29 years ago today, on June 25th, 1984 an album was released that changed the landscape of music. That album is "Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution.
"When Doves Cry" was released on May 16, 1984 and dominated radio becoming the song of the summer and giving "Purple Rain" the album and movie, the promotion it needed with just that one song. It helped that the album had immensely strong material.
But what if "Purple Rain" was something like a relationship? How would it go?
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. 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
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
Just when you thought Leann Rimes version of "Purple Rain" was bad, video surfaces of a 6th grade Angelina Jolie covering the song with classmates
I am sure you all can figure out where Angelina is with the kids. Oh boy. This is some comical stuff here and we are surprised it has never surfaced before.
The video footage was provided by snakkle.com and even features her covering "Stand By Me" which we have below.
Ahhh Angelina. As a singer, she made a great actress.-DocFB
OK, we need to end the NBA lockout...NOW! Marc Cuban covering "Purple Rain" by Prince is making us beg for the owners and players to reach an agreement.
The owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and hopefully future owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Marc Cuban hit a local bar last night and instead of us giving us a mouthful of purple badness....and I mean badness in the bad sense.
At 2:17 he makes me shake my head. At 2:34 his friend hits notes that made dogs cover their ears in a 50 mile radius.
Kobe. Kevin. Mr. Stern. Mr. Cuban. Please end the lockout now. My ears cannot take anymore. Please. I rather hear Prince gloating over a Kevin Garnett dunk over Kobe Bryant then hear any other NBA player or owner cover him.
Having to hear Marc Cuban say "Come on, get nast!?" is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
Don't get me wrong Marc. I still want you to buy the Dodgers, but please, put the microphone down.-DocFB
Diagnosis: We get this but not Dave Grohl and Prince jamming? Seriously?
When I ran into the Time in August, there was no mention of a name change. All they told me is that everything is coming together and its time, for them, to return.
In mid-September, it is announced they are now called The Original 7ven (The band Formerly Known As The Time) and have a new album, "Condensate" which is out now. The Original 7ven consists of all the original members of The Time, Morris Day, Jimmy Jam. Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Monte Moir, Jellybean Johnson, and Jerome Benton.
A member of The Time calls me about the name change. "Ahh. We got you on that, didn't we? We were able to keep it a secret until we wanted it out there."
Covering Prince is not the easiest thing to do, but Stacy Francis covered "Purple Rain" on X Factor pleasantly last night.
Nicole Sherzinger picked this song for Stacy, which was a ballsy call because, as I said, it is hard to cover Prince. She brought it. She has the vocals and in some places, she used her voice where it wasn't exactly needed, but it was great.
Many have tried to cover "Purple Rain" and failed. Badly. Yes, Leann Rimes, I'm talking about you. Stacy is on to the next round. No. Doubt. About. It.
Stacy Francis gets the funk pass.
Let's see; A Prince wannabe in the first few rounds of X Factor. A former protegé auditioned. Now, Stacy Francis covers "Purple Rain" by Prince. 3 Princely things in 4 weeks. I am saying it again. I will be surprised if we do not see Prince on X Factor sometime during this season. & he knows it, I don't know Y.-DocFB
Diagnosis: She Can Guide Me Anywhere...For A Few Hours....
Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph took the Troubadour stage in Los Angeles over the weekend to cover "Darling Nikki" by the one and only Prince. Maya got the pipes and she should since her mom is soul legend Minnie Ripperton.
Maya performed the Prince classic that Prince only plays before he goes to rehab. She wore a trench coat...not sure if she had leg warmers n bikini briefs underneath..but that is another story isn't it? I like the girl next to her wearing the captain's hat. Wonder if she is an "International Lover" or something. (Crickets chirping.) No? Never mind.
She even performed the backwards message at the end of the track.
They did not perform the version of it that made Tipper Gore blush, but closer to a tribute version that Rebecca Romijn performed about 10 years ago.
Check it out before it gets pulled faster than Nancy Grace will be off of "Dancing With The Stars" next month.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: I Knew A Girl Names Maya....