Former Prince & the Revolution drummer Bobby Z feared the worst after a heart attack caused by three blocked arteries left him in critical condition in January 2011.
“My family came in and we had a prayer vigil and said goodbye,” recalls 56-year-old Bobby Z, whose real name is Robert Rivkin. “There were some serious moments before I came to and recovered.” Doctors were able to open the blockages with stents and Rivkin has since made a full recovery, including a return to his drum kit.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his near-fatal heart attack, Rivkin has organized the Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! concert to promote heart-health awareness at Minneapolis’ First Avenue on Feb. 19. A portion of the proceeds from the event—which will feature former Revolution members Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark and Dr. Fink—will be donated to Rivkin’s My-PurpleHeart.org and the American Heart Assn.
The concert will be the Revolution’s first performance together since 2003. But a question remains: Will Prince appear at the concert to support his friend?
“I don’t know if he’s free that night, but he’s obviously welcome to come and play ‘Purple Rain,’” Rivkin says, noting that Prince showed immense support for him during his recovery, which included dedicating the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” during a 2011 concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “As of now, there’s nothing planned. But First Avenue is his house; we’re just house-sitting. He knows where it is and we’ll be there.”
Tickets are available at First-Avenue.com.
Source: Billboard Magazine