MUSE Michael Sandoval sits down with Wendy Melvoin of The Revolution after their set at this past weekends, Arroyo Seco Weekend held in Pasadena, CA.
This is a special interview if the guitarist from the famous well known band conducted a day before the 34 Anniversary of Purple Rain album and the influence of Prince for them as musicians.
The Revolution rose to international fame in the mid 1980s with Purple Rain, the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1980s and sold over 16 million albums in the United States alone. The band achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums (Purple Rain and Around the World in a Day), six top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and won three Grammy Awards. The band officially disbanded in 1986 at the end of the Parade tour.
Since the sudden shocking death of their friend and musical mentor last April, the funk-rock- R&B band has remained mostly silent. All five members of the band have traveled through the terrible gamut of emotions since learning of Prince’s passing. Aside from three sold-out shows at the famous Minneapolis venue, First Avenue, the birthplace of Purple Rain, The Revolution has been quietly pondering its next steps.
“The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?” said Wendy. Soon the answer became crystal clear — bring everyone together in the spirit of love and music. The Revolution would rise up and tour again in tribute and support of their beloved friend. “We’ve been really quiet, and we did that consciously, because we were grieving and didn’t want to be disrespectful. But the fans wanted the chance to feel the energy so we just want to give it back letting them experience what we were as a band for Prince,” adds Wendy.
The Grammy® Award winning group is now rehearsing for the tour and are ready to bring back their powerful music and spread a message of hope, love, and unity. “Prince said that music is medicine,” Bobby relates, “People need it, and we need it, and we can make it as authentic as we can. In honor of him, we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
To find out where you can see The Revolution next please visit http://therevolutionofficial.com/