Purple Rain Original Movie Poster

We woke up this morning with an email from the Grammy Board letting us know that the classic "Purple Rain" will be inducted in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Album's are only eligible after 25 years of release and to be honest, with the other albums nominated, Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain" is the young pup.

With such stellar material, from the opening organ of "Let's Go Crazy" to the duet of "Take Me With U" to the feelings and emotions of "The Beautiful Ones", those 3 tracks alone would have made this a top 10 album of all time.  But why stop there?

The raw funk of "Computer Blue" to the nastiness of "Darling Nikki" which helped create the PARENTAL ADVISORY label on records and increase sales of every act by doing so.  Then came the track that stood out like Sofia Vergara in a tight dress; "When Doves Cry" the song that to that point would be Prince's crowning achievement.   "When Doves Cry" is what makes a Prince song Prince's...and no one else's!

Then he takes it up a notch and throws a dance party in our honor.  "I Would Die 4 U" and who would disagree that he wouldn't?  "Baby, I'm A Star" is an artist who knew he was about to hit the big time and no one would forget how bright his star would shine. 

Then, the title track.  "Purple Rain" a song so good, it needed a movie named after it.  There are 2 things the industry got wrong in the 80's; "Purple Rain" only making it to #2 on the Billboard singles charts and Rolling Stone making "Purple Rain" only the 2nd greatest album of the 80's, giving the title of #1 to "London Calling" by The Clash.  Is it too late for a recount now?

Aside from me wearing out 3 copies of "Purple Rain" on cassette the first summer I ever discovered it, this is more than just a movie soundtrack; this album, and Prince's music itself, is a soundtrack to people's lives.  The body of work that Prince along with the Revolution and others he has worked with is beyond compare. 

Quite simply, no one can touch Prince.  No one can touch Purple Rain.  You could line up the best producers of the past 25 years and they couldn't touch it.

I want to thank Dr. Fink, Brownmark, Bobby Z., Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman for getting me through some times in life where all I had to turn to was your music, your sound.  Words could not express what it means so please just take my thank you and know that there is so much more behind it.

To Prince, thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you for the music.  Thank you for the drive you had inside yourself to create something so amazing, so funky, so full of emotion and feeling, that it has moved generations.  Despite what people think, we don't know each other on any level, only on the professional sense, but your music has been a friend when in need, and sometimes, it's better that way.  No taking, just always giving. 

 Again, I thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for giving us your gift of your music and "Purple Rain" and I congratulate you on another award that you so deserve.

Much Love and kick some tail for me this month in Jersey and New York.-Dr.FB

27Jun
2009
91

Prince & Michael Jackson Were Friends?

Prince & Michael Jackson.  Photo: MSN.Com
Prince & Michael Jackson.  Photo: MSN.Com

Prince & Michael Jackson. Photo: MSN.Com

Prince and Michael Jackson were friendly rivals?  Seriously? According to former band members of the Purple One, it's true.

A report in the Startribune, Bobby Z., Prince's drummer for the Revolution, remembers watching the 1984 Grammys with Prince as Michael Jackson swept the Grammys.

"We were watching rough cuts of [the movie] 'Purple Rain,' and we knew that's where Prince wanted to be the next year," Z said Thursday.

Michael Jackson even showed up to 2 Purple Rain shows backstage.  Although Michael Jackson did want to work with Prince a few years later, Prince declined due to lyrical differences.

Michael Bland insisted they got along fine.  "They'd shoot hoops at Paisley Park," Prince's studio/home in Chanhassen. "We used to get packages from MJJ Productions [with] footage of Sly Stone performing in Europe. Prince would pop it in the VCR, and we'd watch it."

Prince even defended Michael at a press conference in 2000 where he said something along the lines of "we don't really know what is going on with him and maybe we need to chill on that." (I can't find the original transcript so paraphrasing people.)

Personally speaking, I did see Michael Jackson attend one of Prince's shows at 3121 Las Vegas in 2006 with Wil I Am of the Black Eyed Peas and Chris Tucker. Michael did not make the after show as planned where he was to be seated with Michael Jordan.

Recently, Prince has been performing Michael Jackson songs in his sets, "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and recently "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5

It's nice to know my favorite artist Prince had an interesting connection with Michael that many of us did not know, beating him in hoops I am sure. -Dr.FB