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Thread started 07/25/03 11:43am

liltalkm

Sheila E. Unites Prince Bands

http://www.rollingstone.c...?nid=18429
Charity concert planned for mid-December

Drummer/singer Sheila E. is planning a benefit concert in Los Angeles featuring the alumni of Prince's many backing bands. Actress Carmen Electra, discovered and named by Prince in 1991, will host.
"It's going to be all the Prince band members from all the bands, together, for one night only," says Sheila, who goes back twenty years with Prince. "It's never been done before."

All proceeds from the concert -- to be held at either the Los Angeles Forum or the Universal Amphitheater on December 13th or 15th ("we have the time on hold right now," Sheila says) -- will go towards the creation of the Compassion Care Center in Los Angeles, a safe haven for abused or abandoned children that provides education, counseling and mentoring.

The members of the Revolution who've already signed on include guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist Lisa Coleman, keyboardist Matt Fink and drummer Bobby Z. "It's fabulous because they haven't played together as a band in twenty years," Sheila says. Onboard from the Family ("the band that Prince had that never really toured") are saxophonist Eric Leeds, singer Susannah Melvoin (Wendy's twin), percussionist Jerome Benton and singer/keyboardist Paul Peterson.

The one member who has not yet been invited is Prince himself. "There's no pressure on him, but we'd like for him to come," Shiela says. "He's why we're doing this, because he started all of it."

Prince first recruited Sheila to sing on "Erotic City," the flip side to his Number One 1984 single "Let's Go Crazy." He also helped her land a solo deal with Warner Bros. and penned the title track to her debut album, Glamorous Life, a Top Ten single.

After two more solo albums, (Sheila E. in Romance 1600 and Sheila E.) she rejoined Prince's band for 1987's Sign O' the Times tour.

The building of the Compassion Care Center is just one of many projects of Sheila and business partner Lynn Mabry's Lil' Angel Bunny Foundation (LABF). Sheila herself was sexually abused by a babysitter, as was Mabry by a family friend.

"We're going to use music as a therapy for the children," Sheila explains.

Sheila also has her own line of drum kits for children, the Sheila E. Player's Series, and she has donated instruments to foster homes. "A lot the kids have been abused so severely they have not been able to speak," she says, "and since they've had the drums, they're talking."

Sheila E. is touring as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band through September 7th
Cause tomorrow is taking too long
and yesterday's too far away
and the reality that you believe in begins to bind.
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Reply #1 posted 07/25/03 3:01pm

sonicfreak

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Wow! If Prince did show up Prince and Revolution could jam! That would be hot! Think it'll happen?
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Reply #2 posted 07/25/03 3:02pm

jimipaisley

Great news ! Sheila ur the 1 .
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Reply #3 posted 07/25/03 3:03pm

bobgeorge

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Now that would be some serious FUNK!
Cat...Where ya at???
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Reply #4 posted 07/25/03 3:05pm

jn2

The members of the Revolution who've already signed on include guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist Lisa Coleman, keyboardist Matt Fink and drummer Bobby Z.
That's great, heart Sheila
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Reply #5 posted 07/25/03 3:06pm

CalhounSquare

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Ho much people can hold the Los Angeles Forum or the Universal Amphitheater? i guess there will be a lot of people for the revolution reunion!
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Reply #6 posted 07/25/03 3:14pm

LittlePill

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I have to repeat a question that Xtruex asked on the other 'Sheila E.' thread, where will Mark Brown be? It wouldn't be the same if he wasn't there. sad
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prince Proud member of Prince's cult for 20 years! prince
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Reply #7 posted 07/25/03 3:16pm

endorphin74

this sounds so kewl!
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Reply #8 posted 07/25/03 3:20pm

psychodelicide

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Awesome!!! Too bad I live so damn far away. sigh
RIP, Prince. A legend has left us, and you will be forever missed. cry

"She probably found her vagina". lol
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Reply #9 posted 07/25/03 3:23pm

muleFunk

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Shit,Damn !
If he shows it will be the biggest Prince happening in 15 years !

