Friday, May 26, 2006

R.I.P Desmond Dekker



ISRAELITES
Desmond Dekker and the Aces
(Desmond Dacres & Leslie Kong)

Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,
so that every mouth can be fed.
Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,
So that every mouth can be fed.
Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

My wife and my kids, they are packed up and leave me.
Darling, she said, I was yours to be seen.
Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

Shirt them a-tear up, trousers are gone.
I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde.
Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

After a storm there must be a calm.
They catch me in the farm. You sound the alarm.
Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

Poor me, the Israelite.
I wonder who I'm working for.
Poor me, Israelite,
I look a-down and out, sir.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006

May 17th Setlist

* Didgeridoo Solo Intro (Mr Russell Smith)
* Desperate People
* Elvis Is Dead
* Type
* Memories Can't Wait
* Funny Vibe
* In Your Name
* Sacred Ground
* Bi
* Glamour Boys
* Go Away
* Flying
* Laptop from Vernon/Drum Solo with Will
* Love Rears It's Ugly Head
* Times Up
* Cult Of Personality
* Middle Man
* Solace Of You feat. Didgeridoo Solo

May 16th and May 18th Living Colour fan review

May 16th Review @ Melbourne, Australia

May 18th Review @ Melbourne, Australia

thank you Mr Onski!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

May 18th recap (thanks rhys)

Another great gig more of Stain songs highlighted tonight which was
cool. Even Toto were side of stage during the encore, Lukather was
totally marking out next to Vernon Reid's laptop table at the end of
gig.

Songs played in no paticular order (again !!) -

times up
love rears
type - super fast and HEAVY
This is the life - lyrics over the end of Tommorrow Never Knows jam

Go Away
Ignorance is Bliss - third song of night
Auslander
Postman
Wall - second song of night

Back In Black - OPENER !!!! Aussies went sick, so did Corey
Flying
In Your Name
Sacred Ground - done with trip hop loop tonight
Tommorrow Never Knows - last song of night, big 30 minute jam to end
with didgeredoo, Vernon shredding solo with Steve Lukather
worshipping from side of stage, mad Doug upright solo with tasty
whammy pedal and delay usage, Corey jamming This is the Life lyrics
over the top of soundscape

Cult of Personality
Funny Vibe
Memories Can't Wait
Middle Man - start of encore

Pretty sure that covers everything played. I still can't believe i
was lucky enough to see two nights of Living Colour live in my town
in pretty intimate setting.

Inspirational in every way

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Living Colour interview - video

Why they chose to tour Australia, their last album Collideoscope now being three years old, it being signed to a small label and Living Colours break.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Living Colour

By Patrick Donovan
May 17, 2006

Innovative US hard rock act still railing against the cult of personality.


Genre : Rock, Soul/Funk
Location : The Roxy
Address : 69 George Street, Parramatta
Date : 20 May 2006
Tickets : $50 plus booking fees.
Phone Bookings : 02 9687 4221
Online Bookings : www.theroxy.com.au

American hard rock band Living Colour broke onto the scene in the late '80s with the hit Cult of Personality, which attacked our fascination with celebrity and analysed the rise of political leaders.

The band will perform the Grammy award-winning song in Sydney this week as part of its spontaneous whirlwind tour - at a time when the public's fascination with celebrity has reached saturation point.

"That song is not so much about the people, but the energy that creates the attraction, the fame and the popularity," says drummer Will Calhoun.

"The world right now is in the age of mediocrity … Imagine if singers like Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye had an opportunity like American Idol?" Calhoun says. "Great talent comes from breeding talent, but these days it's easier to buy a computer and become a producer than it is to go out and learn an instrument …"

The band, whose hard rock sound was styled on Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone and Santana, signed to Epic records after being discovered by Mick Jagger, but split in 1995 after four albums. It reformed for 2003's Collideoscope, which incorporated hip hop, drum 'n' bass, and indigenous sounds and addressed issues such as land rights, immigration and 9/11.

May 16th Setlist - Melbourne

Setlist in no paticular order:
Cult of personailty
middle man
desperate people - opener
funny vibe
memories cant wait
glamour boys
times up
love rears
elvis is dead
type
solace of you - jam with russel smith - digereedoo player
go away
Bi
flying
in your name
sacred ground

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hard rockers back for on-the-fly gigs

By Patrick Donovan
May 17, 2006

American hard rock band Living Colour broke onto the scene in the late '80s with the hit Cult of Personality, which attacked our fascination with celebrity and analysed the rise of political leaders.

The band will perform the Grammy award-winning song in Melbourne this week as part of its spontaneous whirlwind tour — at a time when the public's fascination with celebrity has reached saturation point.

"That song is not so much about the people, but the energy that creates the attraction, the fame and the popularity," says drummer Will Calhoun.

"The world right now is in the age of mediocrity … Imagine if singers like Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye had an opportunity like American Idol?" Calhoun says. "Great talent comes from breeding talent, but these days it's easier to buy a computer and become a producer than it is to go out and learn an instrument …"

The band, whose hard rock sound was styled on Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone and Santana, signed to Epic records after being discovered by Mick Jagger, but split in 1995 after four albums. It reformed for 2003's Collideoscope, which incorporated hip hop, drum 'n' bass, and indigenous sounds and addressed issues such as land rights, immigration and 9/11.

