NewsArts & Culture / May 9, 2017

Prince's Former Backup Band Plays The Vogue Sunday

Bobby Z, one of the five members of The Revolution, says after a year of mourning the death of the pop icon, it was time for the band to get back on stage.Prince, The Vogue, The Revolution2017-05-09T00:00:00-04:00
Prince's Former Backup Band Plays The Vogue Sunday

Bassist BrownMark, left, answers a question as the original members of Prince's 1980's band, The Revolution, from second left, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboarders Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman and drummer Bobby Z, look on.

AP Photo/Jim Mone

Updated May 10 at 10:15 a.m.

It’s been just over a year since the death of music icon Prince.  Now one of his most popular back up bands, The Revolution is touring the country celebrating his music.  This Sunay night they play The Vogue in Broad Ripple.

Bobby Z, one of the five members of The Revolution, says after a year of mourning, it was time for the band to get back on stage.

"Grief has turned into expression and needing to express ourselves and the only way to kind of conjure him back up is to create these sounds and songs and feelings that his music creates,” he says. 

Bobby Z says the first time the band played the song “Purple Rain” without Prince, was brutally raw.

“It felt like slow motion my hands were just playing the song , almost a dirge in itself,” he says.

Even though it’s been nearly 25 years since Prince’s music topped the charts, it has a timeless quality.

"A lot of music in pop culture is just two-four or four-four, everything is just pretty simple. But with Prince there was so much activity in even the simplest beats," Bobby Z says. "He played his notes the way a mathematician plays with numbers.  Things would be accented a little bit differently and every listen with a Prince record you can hear a little bit different or more depth or something you didn’t realize.”

Bobby Z says the band will continue this tour for the rest the summer and may release some unreleased music of its own after that.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the concert was Saturday, May 13. The Revolution will play the Vogue on Sunday, May 14.

 

 

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