The Purple Xperience's Marshall Charloff talks about playing Prince, touring with the Revolution's Matt 'Doctor' Fink and more
When he first met Prince, Marshall Charloff was just a teenager who happened to be in a band with the Purple One's cousin.
More than 30 years later, he performs as Prince in the Purple Xperience, a tribute act led by Matt "Doctor" Fink, Prince's scrubs-wearing keyboardist in the Revolution. The group hits Tampa Bay for concerts Thursday at the Tampa Theatre and Friday at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. (A third concert originally slated for Lakeland on Saturday has been canceled.) Click here for details.
Fink has led the Purple Xperience since 2011, touring sporadically, but interest in the band has exploded since Prince's sudden death on April 21. At first, Charloff thought performing would be "inappropriate" — Prince died on a Thursday, and the Purple Xperience was booked for a concert the next night — but Fink insisted the show go on.
"We hit the stage, and all I can tell you is it was one of those moments where it felt right," he said. "If it didn't feel right, I wouldn't be doing this. It felt right, it felt cathartic, it felt purposeful — more so than it did the previous four and a half years, where we were just having fun. It felt like a calling."
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