With only a week's notice, the band chose to play three consecutive nights at the Metro Nightclub. It is the first time a big-name artist has played a series of spontaneous shows in Melbourne since Prince's 2004 tour. And the band's old fans will be hard-pressed to find something more entertaining this week in Melbourne.

"It's good for both of us," says Calhoun. "For the artist, it's good to show up in front of an audience at short notice, on the fly. We can't take anything for granted — we don't have posters all over town, the radio's not playing our new record — so we've just got our live show to impress people.

Living Colour play the Metro tonight and tomorrow.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Punk Funk All Star dates

Punk Funk All Stars are :
Joe Bowie - trombone, vocals
James "Blood" Ulmer - guitar, vocals
Vernon Reid - guitar
Ronald Shannon Jackson - drums
Melvin Gibbs - bass

July 8 Amsterdam - Netherlands: Nemo- roof of the Science Museum
July 11 Vienne - France: Jazz A Vienne
July 13 Prague - Czech Republic
July 14 Warsaw - Poland: Warsaw Jazz Festival
July 16 London UK: Barbican Centre
special thank you to Melvin Gibbs

Will Calhoun May 2006 Indonesia Clinics



Sat 5/27/06 - World Trade Center (Jl.Pemuda no. 27-31, Surabaya) - 5:00pm

Mon 5/29/06 - Novotel (Jl.Slamet Riyadi no. 272, Solo) - 5:00pm

Tue 5/30/06 - Grand Pasundan Hotel (Jl.Peta no. 147-149, Bandung) - 5:00pm

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Living Colour playing Bospop July 2006

Living Colour is playing Bospop in Weert, NL July 8th. Saturday's lineup includes :

Simple Minds
Anouk
Beth Hart
Starsailor
Gabriel Rios
Living Colour
Nada Surf
Alan Parsons Live Project
Glenn Hughes
Stream of Passion
Admiral Freebee
Daize Shayne
The Mad Trist

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Living Colour Tour Australia

by Tim Cashmere

May 9 2006

Legendary New York hard rock band Living Colour is coming to Australia and they’re coming soon.

In fact, next week if you live in Melbourne or Sydney you can check out the band that changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll in the 80s and did for black musicians what Jimi Hendrix did in the 60s.

Living Colour came along at a time when rock was segregated, and together with Bad Brains, who formed just a few years earlier, showed the world once more than black musicians could play rock ‘n’ roll.

It didn’t hurt that Mick Jagger produced their first demo, which earned them a worldwide record deal with Epic.

If you want to see just how hard the eighties rocked, get down to either of the following venues next week:

May 16 – The Metro, Melbourne
May 17 – The Metro, Melbourne
May 18 – The Metro, Melbourne
May 20 – The Roxy, Sydney

Tickets are on sale now.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Living Colour Australia Tour May 2006

VIP ticket holders gain access to the sound check prior to the concert, VIP Bar during the concert and after party. Tickets limited and will sell fast.

May 15th, 2006 - Master Class w/ Corey Glover vocals; Master Class w/ Vernon Reid Guitars; Master Class w/ Doug Wimbish Bass Guitar; Master Class w/ Will Calhoun @ The Depot, Melbourne, VIA, AUS - Ticketmaster.com.au link

May 16th, 2006 - @ Metro Night Club, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - TicketMaster
May 17th, 2006 - @ Metro Night Club, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - TicketMaster
May 18th, 2006 - @ Metro Night Club, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - TicketMaster
May 20th, 2006 - @ The Roxy, Sydney, AUS - TICKETS

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Will Calhoun May 2006 New Zealand Clinics

Will Calhoun May 2006 New Zealand Clinics

Mon 5/22/06 - City Church (252 Otumoetai Road, Tauranga) - 7:30pm

Tue 5/23/06 - Mercury Theatre (Mercury Lane, Auckland City) - 7:30pm

Wed 5/24/06 - Capital E (Civic Square, Wellington) - 7:30pm

Monday, May 01, 2006

Vernon Reid and Masque - Other True Self 3 1/2 stars

With Vernon Reid's inescapable status as the leading African-American metal guitarist, Other True Self is the exact medicine his Black Rock Coalition is asking for. Rather than be content to play in the studio behind a predominantly Caucasian hard rock scene, Reid comes forth on his third post-Living Colour record exploring and progressing his wide-ranging influences. The transitions from punk to metal to R&B are seamless throughout the instrumental tracks, which defies genre at every turn. The price for such inventiveness in each movement is jaggedness between tracks, as the album becomes shapeless in the long run. That cost, though, is worth it if the listening is done on a track-by-track basis. When Reid covers Radiohead's "National Anthem," it's not audacity that fuels the move, it's respect between artists and Reid branching out, yet again, from his progressive rock to encapsulate another genre on this diverse album. That hits on alternative, whereas Reid touches on hard rock with opener "Game Is Rigged" and places his own spin on traditional African music on "Oxossi." More overtly, Reid harkens back to his Brooklyn upbringings in "Flatbush And Church Revisited," a piece that does the best job encapsulating his all-encompassing style than any other on the album, flowing seamlessly from reggae to arena rock to jazz. That he manages to incorporate so many styles of music in at one point or another makes Other True Self a compelling listen, even if it lacks consistency.

Brian D. Schiller
© slant magazine, 2006.