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