Prince’s Backing Band Planning World Tribute Tour
Prince’s former backing band, The Revolution, are planning a large-scale memorial concert in Minneapolis in August ahead of a global tour to honor the late singer’s legacy.
Keyboard player Matt Fink has confirmed the bandmates, who appeared alongside Prince in the film Purple Rain, are hoping to hit the road in “October or November.”
“We’ll start to do a few shows here in the U.S. and it would slowly ramp up throughout 2017 to possibly go overseas into Europe and Japan, that kind of thing,” Fink tells Rolling Stone.
The group reunited for a charity gig in 2012, organized by drummer Bobby Z, and Fink explains the new show will follow that format, with Wendy Melvoin on vocals.
“We’ll also have guest singers possibly join us on stage,” he adds. “We don’t know who yet – that’s still to be determined. But we have offers from various people who are recognizable.”
The keyboard player admits Prince was interested in reuniting with the Revolution in 2014: “He acted like he was open to it. It’s something that we’ve tried to do over the years… Now we feel like it’s more timely than ever to do it.”
And Fink reveals there’s still a lot of Prince and The Revolution music that fans haven’t heard, in the late music icon’s vaults.
He adds, “At the end of 1986 there were definitely two albums in the can that never saw the light of day. It’s stuff that was recorded with the group and co-written with the group, just a continuation of what we were doing after the Parade album and before Prince made the decision to disband the group.”
Fink tells the publication he and his former bandmates have made “an open offer to Prince’s family to put those (recordings) out as soon as possible.”