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The Revolution on tour (pics from Chicago); deluxe 3-disc ‘Purple Rain’ due in June + other Prince news

Prince’s former band The Revolution are on tour now, paying tribute to the Purple One and playing their best-loved songs. The tour hit Chicago earlier this week for two sold-out shows at The Metro (April 23 & 24) — pictures from night 1, including one of the setlist, are in the gallery above.

The Revolution hit NYC later this week for shows at BB King Blues Club on April 28 (sod out), Webster Hall on May 3 (tickets) and Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on May 4 (tickets). They’ve added more tour dates since our last post, and all are listed below.

Prince died just over a year ago (April 21, 2016). According to Neilson Music, Prince sold more music in the year since his death than any other artist: 2.3 million were in traditional album sales, and 5.4 million were from digital song downloads.

More news; indie label Rogue Music Alliance briefly released an EP, titled Deliverance, of six unreleased songs that Prince recorded between 2006 and 2008, via Tidal before being blocked by Prince’s estate.

You can, though, hear some rare Prince songs in the new three-disc deluxe edition of Purple Rain which is due out via Warner Brothers on June 9. It features the original album, a second disco of single edits, extended versions and b-sides, as well as a third disco of entirely of unreleased music (some of which has been bootlegged over the years). Check out the tracklist, via Variety, below.

The Revolution – 2017 Tour Dates
April 27 The Fillmore Silver Spring Washington, DC
April 28 BB Kings New York, NY
April 29 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
April 30 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
May 3 Webster Hall New York, NY
May 4 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
May 12 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
May 14 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
May 15 Mercury Ballroom Louisville, KY
May 16 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
May 18 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
May 20 Majestic Theater Detroit, MI
May 21 Phoenix Theatre Toronto, Ont
June 14 House of Blues Dallas, TX
June 15 House of Blues Houston, TX
June 16 The Aztec Theater San Antonio, TX
June 17 ACL Live Austin, TX
June 21 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
June 22 House of Blues San Diego, CA
June 23 Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
July 11 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
July 12 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
July 13 Artown Reno, NV
July 14 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
July 15 The Showbox Seattle, WA
July 17 Britt Pavillion Jacksonville, OR

Prince – Purple Rain Deluxe Edition tracklist:

CD1:
01 “Let’s Go Crazy”
02 “Take Me With U”
03 “The Beautiful Ones”
04 “Computer Blue”
05 “Darling Nikki”
06 “When Doves Cry”
07 “I Would Die 4 U”
08 “Baby I’m A Star”
09 “Purple Rain”

CD2:
01 “When Doves Cry (7″ Single Edit)”
02 “17 Days (Single Edit)”
03 “Let’s Go Crazy (Single Edit)”
04 “Erotic City (Single Edit)”
05 “Purple Rain (Single Edit)”
06 “God (Single Edit)”
07 “God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (Instrumental)”
08 “Another Lonely Christmas (Single Edit)”
09 “I Would Die 4 U (Single Edit)”
10 “Baby I’m a Star (Single Edit)”
11 “Take Me With U (Single Edit)”
12 “Erotic City (Extended Version)”
13 “Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version)”
14 “I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)”

CD3:
01 “The Dance Electric”
02 “Love And Sex (5:00)”
03 “Computer Blue (‘Hallway Speech’ Version)”
04 “Velvet Kitty Cat”
05 “Katrina’s Paper Dolls”
06 “We Can Fuck”
07 “Electric Intercourse (Studio Version)”
08 “Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden”
09 “Possessed”
10 “Wonderful Ass”
11 “Father’s Song”

photos by James Richards IV

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