The death of Prince has rekindled the Revolution.
Less than a week after their former bandleader was found dead at Paisley Park, five members of the Revolution posted a Facebook video in which Wendy Melvoin says the group spent a few days together grieving the loss of Prince and decided "that we would like to come out and do some shows."
The video actually has a false start in which a group of five imposters claim to be the Revolution (in the style of TV game show "To Tell the Truth") and then are replaced on a sofa by the actual musicians: Brown Mark, Bobby Z, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, and Matt "Dr." Fink.
No dates or cities for any performances have been announced yet.
The video prank involving the fake members of the Revolution may have been an homage to the kind of rascally sense of humor Prince showed those closest to him.
The Star Tribune reports that not only the Revolution but nearly 100 people who worked with Prince during the 1980s and '90s have gathered at the Loews Hotel across the street from First Avenue in recent days.
Robbie Paster, who was Prince's personal assistant for several years, told the newspaper: "Everybody told funny stories. Prince was a funny guy. He was the joker of jokers.”
Members of the Revolution were performing with Prince when he launched his career in 1979, Rolling Stone reports, although they weren't known as the Revolution until 1984 when Purple Rain was released.
Melvoin became their guitarist in 1982, replacing Dez Dickerson after the release of the "1999" album, Rolling Stone says. After some other personnel changes, the group disbanded in 1986.
They last performed together in 2012 at a benefit concert for the American Heart Association after Bobby Z survived a heart attack, the Star Tribune reports.