The Revolution are reuniting to honor Prince

The reunited Revolution at a 2012 First Avenue charity gig.

The reunited Revolution at a 2012 First Avenue charity gig.

From 1979 to 1986,  Wendy Melvoin, Brown Mark,  Bobby Z., Lisa Coleman, and Matt Fink played as the Revolution, the backing band that supported Prince on his groundbreaking album Purple Rain.

Now, after spending the past week together mourning their bandleader's sudden death at 57, the five funk rockers have decided to reunite.

Via a video posted on Brown Mark's Facebook yesterday, the band announced very nonspecific plans to "come out and do some shows," with the only time frame being given as "soon."

The Revolution, which also consisted of 10 other musicians other than this classic, original lineup, backed Prince on 1984's Purple Rain, 1985's Around the World in a Day, and 1986's Parade. They supported the Purple One during countless live shows throughout the '80s. 

As The Fader notes, the Grammy Award-winners had previously reunited in 2014, though Prince was not a part of the show. Melvoin and Coleman most recently were seen alongside The Artist at the 2006 Brit Awards, where they performed three songs from his then-new LP 3121.

It's fair to speculate that this golden age lineup should have no problem finding a place on the roster at any local Prince tributes. First Ave seems like a very likely location for the fivesome to reappear.


Watch the cheeky, cagey announcement video below.