They will make tour stops in Chicago, Washington, DC, New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco before ending in Seattle on July 15.
The Revolution includes Melvoin, bassist BrownMark, keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman, and drummer Bobby Z. Their set list includes Prince’s synthesizer-heavy 1980s music through his 1987 double album Sign o’ the Times.
“We have the ability now to give people a glimpse of what we experienced with him,” BrownMark said. “And I think that’s a powerful thing. I know it helped me heal.”
As for why the band broke up to begin with, Bobby Z explained. [Prince] did what any boss would do and just put it (the band) to bed. That intense run we had, all those years, it was starting to come apart at the seams, with personalities and under that kind of pressure, just like human beings do, and he just kind of made a decision And he wanted to move on as basically a solo artist with a backing band, no disrespect. But this was a band he was a very critical member of.”
Whether The Revolution will continue beyond this tour is unknown, but Melvoin says, “We’d love to be able to see if there are some legs with this.”