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!!!
The Revolution, a band Prince formed in the 80's and was known as Prince & The Revolution has reunited tonight in Minneapolis at 1st Avenue, where "Purple Rain" the movie was filmed.
We will have more information and footage later.
The purple million dollar question is....will Prince show?-DocFB
The classic "Purple Rain" movie is playing in Los Angeles tonight at the New Beverly Cinemas, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the film.
Prince's royal gem will be playing at midnight and it is $7.00 to attend. It should be a fun time and could take your mind off of other things going on, that's for sure.
We will see you there. As for the star of the film, we hear he is in Minneapolis. We hear the girl that Jerome Benton threw in the trashcan will be there though.-Dr.FB