The Revolution are in the middle of their seven show tour through Europe and the show at the Amsterdam Paradiso was the one they couldn’t wait for. The Netherlands/Amsterdam was the ‘epicentre of Prince & The Revolution’, because wasn’t it here that Prince had his first European success, here where Prince (even in in his underwear) was welcomed with open arms, here where Wendy & Lisa’s relationship was accepted without even thinking about it? ‘This is uptown, this Paisley Park’ and ‘We’re home’, according to Wendy Melvoin.
And, it felt as if they meant it. This was real. Pure joy radiated from the stage. The musicians were well rehearsed and granted each and everyone their moments to shine. From the first beat of America the band and Paradiso were into it. Computer Blue was great. The first emotion (for me, that is) came when 17 Days, kicked in, a personal favorite. Raspberry Beret was a bit messy, but Erotic City all but made up for it. The first moment of introspection came with Sometimes It Snows In April, a beautiful rendition leaving only Wendy & Lisa on the stage. Intimate and fragile, just like the original.
On to the finale: Let’s Go Crazy, Delirious and a über-funky Controversy made the venue explode. The Head synthesizer solo by Dr. Fink was perfect. When Wendy Melvoin played the intro to When Doves Cry the emotion was there, immediately. It is the best song Prince ever recorded and it was proven once again. The evening’s ultimate highlight.
Next up, Wendy Melvoin began her candid (and lengthy) speech about the way she heard about Prince’s passing and how they, as a band, should/could respond to that, without being branded as ‘sell-outs’. She also talked about the significance of Amsterdam and the Netherlands to Prince, The Revolution and the indiviual band members. The apotheosis started: Purple Rain, the emotion could be felt by all during the ‘woo-hooo-hoo-hoo’ part. Melvoin did the end-solo prefectly.
The encore was one big party. After over two hours the show as done. The band said their goodbyes to the sounds of Around The World In A Day and Pop Life.
Ok then, that seems nice and all, but wasn’t this nothing more than a nice evening of nostalgia? Yes and no. Of course nostalgia kicks in. And, by God, Prince is missed so much. His abscence was omni present. But, despite that, the sincerity of the band convinced me. The show turned into a public goodbye to Prince and a particular moment in time. It couldn’t have turned out better than with these musicians, who, out of love for the body of work, put on a show I will remember for quite some time.
America / Computer Blue / Mountains / Take Me With U / Uptown / D.M.S.R. / 17 Days / Raspberry Beret / Erotic City / Let’s Work / 1999 / Sometimes It Snows in April / Let’s Go Crazy / Delirious / Controversy (including Head sytheszier solo) / Kiss / When Doves Cry / Purple Rain
I Would Die 4 U / Baby I’m a Star
- Bobby Z. – drums
- BrownMark – bass/vocals
- Dr. Fink – keyboards/vocals
- Lisa Coleman – keyboards/vocals
- Wendy Melvoin – guitar/vocals
Stokley Williams (vocals)
The Revolution in Paradiso, 10-02-2019 image: paradiso.nl (Lotte Schrander)
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