They're back? Yes indeed! After a 6-year hiatus and several solo projects by
its members the band toured briefly in 2001 and now, after landing a record
deal with Sanctuary, are touring again in support of their new album, Collideoscope.
And they musically graced us with their presence (and what a presence that was!)
at the House Of Blues, Hollywood.
We got there just
in time to catch the opening act, Tony C & The Truth: an interesting new
band with a very talented vocalist and a good level of musicianship but otherwise
lacking a solid direction in their songwriting and general persona (not sure
how the turntables added anything, or if yes, what that was, to the sound of
After a long opening set it was time for the masters to hit the stage! As energetic
and fresh sounding as ever, and in front of a packed house the band performed
material from the new album as well as old favorites. "Sacred Ground,"
"A ? Of When," "In Your Name," and the September-11th-inspired
ballad "Flying" were my favorites from the new record and "Love
Rares Its Ugly Head," "Time's Up," and their biggest hit "Cult
Of Personality" my faves from their older material.
Living Colour were always known for their sociopolitical framework evident through
their democracy-gadfly lyrics and the experimental nature of their music fusing
jazz, heavy metal, R&B, electronica, and even Reggae, and they did not fall
sort of that characterization, with Reid's caustic remarks about everything,
from the economy to the war in Iraq to human rights, and the bands audio
palette adorned with improvisational escapades and real live "special sound
And what can one say about the musicianship of this band, especially live? Will
Calhoun and Doug Wimbish are perhaps the tightest and most innovative rhythm
section on the planet with Glover's soulful wails and Reid's cacophonic genious
completing the picture of one of the most invigorating combos in the current
The only minor note of the evening was the cover of AC/DC's "Back In Black."
I still do not understand why they chose to do this cover (it is also on the
new album). Glover's Brian-Johnson-imitation-falsetto is indeed weak and the
arrangement and overall sound of the song has nothing groundbreaking to offer
- very unlike Living Colour!
If Living Colour is playing at a venue near you dont miss it. I guarantee
you it will be one of the best shows you'd have ever seen.i