Keep your fingers crossed !
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Reply #10 posted 07/25/03 3:23pm

alexxa15

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great news! Let's hope they make a film of it...
Being Xmas time, maybe Prince's heart will be sweeter and he will show up?
cheers
Alex
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Click on the link below to listen to and download for free songs from my band, BRAMA!
http://www.brama.connect.to
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Reply #11 posted 07/25/03 3:34pm

jn2

Actress Carmen Electra, discovered and named by Prince in 1991, will host.
let's hope that she will not "rap"/ "sing" !
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Reply #12 posted 07/25/03 3:37pm

neurose

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alexxa15 said:

great news! Let's hope they make a film of it...
Being Xmas time, maybe Prince's heart will be sweeter and he will show up?


I think you hit the nail on the proverbial head there.. I hope his heart will be sweeter, too. I wish I lived closer!!
nod "the foolish dog, bark at the flying bird" From "Jah Live" -Bob Marley nod
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Reply #13 posted 07/25/03 3:58pm

alexxa15

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and I also hope Cat and Levi will make it
cheers
Alex
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Click on the link below to listen to and download for free songs from my band, BRAMA!
http://www.brama.connect.to
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Reply #14 posted 07/25/03 4:07pm

jn2

Jill , imagine All Day All Night live by Jill Jones & The Revolution Arrrggghhh
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Reply #15 posted 07/25/03 4:10pm

youngca

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If sheila's got something to do with it-my take is Prince
will show up.
what about andre,dez,rosie?
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Reply #16 posted 07/25/03 4:12pm

mfgreen

The Forum's indoor seating capacity is 16,005 - 17,505. The Universal Amphitheater: 6,189 seats (with general admission Orchestra Pit) or 6,089 seats (without general admission Orchestra Pit)

No matter which venue ends up with the event, I will definitely be there!
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Reply #17 posted 07/25/03 4:30pm

naturegirl

flower C O O L
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Reply #18 posted 07/25/03 4:32pm

EverlastingNow

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muleFunk said:

Shit,Damn !
If he shows it will be the biggest Prince happening in 15 years !

Keep your fingers crossed !



And the funny part is, if he doesn't show up it will still be one of the biggest Prince happenings in 15 years! headbang
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Reply #19 posted 07/25/03 4:36pm

chemmie

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hmmm... think about it. If he does show up to this, he will have to play the old songs. Maybe even dirty ones like Darlin Nikki. If he plays some old stuff there, maybe he will start playing those again! This could be the ultimate turning point for all that is Prince! He could verywell be "back" if this works out.


here's to wishful thinking.


and a fishslap back into reality for me...fishslap




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Reply #20 posted 07/25/03 5:00pm

SummerRain

If this story is true, you must almost believe that Prince will appear as a suprise guest.
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Reply #21 posted 07/25/03 5:01pm

Delores

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I'd love to go eek :O I want to go :O :O this is gonna be such a show ... no way to miss it omfg


uzi cow
this cow's for Sheila
uzi cow
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Reply #22 posted 07/25/03 5:32pm

INSATIABLE

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I'VE GOT TO GO! No matter what it takes!!!
Oh shit, my hat done fell off
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Reply #23 posted 07/25/03 5:39pm

muleFunk

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EverlastingNow said:

muleFunk said:

Shit,Damn !
If he shows it will be the biggest Prince happening in 15 years !

Keep your fingers crossed !



And the funny part is, if he doesn't show up it will still be one of the biggest Prince happenings in 15 years! headbang




lol
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Reply #24 posted 07/25/03 6:03pm

noname

When do the tickets go on sale !!!
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Reply #25 posted 07/25/03 6:29pm

FlyingCloudPas
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Oh my god.

This is amazing pray .

This could be the start of things...let's hope at least.

When tickets are on, I'm there, no doubt.
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Reply #26 posted 07/25/03 6:42pm

cloud9mission

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cool
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Reply #27 posted 07/25/03 7:03pm

SynthiaRose

Holy Shit!

Wendy and Lisa!

and possibly Prince!


I've been waiting more than 15 years for this.
:: fainting:::
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Reply #28 posted 07/25/03 7:50pm

EverlastingNow

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Anybody letting their minds run wild yet on some of the songs they may do?? Any solo Sheila or Wendy and Lisa stuff too?? I would love to hear the Revolution do Are you my Baby?
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Reply #29 posted 07/25/03 8:47pm

herb4

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So how psyched y'all gonna' be if Prince doesn't show?

Don't pretend it's not possible.

And what of the set list? (think only songs with non-explicit content) Rules out a lot of em'.
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