The Revolution Drummer Pays Tribute To Prince On Anniversary Of Death

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April 21, 2017 | 11:10am EST

The Revolution drummer Bobby Z paid tribute to Prince on the one year anniversary of the music icon’s death.
Prince was 57 when he died at his Paisley Park home on 21 April, 2016. Twelve months later and those closest to the Purple Rain legend are still struggling to come to terms with his tragic passing, with Bobby Z, the drummer for the late singer’s most famous backing band, remembering his former boss in an emotional interview.
“A huge part of my life was gone. It was very surreal for a long time,” he told Minnesota’s Star Tribune. “I was secluded. It took months to come to grips with it especially the way it ended. It’s still extremely difficult. It’s not what I expected. It’s a completely unimaginable outcome.”
“I knew him when we were unfamous together. That’s the part I needed to talk about the most at the official tribute in October. The sense of humor. He was human. There were moments when he was just kind and thoughtful. He was there for me when I was at my sickest. He was the first guy to call the hospital. That is as important to me as playing in the Revolution. My personal relationship with him for 40 years is part of my DNA. I have to look at the world in a completely different way now.”
The Revolution, fronted by Wendy Melvoin and also comprising Brownmark, Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman, are gearing up to begin a short four-date spring tour on 23 April.
And it’s playing with the group, who appeared on three classic Prince albums and in the film Purple Rain, that has helped ease Bobby’s pain.
“Playing the music is what really makes me feel better,” he explained. “The Revolution is kind of a safe zone. We can laugh together. It’s very cathartic. We got together right away. It was so important that we do that. The Revolution felt like a real family. The band never really breaks up. We’re always emotionally attached. I feel better playing those songs.”

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