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THE REVOLUTION SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON

WHO BETTER TO CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF A MUSICAL ICON THAN THE BACKING BAND THAT SUPPLIED THE GROOVES FOR HIS BEST WORK?

13 FEBRUARY

LIVE & EVENTS

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In an impassioned speech before main set closer Purple Rain, Wendy Melvoin explains why The Revolution are appearing in the UK for the first time since the Parade Tour in 1986. Devastated by Prince’s death, the surviving five band members “needed to be our best selves in the worst of circumstances”. With their leader no longer here, playing two hours of the magic they created together seemed the best way to honour him. They weren’t wrong. It’s inevitable Prince’s absence is felt. He was both the finest showman and greatest guitarist of his generation; nobody can lose that and not leave a vacuum. But a genius like Prince wasn’t going to surround himself with anything except the best, and The Revolution are in every sense the best Prince tribute band there can be.

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Issue 51 of Classic Pop is on sale now! This month, we have an exclusive interview with Bananarama's Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward as they return with their first new studio album in a decade. We also meet iconic duo Hall & Oates before their UK arena tour and talk to Gary Numan as part of our look into the superfan phenomenon. Classic Pop pays tribute to the wonderful Mark Hollis from Talk Talk and we celebrate the band's iconic Spirit Of Eden in our latest Classic Album feature. Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford take us inside their spiky songwriting partnership and we also hear from Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder about his life as a one-of-a-kind wordsmith. Our packed new album reviews section includes Bananarama, Edwyn Collins, Toyah, Andy Bell and The Chemical Brothers. On the reissues front, we revisit New Order's debut album Movement plus re-releases from Prince, Kate Bush, R.E.M, David Bowie and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Tears For Fears, The Revolution, Holy Holy and Bryan Adams. Enjoy the issue!