Legendary New York funk-rockers Living Colour are heading to Perth next week for the final leg of their Australian tour. The two-time Grammy award-winning band last brought their metal, hard rock, hip-hop and funk combo to Aussie shores for Soundwave in 2014.
Spearheaded by guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour emerged onto the scene and made the people stop and take notice. By 1986, the band started to solidify, with Corey Glover joining on vocals, bassist Muzz Skillings and drummer Will Calhoun anchoring the rhythm section that helped hone their unique blend of music with broad-based appeal. Their debut album, Vivid became a multi-platinum success and Time’s Up won them their other Grammy for Best Hard Rock album (1990). It was Living Colour’s last record made by the original line-up, as Skillings was replaced by veteran bassist Doug Wimbish.
Despite breaking up for a while, Living Colour have been on fire since regrouping in 2003. And to this day they haven’t been shy about voicing their views and maintaining a highly valued reputation through their unique sets and records. Living Colour’s instrumental prowess has earnt them a level of respect among fans and musicians alike. Politically driven in their lyrics and eclectic and experimental in their sound, the group have built up quite the 11-year run.
Last year, Living Colour reworked The Notorious B.I.G’s Big Poppa into a version called Who Shot Ya – a bold protest against the gun violence that still plagues the US. The track has been a huge hit as a follow up from their previous work.
Their tour, which kick started last night in Melbourne, promises to showcase their timeless discography including classics like Cult of Personality and Ignorance is Bliss. Living Colour’s lively and creative fusion of loud music has defied genre and racial stereotypes worldwide and fans can expect a good dose of it this tour.
To this day Living Colour remain an active unit. Receiving raves for their incendiary live performances, they stand as one of the finest hard rock fusion bands today. Make sure you check them out!
Friday 12th May, Melbourne.
Saturday 13th May: Metro Theatre, Sydney.
Sunday 14th May: The Triffid, Brisbane.
Wednesday 17th May: The Gov, Adelaide.
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