Four months after their one-time leader’s tragic death, Prince‘s legendary 1980s backing band, The Revolution, got back together to play some of the boss’ most beloved hits on Thursday night (Sept. 1) in Minneapolis for the first of three shows this weekend honoring his legacy. Taking the stage at the iconic First Avenue club — where much of Purple Rain was filmed — Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Mark Brown, Bobby Z and Dez Dickerson were joined by bassist André Cymone and one-time Prince paramour and Rain co-star Apollonia for a run through songs including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “The Beautiful Ones,” “Sometimes it Snows in April,” “1999,” “Baby I’m a Star,” “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.”
As one fan noted, several of Prince’s ex’s were on hand along with Apollonia, including former wives Mayte and Manuela Testolini and one-time girlfriend Susannah Melvoin (Wendy’s twin sister).
Wendy and Lisa played a touching acoustic version of “Sometimes it Snows in April.”
Of course there was a “Purple Rain” sing-along.
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Little Red Corvette”
And Bilal hopped on the mic for a crazy good run through “The Beautiful Ones.”