Lenny Kravitz has admitted that a part of him died when he learned of Prince’s death.
The late music icon passed away at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota last Thursday (April 21), aged 57.
Kravitz, who was close friends with the late singer, said he is still struggling to come to terms with his death.
He told Rolling Stone: “I saw him so much, in and out, that I can’t remember the last time we spoke. I heard about the plane landing the other week. And I knew what it was. I thought, ‘Okay, he dodged a bullet. Close call, but it’s a one-off and we move on.’ And then a week later, I got the news. It knocked me really out.”
Kravitz added: “I still haven’t really recovered. Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died. I say that because of what he meant to me as an influence. I remember sitting in biology class in high school. I had a Sony Walkman and I’m listening to ‘Dirty Mind’. I just remember sitting there and listening to it over and over. That record just opened up my imagination as to where I wanted to go. He looked like me. I could identity with him. He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”
Earlier today, it was announced that Prince’s backing band The Revolution are set to reunite following the singer’s death.
The Revolution were formed by Prince in 1979 and were credited on three of Prince’s albums: 1985’s ‘Around the World in A Day’, 1986’s ‘Parade’ and 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’. Members of the band also played on 1982’s ‘1999’.
The news was confirmed in a video the group posted to bassist Brown Mark’s Facebook page. “We have decided after spending three or four days together now grieving over the loss of Prince that we would like to come out and do some shows,” guitarist Wendy Melvoin says in the video. “We want to let you know that we’ll be there soon, so we want to let you know now.”
The reunited band will include members Brown Mark, Bobby Z, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Matt ‘Doctor’ Fink.