“Yeah, we rule a very tiny kingdom…” Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid’s modest response to a fan shouting out “you rule” in-between songs during their lengthy set, gesturing to the crowd within the historic Fillmore in San Francisco as they celebrated with their “Vivid 25th Anniversary Tour” last night. The band literally attacked the stage, with drummer Will Calhoun busting a large hole in the kick drum two songs in, with their explosive live performance of their classic Grammy Award-winning 1988 hit, “Cult of Personality”. Playing Vivid front to back, the group put on an amazing concert that underscored what a great work that album was, taking us back to a time when albums mattered, as well as showcasing their innovative blending of disparate musical styles and genres into something really unique and powerful.
One of my favorite albums of the 80s was Vivid from the genre defiant rock band, Living Colour. The band will be playing the classic work in its entirety as part of a 25th anniversary celebration, with a handful of special shows throughout Europe and the United States. The European leg all kicks off in Glasgow at the beginning of March, and then the U.S. in San Francisco at the end of the month. [Read more…]