Prince's best known backing band reunite and promise live performances
Prince's best known band The Revolution have reformed to play some live shows. They announced they were getting back together in a video made by members Wendy Melvoin (guitar/vocals), Lisa Coleman (keyboards/vocals), Mark 'BrownMark' Brown (bass/vocals), Robert 'Bobby Z' Rivkin (drums) and Matt 'Dr' Fink (keyboards) and shown via Brown's Facebook page.
Though the band had existed in putative form since 1979, the first album officially credited to Prince & The Revolution was 1984's Purple Rain, which featured significant input from Melvoin and Coleman in particular. Following the expansion and eventual dissolution of the band after their tour supporting 1986's Parade, Melvoin and Coleman continued to work together as a duo while their former bandmates pursued solo careers and in the case of Fink, continued to work with Prince.
Over the years there have been reunions involving various configurations of ex-members. In the late 1990s, Prince toyed with the idea of releasing the Revolution-backed album Roadhouse Garden (named after an unreleased and widely bootlegged fan favourite recorded live in 1984). In 2000 he played a Minneapolis show where he was joined by Fink, Rivkin and Brown for a version of "America". In 2012, the band – without their leader – played a benefit show at First Avenue, Minneapolis, where the live segments of the Purple Rain movie were filmed.