“Purple Rain” The Movie: 28 Years Later

Purple Rain Premiere Ticket/Envelope.  Image Provided By Drfunkenberry

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


“Mutiny/Ice Cream Castles” New PRINCE & The NPG Rehearsal Jam! Listen Now!

NPG Photo: Randee St. Nicholas NPG Records
NPG Photo: Randee St. Nicholas NPG Records

NPG Photo: Randee St. Nicholas NPG Records

Here is the latest rehearsal jam from PRINCE & THE NPG. We have been waiting to share this with you and now, we finally can!!

As we first told you about late last week, this is Prince's musical response to Terry Lewis asking if Prince needed an opening act for his upcoming Australian Tour and was also sent to Paul Peterson of Fdeluxe (Formerly The Family) before anyone else.

We promised you that it is hot, funky, dirty, and will leave you in puddle of sweat.

We want to thank PRINCE for sending this to us!  The rehearsal jam features "Mutiny" and....."Ice Cream Castles"....Listen below......

We are loving it and digging it big time!  Australia, are you ready?  Good Gawd!

As we said over the weekend, Janelle Monae and Deliah are possible opening acts for Prince's "Welcome 2 Australia" leg of the tour.  Will anyone else be coming along?

So what do U guys think of the latest rehearsal jam?-DocFB

Diagnosis:  1, 2, 3, 4, EVERYBODY ON THE DANCE FLOOR!!!


“Thumbs Up For Rock & Roll” For Prince & Possible Tour Opening Acts

Music icon Prince sure has a sense of humor. Along with a musical message to The Time/Original 7ven's Terry Lewis, he sent the video above. This video is too funny. "Thumbs up for rock & roll?" all right then.

When we first saw this video, I was like Waa?.... but by the end, it had us laughing.

Not only was this sent to Terry Lewis but also Paul Peterson aka St. Paul who was in the Prince band, The Family, who now call themselves FDeluxe.

We chatted briefly with Paul about things and will have some very cool stuff coming your way soon, including that new rehearsal jam that PRINCE sent his and our way.  Seriously, we cannot wait to give it to you.  Sometime this week, we promise!!!!!

BTW, make sure to LIKE Fdeluxe on Facebook and also make sure to give their official web site Fdeluxe.com some love as well.  Will they open up for PRINCE on his upcoming Welcome 2 Australia Tour?

Speaking of opening acts, we have heard of some other possible opening acts for dates on the tour;

Delilah and Janelle Monae just MIGHT be in the purple live experience.

What did U think of the video message?

Who do you want to open for PRINCE?

Where's Fluffy?

What did Terry Lewis think?

2 be continued and answered......sooner than U think!-DocFB


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