A Digico SD7 was used to mix a concert put on to celebrate the coming together of Prince's former backing band to raise money for the American Heart Association.
The Revolution shared the stage with Prince for many years and performed on hit singles such as Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Let's Go Crazy. Back in February, the group reunited to celebrate a year since drummer Bobby Z survived a near-fatal heart attack and raise funds for MyPurpleHeart.org and the American Heart Association.
More than 1,500 friends and fans from around the world flocked to the First Avenue venue in Minneapolis and the show also brought back many of the original crew: drum tech Brad Marsh, guitar tech Mike Soltys, and respected FOH engineer Rob 'Cubby' Colby, who worked with the band from 1982 to 1989 and mixed the benefit show on the SD7. Digico national sales manager and Prince crew chief alum Matt Larson was also the show’s production manager, along with Mike Kranz as assistant PM and stage manager.
“One of the more difficult tasks was getting the original sounds that were used, as well as getting gear that we needed to pull it off," said Larson. "In addition, when you try to pull off an event like this with past members of a band, you usually get mixed up into all sorts of legal clearances to protect the rights of the brand. Prince was very gracious to make sure the lawyers did not get involved and allowed us to promote this as a true Revolution benefit, which we respected.”
“Not only was the reunion an incredible show for an incredible cause,” Larson continued, “but also, having all the crew and band together again put it all in perspective. Rallying around Bobby, we were reminded of how precious life is and it renewed the bond amongst the Revolution family – a brotherhood that grew out of touring together so many years ago. And the fact that we were able to raise money for the Heart Association while having a great party was the perfect way to celebrate Bobby’s milestone.”