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....
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!!
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."
— Bobby Z (@BobbyZ1999) May 24, 2013
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.:
Much Love & Light to Bobby Z., PRINCE, & 3rdEyeGirl.-DocFB
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.
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.
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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!!!
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.
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
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.....
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?