The self proclaimed “black metal band” Living Colour, will always say “Find another all black metal band.” Their reasoning for asking, you won’t find another, and certainly won’t find one of the Living Colour caliber. The four gentlemen that make up this epic group have a vast music knowledge that could teach generations to come.
Not only is their knowledge about writing music and playing metal shows for a living, they teach while continuously learning new processes and techniques every day. The stylings of guitarist Vernon Reid are absolutely flawless and it shows with every chord that is played. If you’ve ever seen him shred live, you’ll see that his pedal board isn’t exactly a “board,” as it actually takes up about seven feet of stage, around a corner, and a cabinet with a computer on it as well, and that’s just Vernon’s. The extensive tones and melodies produced out of his beautiful finger magic is metaphoric and leaves you without words. Flawless comes to mind. I’ve seen guitarists play for four to five decades and still make mistakes live. Vernon Reid is one of the best.
With the ever evolving music world, one thing has surely stayed the same with Living Colour: their stage performance and wardrobe. Always dressing to impress, yet throw some “colour” into it, the glowing vocalist Corey Glover never disappoints in the style department.
At Toads Place in New Haven, CT the dress code was your typical Living Colour evening, with Corey rocking Chuck Taylors with the patented “Brillo Pad” design on them, a sport coat with scenes from 1950’s speakeasies, and cheetah print glasses to top off the outfit. Known to wear crazy clothes and even crazier stage presence, this was the talk of the theater on the cold Tuesday night. Now, Corey Glover wasn’t the only one to catch eyes that evening, as bassist Doug Wimbish with his signature long dreadlocks was wearing a bicyclists shirt, tight as can be, fitting his slim body like a “glove.” Pun intended. You couldn’t really see what drummer Will Calhoun was wearing, but his huge drum sound was present and accounted for!
These guys went on stage, performing 17 of their classics dating back into the late 1980’s. For a band still kicking and rocking stages around the world 30 plus years later, they don’t miss a beat. In front of a 500 plus capacity crowd, the talent of this veteran group vibed off of the fans beautifully. Playing for almost two hours, included in their set were a handful of new tracks from their 2017 release, Shade. In addition to the hits and new releases, their impressive cover of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya,” was a crowd favorite, with its 1996 lyrics brought into the same worldly political issues nearly 20 years later.
Finishing off the night and keeping the stellar show alive, their show ended promptly with “Cult of Personality” and “Times Up.” Imagine a scene where 500 of your closest friends sing along with you. Smiling ear to ear, the boys in Living Colour rocked their “home” show in New Haven that night.
Pick up their new release Shade: http://www.livingcolour.com