Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Philadelphia Weekly - Living Colour @ the Trocadero preview
Living Colour

The last time Living Colour was out on the road a couple of years ago, it was for a good reason: They hadn't performed together in six years, but someone had to go out there and perform remotely decent rock given that all the other so-called rockers were getting their hair frosted and churning out emo lovelies for the 'tween-girl set. Now Living Colour's on its latest tour for a better reason. The foursome--Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish--has just released its first album, Collideøscope, in 10 years, and fans will be pleased to find that the compromises that come with middle age haven't sneaked up on these boys one bit. They're still the same socially conscious hellions they were back in the day, as their latest batch of anthems are both rambunctiously noisy and aggressively relevant. (They even do a tongue-in-cheek rendition of AC/DC's "Back in Black.") So for all those diehards who rocked out to "Cult of Personality" in their rooms and now have young ones of their own, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to take the kids to the show. A live Living Colour show may not be the definitive school of rock, but it sure is an efficient crash course. (Craig D. Lindsey)

7pm. $19. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. The Trocadero

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