LIVING COLOUR w/ Cross Fire @ Coach House : Sunday, November 23, 2003
*at the present time, it seems ticketmaster has not changed the date of the show.
King Crimson / Living Colour @ Beacon Theatre: on sale now
short Paris Review
"Paris concert was......hhhhhhhuuuuudge !!!!
LC was so happy that we could feel they wanted to spend all the night on stage !!!!!
... yesterday evening was brillant ! And they played "solace of you "!!!!!!!!!! With an Afro musician on special keyboard, that sounded very sunny, groovy, etc.... Heavy metal & groove , that was an exciting show !!!!"
LIVING COLOUR: "CollideØscope" 8 (out of 10)
Mayan Records/Sanctuary 2003
Review by Urban "Wally" Wallstrom 14 September 2003
The reason to why Lenny Kravitz turned into a multi-million project? Perhaps not the entire truth as these chaps were always so much more than just plain "rock". The original line-up with Corey Glover - vocals, Vernon Reid - guitar, Doug Wimbish - bass, and Will Calhoun - drums, are all back with a brilliant and long awaited comeback album.
It's almost like they were never gone too. "Collideoscope" picks up where they left us some ten years ago. Actually, I'd say this is Living Colour's best release since their 1988 debut "Vivid" and as always, it's a lovely mixture of rock, funk, jazzy tunes, electro rock, and even dub reggae. You could say it's music for the opened and not the narrow minded person.
The fretboard work of Vernon Reid is once again excellent and the rhythm section is tigther than Agnetha Fältskog's (ABBA) pants in the 70's. There's a lot of vintage Colour here and vocalist Glover even admits to saying: "It hasn't changed much, but I think we've expanded on what we were." Indeed, it's almost like they've expanded their vision and horizion a bit too much sometimes. "Operation Mind Control" is simply too vivid and yet blurry at the same time (if that makes any sense?). The song is more like a leftover from the experimental 60's with drugs and all that crap. There's enough of good songs to go around though and the simple "Flying" is without a doubt one of my favorites. The funk/electro rocker "In Your Name" is filled with aggression and the dub-reggae "Nightmare City", is very cool with a early 80's vibe (another favorite). "Great Expectations" is very much like their early work (The Vivid days) and you can also find a couple of cool covers here. First up is "Back In Black" (AC/DC) and later on a electro-rock version of "Tomorrow Never Knows" (Beatles). They may not have recorded the perfect comeback album, but it's still a lot more fun than most comebacks. And let's admit it... there hadn't exactly been anything like Living Colour, since last time they played their music for us. Good stuff it is!