Prince Tribute Band Almost Stopped Playing

April 21, 2017 06:52 PM

Even a year after Prince’s death, some of his fans are still trying to accept that there will never be another new album or tour. But the next best thing is a Minneapolis-based tribute band that has had one busy year since Prince died.

Chase & Ovation has been around since 2006. They play at Bunkers in the North Loop once a month. It was Prince’s favorite bar, but after his death, Chase & Ovation wondered if it was time to stop the music.

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“I don’t know if this feels right,” guitar player Johnny Holiday recalled.

“Every city we go to, it’s as if we’re reliving April 21 all over again,” singer Chase said.

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They said their fans ultimately helped them make their decision to keep playing.

“The common denominator that we keep hearing around the country is, ‘You can’t stop now, it’s more important now than ever,’” Chase said.

Chase & Ovation is spending the anniversary playing a gig in Louisville, Kentucky. The band’s next scheduled local appearance is set for Thursday in Minneapolis.

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