Since the passing of Minnesota music icon Prince, there have been a lot of tributes in honor of the Purple One (even here, with a JOE-DOWN review of “Purple Rain“). Perhaps one of the most interesting ones to come will be the reunion of The Revolution, Prince’s band for a large portion of the 1980s and his band in the film “Purple Rain.”
The Revolution members Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z., Brown Mark and Matt Fink made the announcement on Facebook. No other details are available as of now, but it is pretty cool that the band will be getting back together (at least, a version of the band, it had some lineup changes in its day) to celebrate Prince.
Since Prince’s passing, many, many musicians have taken the stage to honor the man. I will post a few here. As you can see, musicians from all genres loved Prince.
First up (and my favorite) is the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen showing his respect:
The cast of “Hamilton” also showed their respects with “Let’s Go Crazy.”
The Dixie Chicks covered “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Also, this is one of my favorite songs of all time.
Corey Taylor (of Slipknot), who played First Avenue the night Prince passed away, covered “Purple Rain.”
Stevie Wonder played a little “Purple Rain” as well.
Mumford & Sons covered “Nothing Compares 2 U” in St. Paul the night Prince passed away.
Fantasia covered “Purple Rain.”
Chris Stapleton covered “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan covered “The Cross.”
Liz Phair covered “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Phish shared its cover of “1999” from a 1998 performance on Facebook.
And Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour added some “Purple Rain” into the second guitar solo during “Comfortably Numb.”
But as awesome as these were, I’ll leave Prince’s 2014 performance on “SNL” here.