In true Prince fashion, the partying won’t stop when his Revolution bandmates finish their three tribute concerts at First Avenue later this week, and some special guests will show up, too.
Questlove of the Roots and “The Tonight Show” will DJ for the after-parties on Friday and Saturday night at the club, while local spinmeister Jake Rudh will also head up a late-night dance fest following Thursday’s gig. The parties -- scheduled 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. each night -- will be open to all Revolution ticketholders, and a limited number of extra tickets are on sale now for $10 via First Ave outlets. First Ave also released a small amount of extra tickets to the Revolution shows this morning.
Along with the dance-party announcements, First Ave also confirmed that Prince’s “Purple Rain” co-star Apollonia will also appear at this week’s Revolution concerts. Both Apollonia and Questlove have appeared with the Revolution’s members in recent years at First Ave for drummer Bobby Z’s My Purple Heart fundraiser shows.
Well-known as a Prince fanatic, Questlove planned to spin a Prince tribute set at First Ave in May as the after-party for the Soundset festival, where the Roots played (and slayed). Perhaps still raw from Prince's death a month earlier, he changed his mind and stuck mostly to old-school hip-hop. He half-apologized at the end of his set after only spinning one Prince rarity ("Cloreen Baconskin"), telling the crowd, “It goes without saying I love this city. I'll make it up to you next time with a Prince set.” Looks like he’s a man of his word.
Click here for Jon Bream’s moving interview with the Revolution band members from Sunday's newspaper.