Prince’s Bandmates: Where Are They Now?
Over the course of his nearly 40-year career, Prince worked with dozens of musicians. We're taking a look at what they contributed to Prince's music, and what they've done since leaving his employ.
Although he had been in a band in high school called Grand Central and done some session work with a Minneapolis band called 94 East, on his first two records, Prince was a one-man band. He played guitar, bass, keyboards and drums with no small degree of fluency.
But as with nearly all artists, in order to become a star, he had to go out on the road, which meant forming a band. By the time of 1999, he had assembled the Revolution, five musicians based on the Sly & the Family Stone model -- white and black, male and female, to back him up, both on stage and in the studio. The success of Purple Rain, both the album and the movie, seemed to solidified their position in his growing mythology.
However, by 1987, he dissolved the Revolution and went back to doing nearly everything by himself again, primarily only using others for horn and string parts. Then he put together another band, the New Power Generation, for 1991's Diamonds and Pearls. Named after a song on 1990's Graffiti Bridge, they went through various lineups for the next decade or so before they, too, were disbanded. In the last few years of his life, he worked with 3rdeyegirl, an all-female trio proficient in heavy funk-rock.
Below, you'll read about all of those men and women, and many others who contributed to his records throughout the years. This includes those he mentored on projects of their own as they were working for him.