Minneapolis' The Purple Xperience has every reason to call itself The World's Greatest Prince Tribute.
For one thing it hails from Prince's home town. But it also has the added cred of having Matt Fink, Prince's keyboardist from the 1978-91 glory years, as part of the group, recreating the signature licks that defined that material including songs he co-wrote such as "Dirty Mind," "Computer Blue" and "17 Days."
"People love the fact we're doing a lot of material from the 80s that (Prince) doesn't perform anymore," says Fink, who maintains StarVu Studios in Minneapolis and works other artists and on soundtrack projects. "I always thought it was brilliantly written and innovative material. Playing it again just reminds me about what a great artist he is, what a hard-working artist he is and continues to be.
"He gives everything to his music, and the people surrounding him in those days, we were right there with him. He pushed all of us to our limits as players because he demanded perfection."
And what does Prince have to say about the Purple Xperience?
"He's not too communicative these days," Fink says of the famously retiring auteur. "I'm not really able to be in touch with him really easily. He's always traveling and moving around these days, doing a lot of work.
"He doesn't seem to care about it. He's not really expressed anything one way or the other towards it. I think he's OK with it; he's not calling me up and saying, 'Hey, I'm not happy about this.' All it does is it just continues to bring attention to his music."