The Revolution echo Prince's greatness at Rock the Garden

The Revolution take a bow.
The Revolution take a bow. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
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  • Computer Blue 04:51
  • Take Me With U 03:00
  • Let's Work 05:06
  • 1999 04:12
  • Kiss 05:07
  • When Doves Cry 05:39
  • I Would Die 4 U / Baby I'm a Star 06:46
  • Purple Rain 06:45
  • Mountains 03:48
  • America 03:59
  • Erotic City 03:44

The Rock the Garden audience went wild for The Revolution, Prince's backing band from the early '80s. Wendy Melvoin (guitar), Lisa Coleman (keys), Dr. Fink (keys), Bobby Z (drums), and Brownmark (bass) were unstoppable, opening with "Computer Blue" and storming through six other Purple Rain hits with vocal assists from Stokley of Mint Condition. They even played "Erotic City" with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on lead vocals. "These songs belong to you. We're just the band," Melvoin says before the renowned opening chords of "Purple Rain."

Songs performed


Computer Blue
Take Me With U
Let's Work
1999
Kiss
When Doves Cry
Let's Go Crazy
I Would Die 4 U
Baby I'm a Star
Purple Rain

Tune in at 10 a.m. each day the week of August 7 to hear highlights from the main stage acts at Rock the Garden 2017.

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  • Wendy Melvoin gets the crowd going.
    Wendy Melvoin gets the crowd going. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The revolutions brings down the main stage.
    The revolutions brings down the main stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The Revolution Emmet Kowler Rock the Garden
    The Rock the Garden crowd watches The Revolution (Emmet Kowler for MPR)
  • The Revolution Evan Frost Rock the Garden
    Brown Mark (Evan Frost)