Prince’s Revolution member says ‘more thought’ needed in Madonna Billboard Awards tribute

Doctor Fink wanted to see more than just two songs in the performance

Doctor Fink, a former member of Prince‘s band The Revolution, has given his opinion on Madonna‘s tribute to the late musician at the Billboard Music Awards.

The singer performed ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at the ceremony in Las Vegas, before she was joined by Stevie Wonder for a version of ‘Purple Rain’.

The performance was mocked on social media, as well as by rival music ceremony the BET Awards, who promoted their own forthcoming Prince tribute with a tweet stating: “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.” The only confirmed performance at the BET ceremony is a Britney Spears medley.

Now Fink has said, while he enjoyed the performance, “there should have been more thought put into it as a real tribute”.

“I’m a huge Madonna fan, always have been, and I know her heart was in, all of it,” he told Billboard.


“My own personal opinion was I wish she’d done more of a medley, maybe, not just ‘Nothing Compares’ and go right into ‘Purple Rain’ with Stevie Wonder. I thought there should have been more thought put into it as a real tribute, give the fans more than two songs. Maybe she should’ve done three or four where it’s more medley style and culminating with ‘Purple Rain.'”

Fink also said he wished artists who had worked or been affiliated with Prince had been asked to be involved with the tribute, although he wasn’t sure if his former band would have taken part. “I don’t know if the Revolution would have done it,” he said. “Even if we’d been asked in a proper way I think we may have turned it down because…it’s too soon. I don’t know how that would be perceived. But nobody asked us.”