Four months after Prince’s death, it seems those closest to him have overcome their grief enough to pay tribute to the pop god. His Purple Rain co-star Apollonia Kotero wrote a devastating letter to him a couple days ago on Facebook, and his band, the Revolution, reunited last night at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
The Revolution last performed together as a unit four years ago. They had a spare guitar onstage just in case the Purple One decided to show up and rock out, but he didn’t come. It seems like he joined them in spirit last night for the first of three sold out nights at the stalwart venue in his hometown where the Purple Rain concert scenes were shot.
The performance feels special, even through a tiny embedded screen. A choked-up Wendy Melvoin took the stage with drummer Bobby Z, bassist BrownMark, keyboardists Lisa Coleman and Dr. Fink, and guests Dez Dickerson and André Cymone. They performed a bunch of their hits, and neo-soul crooner Bilal also helped out with his raspy high register on “The Beautiful Ones,” “Private Joy,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss.” Mayte and Apollonia also lended their voices. Melvoin said of the experience: “If Prince saw this right now, he’d be in tears.” Watch footage of the performances below via Yahoo Music.