Sunday, September 24, 2006

Living Colour : Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun and Muzz Skillings perform

(taken from Vernon's myspace blog, click title/link)

Last night something truly extraordinary happened; for the 1st time in 17 years, Living Colour played with Muzz Skillings on bass. The occasion was a private party the iconic master drummer/mentor-musician Jack DeJohnette threw for his lovely wife Lydia. Doug was unable to come back from London for the event, and an unusual opportunity presented itself. Doug, Will, and Corey were all supportive of my intention to ask Muzz to perform with us again. Muzz, to my pleasant surprise said yes! His departure from the band was painful and not without a certain amount of acrimony. As we've seen each other over the years a gradual softening of attitudes has occured, leading to this possibility. I'm very thankful that Doug (Wimbish) completely understood and encouraged this; all too often that the healing of hurtful rifts between friends and family isn't possible; the past keeps us locked in place, looping unchangeable events with predictable results.

We played Middle Man, Cult Of Pesonality, and other songs from Living Colour's first 2 records, Vivid and Times Up. It was great; unforced and unsentimental-no Oprahesque crying-on-cue-for-camera moments. Just funky rough-house Rock and Roll. Everyone had fun. Jack and Lydia were both very happy (as were Minya and Farah, their lovely daughters). One gig can't heal everything, but it can go a long way...

Peace,

Vernon

Vernon Reid and Masque on WKCR 89.9FM

Sunday, October 8th, 2006, Vernon Reid and Masque w/ DJ LOGIC perform live on WKCR 89.9 FM radio in NYC! 10p-11pm

Click HERE to listen

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Will Calhoun Sept/Oct 2006 Canada Clinics

Thu 9/28/06 - Clinic @ Axe Music Calgary (Steinway Concert Hall - 152, 6999 - 11th Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2H 2S1) www.axemusic.com [6:30PM]

Fri 9/29/06 - Clinic @ Axe Music Edmonton (John L Haar Theatre - Grant MacEwan College, Centre for the Arts Campus, 10045 - 156 St, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7) www.axemusic.com [7:00PM]

Sat 9/30/06 - Clinic @ Just Drums Toronto (Just Drums - 5431 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M2N 5R6) www.justdrums.com [2:00PM]

Sun 10/01/06 - Clinic @ Drum Bazar Montreal (Theatre Plaza - 6505 St-Hubert, Montreal, QC) www.drumbazar.qc.ca [7:30PM]

Monday, September 18, 2006

Little Axe Fall 2006 European Tour

October 28, 2006
tba, Frankfurt, Germany

October 29, 2006
tba, Tilburg, Germany

October 30, 2006
Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
http://www.botanique.be

October 31, 2006
Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
http://www.spiritof66.be/

November 01, 2006
Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany

November 02, 2006
B.Hof, Munich, Germany

November 03, 2006
Festival, Maribor, Slovenia

November 04, 2006
Reigen Fest, Vienna, Austria

November 05, 2006
Posthof, Linz, Austria
http://www.posthof.at/

November 06. 2006
Treibhaus, Innsbruck, - Austria
http://www.treibhaus.at/

November 10, 2006
Mokka, Thun , Switzerland
http://www.mokka.ch/sites/home/home.html

November 11, 2006
Musik Produktiv, Ibbenbüren, Germany

November 12, 2006
tba, Winterthurn, Switzerland

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Another note from Vernon Reid

vernon reid sent us a note @ the blog w/ some tasty bits...enjoy!

My video for Mistaken Identity(!) is being offered for sale as content at Google video by Sony!

Mistaken Identity Video

the video is directed by Charles Stone, Drumline, The Wassup commercials, Mr. 3000

A documentary I scored, Twelve Disciples Of Nelson Mandela, directed by Thomas Allen Harris is showing this tuesday the 19th, on PBS

The original line-up of LC will be playing a short set for a private party in Woodstock, NY(only 8 tunes, but significant nonetheless.... Doug is going to be stuck in europe, and I took the opportunity to ask Muzz...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Living Colour "special edition" video on myspace

filmed by a fan, acknowledges that it's not the best video...Living Colour in Netherlands, w/ Doug Pinnick on vocals, Aug. 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

'Superstar' hits almighty heights (Corey Glover news)

It may have been divine inspiration to sign up Ted Neeley to play the lead once again in what's being billed as the farewell tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

On opening night Friday, Neeley seemed a bit wan and tired in the first half, but inhabited the inspiring role with immense power in the second half to thrilling effect.

