The ground-breaking American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the bands lineup solidified in the mid-80’s with Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums) and Muzz Skillings (bass). Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock, Hendrix tinged classic rock and heavy metal. Skillings left the band in the summer of 1992, replaced by session veteran and Sugarhill Records bass player Doug Wimbish.
The band’s debut album, ‘Vivid’ was released in 1988 on Epic Records. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. It featured Cult of Personality, a #13 hit on the Billboard 200 Singles chart. Cult of Personality went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. With Cult of Personality‘s thunderous opening riff, followed by a crushing onslaught of drums and bass behind a volcanic Corey Glover vocal, Living Colour’s breakthrough song kicked in the airwaves during the of 1988 with a fresh, aggressive sound.
“left the crowd begging for more” (Triple M)
In 1990 the band’s second full-length album, ‘Time’s Up,’ was released and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 while certifying gold. It won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Album. The 6-song EP, ‘Biscuits’ was released in 1991. ‘Stain,’ their third LP, was released in 1993. Reaching #26 on the Billboard 200, the album had a much heavier and aggressive sound and receiving a Grammy nomination for Leave It Alone.
“Hailed as legends in the rock/metal community, Living Colour were always going to be a treat. But nothing prepares for just how impressive these guys are” (Across The Ocean ‘Soundwave’ Review)
After a split in 1995, Living Colour returned in December 2000 and began recording ‘Collideøscope’ which was released in 2003. ‘The Chair in the Doorway’ followed in 2009. The root of Living Colour’s next album, came from a performance of Robert Johnson‘s Preachin’ Blues at the 100th Anniversary Birthday celebration at the legendary Apollo in New York City called ‘Shade’ is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” says founder Vernon Reid.
“One of the finest hard rock albums of the ’80s — and for that matter, all time” (All Music on ‘Vivid’)
Critically acclaimed as ‘’one of the best live bands on the planet’’ Living Colour are sure as hell going to be on top of their game – delighting the casual concert goers to the seasoned veteran musicians is one thing Living Colour know how to do.
Living Colour December 2018 Australian Tour Dates:
Saturday 15th – Perth – Astor Theatre
Monday 17th – Adelaide – The Gov
Wednesday 19th – Melbourne – 170 Russell
Thursday 20th – Brisbane – Triffid
Friday 21st – Byron Bay – The Northern
Saturday 22nd – Sydney – Metro Theatre
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