fDeluxe performed at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis last night and before it was all over, 2 of Prince's band members from the NPG joined fDeluxe for the encore which turned into an all out jam session!
Morris Hayes sporting a little longer doo nowadays took a spot behind the keyboards while the talented drummer John Blackwell took his place behind the drum kit.
In any indication, having his band members play with fDeluxe, formerly The Family, is a huge indication that the former proteges of Prince are on good terms with him.
FDeluxe consists of original family members Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Jellybean Johnson, and Eric Leeds.
So far, there are no more current dates, but we have heard Paul's desires to bring the funk back to the West Coast soon and Drfunkenberry is going to try and help make this happen.
Stay tuned....because fDeluxe is going to make sure "You Got What You Wanted" when you go to their shows. Also, make sure to pick up the new single of the same name HERE!
The song is a cover of the classic Ike & Tina Turner song. For now, enjoy the photos and again, we will keep you updated when new tour dates are released.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Thanks to "DreamFirstBornImages" for the photos!
Earlier this week, PRINCE released a rehearsal jam exclusively to drfunkenberry.com of "Mutiny/Ice Cream Castles" a response of sorts to if former bands in his Purple Court could open up for him in Australia.
Paul Peterson aka St. Paul of Fdeluxe (Formerly The Family) received the track before anyone else last week....and responded in play to his former boss. They felt Prince was having a little fun with the band, so they thought they would return the serve.
Fdeluxe is Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, and Jellybean Johnson.
The response? "Hot Summer At Menards." Menards is a home improvement store in the Mid-West for those that may not know.
Hmm. "Hot Summer" is a song that Prince gave to the radio station The Current in Minneapolis in June of 2010.
Do they have any garden tools? What do you think of Fdeluxe's response to "Mutiny" and will The Original 7ven/The Time respond as well? We don't think so, but you never know. Will you be going to any "Hot Summer" sales? No? Ok then.
Will Prince respond to this response with an even funkier rehearsal jam? Stay tuned........-DocFB
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!!!
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!!!!!
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?
What did Terry Lewis think?
2 be continued and answered......sooner than U think!-DocFB
2 days after Fdeluxe performed at Largo in Los Angeles, they traveled to the bay area to play Yoshi's.
The performed material they recorded as The Family with Prince back in the 80's and new material they have recorded as Fdeluxe recently.
Here is a clip of them performing "Screams Of Passion" and "Gaslight" at Yoshi's. Thank you to Myles for providing the footage.
They are set to perform in NY shortly. Check out the footage above and let us know what you think.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Let Me Hear You Scream
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
"Nothing Compares 2 u" was written by Prince. It was given for a group he was working with he named "The Family" in the 80's. (More on them on the site soon.) Sinead O'Conner covered the song in early 1990 and released a powerful video to accompany her strong vocals.
Prince won songwriter of the year for 1990 in a Rolling Stone poll for the song. Steven Fargnoli, who managed Prince from the late 70's til 1989 suggested to his new client Sinead to cover the song. The song would catapult Sinead to super-stardom, something that she was not comfortable with.
Prince still performs the song, mostly as a duet. I did hear him sing it solo one time and it was epic. Perhaps the song is too personal for him to perform alone?
There are stories that Prince and Sinead has words about her covering the song that Sinead has verified over the years.
Regardless, here is my grandmother's all-time favorite song and the number 2 video according to an MTV poll, "Nothing Compares 2 U" covered by Sinead O'Conner.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Hunt Down The Family's Version. A Pop Classic. St. Paul, Where U At?