From 1978 to 1982, Bobby Z used an acoustic Ludwig kit (22" bass drum, 18" floor tom, 16" floor tom) with Zildjian cymbals (14″ hi-hats, 20″ ride, 18″ crash, 16″ crash).
For the 1999 tour, Bobby Z switched to an electric kit comprising of an Simmons SDS-V kit (it has distinctive hexagonal shaped pads) triggering Linn LM-1 and SDS-V modules and a set of Pearl SY-1 Syncussion electric toms. The kit also included acoustic Zildjian cymbals.
Purple Rain is Prince's sixth album. It is Prince's biggest selling album and features two number one singles. It was accompanied by a highly successful film of the same name. It features a mixture of pop, dance, hard rock and psychedelic sounds.
The album is notable for featuring his band, the Revolution, on six of the songs. Prince's guitar playing is more prominent on this album, whilst he continued using his Oberheim synthesizers and Linn LM-1 drum machine. Other new sounds include the Yamaha DX7 and a string section.
Prince and the Revolution performed the material from the album live from August 1983, with the Purple Rain tour running from November 1984 to April 1985.