Living Colour Still Drawing From Vast Palette

Hard Rock Live, Oct. 6

Photo by Alexander Zayas

Photo by Alexander Zayas

There were few bands I listened to with as much regularity 20 years ago as Living Colour. Their fusion of rock, soul, punk, funk, metal and hip-hop, combined with socially conscious lyrics, was as unique as any other band around. That versatility was showcased during a two-hour show that included vocalist Corey Glover giving an R&B delivery to “Love Rears Its Ugly Head,” while guitar wiz Vernon Reid dazzled with his virtuosity, firing a blitzkrieg of notes on “Middle Man,” while the Calypso-driven “Solace of You” was handled with a delicate touch.

Four songs from Living Colour’s upcoming album showed the quartet still pulling from diverse influences, with covers of both Robert Johnson’s “Preaching Blues” and The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?” among the set. After closing the show with classics “Time’s Up” and “Cult of Personality,” the guys took another hour to sign autographs and pose for photos, connecting with their fans on yet another level. ­★★★★✩

Ignorance Is Bliss
Preaching Blues
Middle Man
Funny Vibe
Who Shot Ya?
Who’s That
Freedom of Expression
Solace of You
This is the Life
Love Rears Its Ugly Head
Type [w/ Police and Thieves tease]
Doug Wimbish bass solo
Memories Can’t Wait
Will Calhoun drum solo
Time’s Up [w/ Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine outro]
Cult of Personality

Photos by Alexander Zayas

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