Prince’s Band The Revolution to Tour U.S.

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Prince and the Revolution (Photo by Larry Williams)

The late Prince’s former band The Revolution has announced its first tour in over 30 years. The band will pay tribute to its former leader during an extensive series of dates off in response to the overwhelming reaction of February’s surprise announcement of their reunion. The jaunt, which was originally just six dates, including a special performance at Paisley Park, quickly expanded when demand made it necessary to add second shows in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The quintet is now set to bring its new show to the rest of the U.S. The current itinerary ends on July 17th, with more dates expected to be announced soon.

The Revolution formed in 1979 when Prince joined drummer Bobby Z and keyboardist Matt Fink. Over the next four years, several formations would. The final lineup included Lisa Coleman on keyboards/piano, Wendy Melvoin on guitar and Brown Mark on bass. The Revolution was credited on three Prince studio-albums: Purple Rain, Around the World In a Day and Parade, while some members also played on 1999. Together, they earned multiple #1 hits, as well as two Grammy Awards and an Oscar, with the song “Purple Rain,” for Best Original Song Score in 1985.

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After being asked to perform at Paisley Park on the first anniversary of Prince’s death, says a press release, the group felt it was time to take The Revolution back on the road. The complete schedule, as of today, is below.

The Revolution (Photo by Nancy Bundt)

The Revolution Tour Itinerary

April 21 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN
April 23-24 Metro Chicago, IL
April 27 The Fillmore Silver Spring Washington, DC
April 28 BB King’s New York, NY
April 29-30 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
May 3 Webster Hall New York, NY
May 4 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
May 12 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
May 14 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
May 15 Mercury Ballroom Louisville, KY
May 16 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
May 18 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
May 20 Majestic Theater Detroit, MI
May 21 Phoenix Theatre Toronto, Ont
June 14 House of Blues Dallas, TX
June 15 House of Blues Houston, TX
June 16 The Aztec Theater San Antonio, TX
June 17 ACL Live Austin, TX
June 21 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
June 22 House of Blues San Diego, CA
June 23 Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
July 11-12 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
July 13 Artown Reno, NV
July 14 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
July 15 The Showbox Seattle, WA
July 17 Britt Pavillion Jacksonville, OR

More dates TBA

Watch The Revolution perform in 2016

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Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff Tamarkin

Best Classic Bands Editor Jeff Tamarkin has been a prolific music journalist for more than four decades. He is formerly the editor of Goldmine, CMJ andRelix magazines, has written for dozens of other publications and has authored liner notes for more than 80 CDs. Jeff has also served on the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as a consultant to the Grammys. His first book was 'Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane.' He is also the co-author of 'Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.,' with Howard Kaylan.
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