This version of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera is exceptionally well done, and the opening-night crowd loved its Neeley. When he first appeared onstage in his simple white robe, the audience greeted him with applause. But in the first half, when Jesus is riding high among his energetic disciples, Neeley was overshadowed by Corey Glover, who commanded the stage with his combined strong vocals and smoldering intensity in the difficult role of Judas.

Glover's performance was consistently first-rate, as he swung from self-righteous criticism of Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdalene in "Strange Thing Mystifying" to tortured crisis in "Damned for All Time."

(click title/link to read entire review)

Corey Glover and Vernon Reid on The Tourbus (2004/2005)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Will Calhoun September 9-13th, 2006 France Appearances and Clinic dates

Will Calhoun September 9-13th, 2006 France Appearances and Clinic dates

Will Calhoun will appear in the Mapex booth at the Paris EXPO trade show, several times per day from Saturday, September 9th, throught Tuesday, September 12th. Click here for Map of Paris Expo Parte De Versailles

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Will perfroms a clinic at Le Dracir, in Lille, France, at 8pm.



As always, please make sure to check with the local venues to confirm clinic dates, times and details!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Corey Glover in Jesus Christ Superstar (September dates)

Buffalo, NY
Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theater
Sept. 8 - 13, 2006

Saginaw, MI
The Dow Event Center (The Dow. v )
Sept. 16 - 17, 2006

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Centre in the Square
Sept. 18 - 19, 2006

Champaign, IL
Assembly Hall Star Theatre
September 21, 2006

East Lansing, MI
Wharton Center For Performing Arts
Sept. 22 - 24, 2006

Utica, NY
The Stanley Performing Arts Center
Sept. 26 - 27, 2006

Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall ,
Sept. 29-30, 2006

9/13 - Christian Marclay: Graffiti Composition at MoMA (w/ Vernon Reid and other guests)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Tell Me (w/ Corey Glover)


When a new production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" starts its run on Sept. 8 at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, Living Colour's Corey Glover, 42, will hit the stage as Judas.

The musical runs through Sept. 13 in the center's Mainstage Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $45 and are available at the box office or through Ticketmaster. Call 645-ARTS for more information.

Glover spoke by phone from technical rehearsals at the UB North Campus earlier this week.

How is musical theater different from singing with the band?

This is real work. [Laughs.] It's very intense. Performing with Living Colour is more emotion-based; we share the responsibility of making people understand what is going on. With this kind of operatic show, your focus is different. It's on you, and not just to entertain. You have to make the audience get what you are saying, through words and enunciation. Plus, you have to remember where you are going.

Growing up in Brooklyn, did you picture yourself doing Broadway shows?

Yes. This is exactly what I've always wanted to do. When I got into the band, I realized, "I can do this." That made the transition to musical theater easier. And I always wanted to do this particular show. I saw the movie in the '70s, and it showed me that "rock musicals" existed.

"Jesus Christ Superstar," written in 1968, was Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's first blockbuster. Do you think it's still applicable?

Yes, the story is timeless. Back then, it was revolutionary; no one had mixed musical theater and popular music. Now this show - along with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Hair" - is the standard to which newer musicals are compared.

Have you met Tim Rice or Sir Andrew?

No, never. But I think that since this is the last time that Ted [Neeley, reprising his lead role from the 1973 film] is doing it, one or both of them will show up along the way.

You were only 20 when you joined Living Colour - have you changed as an artist since then?

I have changed, because the world has changed around me. When I first started out, this was all brand new and exciting. Now is now: I'm married with kids, and all I'm really concerned about is trying to as good a job as I possibly can. And to keep doing it; the more I can, the better I get.

You mentioned the show being timeless: How can it be done over and over, without growing tired?

The Passion Play can be done so many different ways. It's really about how people deal with each other, how things become history. That is what we work at: the interaction between people.

- Jana Eisenberg, Special to The News