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Historic Musical Reunion Comes Together, From the Heart

November 8, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS - For the first time in 25 years, the band that backed Prince during his "Purple Rain" years is coming together for a show in Minneapolis, in partnership with the American Heart Association. The reunion of The Revolution was the idea of drummer Bobby Z, who survived a near-fatal heart attack last February.

"Kind of a celebration and an appreciation for all the outpouring of fans and people around the world that just gave me so much thoughtful prayer and support. And I thought, well, what better way to do that than try to reunite The Revolution and really make a statement, back at First Avenue?"

"Z" says it'll be an intimate show with the music and stories, along with heart-health and life-saving information.

"Heart disease is, you know, the number one killer in the United States. It's been like that for 100 years. It kills more than one in three people - and it's really pretty preventable."

"Z" says a healthy diet along with an active lifestyle are two keys to preventing heart disease, but he says even those who follow the rules still need regular check-ups.

"You know, things are not what they appear and healthiness can still conceal some clogged arteries. So, you've got to get checked out and these are simple things to do. And I know people don't necessarily want to go to the doctor, but you just gotta go."

The concert, billed as a "Benefit to Celebrate Life!" is scheduled for February 19, with tickets going on sale November 21. "Z" says he and his family have received much support during this time from Prince and that he is aware of the upcoming show.

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John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN