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Living Colour To Release ‘Shade’ On September 9th Via Megaforce Records

Living Colour To Release ‘Shade’ On September 9th Via Megaforce Records

Living Colour have announced the release of their latest studio album, ‘Shade,’ due September 8 on Megaforce Records. Produced by Andre Betts, it’s the legendary New York City rock band’s first new record in eight years. Living Colour gave fans a sneak peak of the recording in Fall 2016 when they released a reimagined take on The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Who Shot Ya?” in protest of ongoing gun violence and racial profiling. They follow that tomorrow, June 9, with the release the album’s first official single “Come On.” 

The initial spark for ‘Shade’ came via the mojo spirit of blues’ pioneer Robert Johnson who possessed Living Colour’s soul during a performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre. Roaring through an electrically charged cover of Johnson’s classic “Preachin’ Blues,” Living Colour moved both the audience and themselves.

“That was really the beginning of us thinking of the direction we want to take for our next project,” says Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. “Hearing that blend of blues and metal was really what got the wheels turning.”

‘Shade,’ their first album since the critically acclaimed ‘The Chair in the Doorway‘ in 2009, is Living Colour at the height of their creative powers, still experimenting as though they were upstarts instead of seasoned veterans. While the blues served as the foundation for the collection, one shouldn’t expect to hear the “down-home” style that was once the soundtrack of sharecroppers and southern juke joints before the music rode the rails north during the Great Migration. Living Colour’s blues incorporate a myriad of influences, while speaking to the politically-charged climate of the times.

“What better way to talk to the world than through the blues?” vocalist Corey Glover asks. “We recorded ‘Preachin’ Blues’ several times to jump start the project and that got everybody fired up. After that, we were ready. ‘Shade,’ in its final outcome, is more of a deconstruction of the blues than an interpretation. It was the idiom that gave us our voice.”

Produced by Andre Betts—who first worked with Living Colour on their album ‘Stain’ in 1993—he would spend five years in the studio with the band perfecting the project. Initially introduced to Living Colour by their bassist Doug Wimbish, Betts was more than ready to face the challenge of working with such perfectionists.

“Making records is an art and a process, and sometimes it can be easier to herd cats,” Wimbish laughs. “But, when it connects and we come together, it’s a beautiful thing. ‘Shade’ is a testimony to who Living Colour is, to our chameleon quality.”

Without a doubt, that quality comes across clearly on the 13-track effort. ‘Shade’ is a sonic journey that careens from the furor of “Blak Out,” an old school thrasher that struts with a gangster boogie to “Program,” a searing, socially-spiked cocktail that nods to the band’s iconic hit “Cult of Personality.” Stand-out tracks such as the acid funk balladry of “Two Sides” (complete with a guest appearance by George Clinton) and the afro-punk fireworks of “Glass Teeth,” prove Corey Glover’s vocals to be stronger than ever, while Vernon Reid, long acknowledged as one of the most creative guitarists in modern rock, lives up to his reputation on album opener “Freedom Of Expression (F.O.X.)” and the soul blues of “Who’s That?” Drummer Will Calhoun points to “Invisible,” which pays homage the late Buddy Miles, among his favorites on the album.

Living Colour – Photo by Travis Shinn

“When we were starting out, Buddy came to every show we did in Chicago,” Calhoun says of the drummer who played with Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys) and Carlos Santana. “He was a great friend of the group. Buddy Miles is such an unsung drummer who had the power of a locomotive. Buddy’s style is a thousand percent on this record.”

A connecting thread between the aforementioned covers of Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues” and Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya?,” is an evocative reading of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues,” which slides seamlessly between syncopated rhythm & blues and urgent hard rock.

While other veteran rockers are content with life on the road, Living Colour relish working on new material together. ‘Shade’ is a testament to that spirit.  Through the four members combined talent and friendship, they’ve explored the blues and its incarnations, musically as well as emotionally, and delivered an album that not only speaks to where they are as a band approaching their third decade together, but reflects back the world in these troubled times.

“To me, there seems to be a shadow cast across our collective lives. We can either allow it to oppress us or we can shine a light on it,” concludes Reid. “‘Shade’ is the sound of a band coming to terms with the shadows and shining a light by using the blues as a mirror.”

‘Shade’ Track Listing

1. Freedom of Express (F.O.X.)
2. Preachin’ Blues
3. Come On
4. Program
5. Who Shot Ya
6. Always Wrong
7. Blak Out
8. Pattern In Time (Skin In The Game)
9. Who’s That
10. Glass Teeth
11. Invisible
12. Inner City Blues
13. Two Sides

Living Colour Tour Dates

June 22 – Rochester, NY – Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square
June 24 – Lake Linden, MI – Kuparisaari Art/Music Festival
July 8 – Pleasantville, NY – Pleasantville Music Festival
July 30 – Rochester, MN – Down by the Riverside Concert Series at Mayo Park
August 19 – Hampton, VA – Downtown Hampton Block Party
September 2 – New Lenox, IL – Triple Play Concert Series
September 8 – Eindhoven, NL – City Rock Festival
September 9 – Leeuwarden, NL – City Rock Festival
September 10 – Manheim, DE – MS Connexion Complex
September 12 – Munich, DE – Backstage Halle
September 14 – Vienna, AT – Porgy & Bess
September 15 – Bologna, IT – Zona Roveri
September 16 – Rome, IT – Orion
September 17 – Bellusco, IT – Bloom
September 19 – Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl
September 20 – Bochum, DE – Matrix
September 21 – Vaureal, FR – Le Forum
September 26 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage
September 27 – Wolverhampton, UK – Robin2
September 28 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
September 29 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
September 30 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
October 1 – London, UK – ULU
October 4 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
October 6 – Liverpool, UK – Hangar34
October 7 – Newcastle, UK – Riverside

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Rock Legends Living Colour Reinvent Notorious B.I.G.’s Iconic Track “Who Shot Ya”

Rock Legends Living Colour Reinvent Notorious B.I.G.’s Iconic Track “Who Shot Ya”


Legendary rock band Living Colour will release ‘Mixtape’ on September 9—a new EP based upon their powerful reinvention of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya” and a subsequent series of remixes. The cornerstone of the set is producer Andre Betts‘ remix, which includes guest verses by Chuck D., Prodigal Sunn, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch and Kyle Mansa. Living Colour, who’ve been politically outspoken in the past, were inspired to release the song by the ongoing crisis of gun violence and police brutality towards people of color in the U.S.

“Our version of ‘Who Shot Ya’ was initially an organic outgrowth of pure fandom for the work of the brilliant Christopher Wallace. Corey would frequently sing the song during soundcheck, so we worked it up,” says Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. “But tragically Biggie’s question has taken on new and urgent significance over the last year. The amount of people who die on a daily basis because of gun violence is unacceptable in a civilized society. The disproportionate use of deadly force in communities of color is equally unacceptable in a civilized society. It inspired the idea to reach out to some of the most provocative voices in hip-hop to invite them to add their words to the track. We all feel paralyzed as to how we can meaningfully effect change, but at the least we can keep our voices raised in solidarity and not let this plight fade into the background until it happens again.”

Living Colour continue to tour prolifically around the world, including shows this summer with Jane’s Addiction and Dinosaur Jr.The band will be among the headliners at AfroPunk Fest next week in Brooklyn. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their first new full-length studio album in seven years, entitled ‘Shade,’ which is planned for an early 2017 release.

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Greg Prato Releases ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’

Greg Prato Releases ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’

Another epic read from Greg Prato

Another epic read from Greg Prato

Since its inception in the late 1960’s, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling – the 1990’s. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980’s was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach – detected in several new metal-based “sub-genres.” Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date…before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.

Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’ is the first book to focus entirely on this decade. Set in an oral history format, ‘Survival’ features over 80 interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Dream Theater, King’s X, Extreme, Winger, Cinderella, Living Colour, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Kyuss, Danzig, Clutch, Life of Agony, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Cradle of Filth, Death, Coal Chamber, and System of a Down (among many others), as well as Eddie Trunk, Riki Rachtman, and Lonn Friend. Also featured is a foreword penned by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, and has authored such books as ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81,’ ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ and ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.’ ‘Survival of the Fittest’ is his 16th book overall.

Available as a paperback version [616 pages, $24.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Survival of the Fittest’ helps put the ’90s and heavy metal all into perspective.

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LIVING COLOUR: Legendary Rockers To Celebrate 30 Years With New Album

LIVING COLOUR: Legendary Rockers To Celebrate 30 Years With New Album


Two-time Grammy winning rock band LIVING COLOUR are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a tour in support of long-awaited new album SHADE and a tour set to kick off September 18th at The Opera House in Toronto (full itinerary below).

The group (vocalist Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun) is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on SHADE with producer Ron Saint Germain (U2, Sonic Youth, Bad Brains). Germain, who’s mixing the record, was the engineer on Living Colour’s Grammy winning/multi-platinum-selling debut Vivid, which was released in 1988 and shot to No. 6 on The Billboard 200.

SHADE is slated for a fall release.

Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” says Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”

Formed by guitarist/Black Rock Coalition founder Vernon Reid in 1984, Living Colour built upon a Black music tradition that extends from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funk. Over the course of their career, they released several critically acclaimed albums, earned a pair of Grammy Awards and an MTV Music Video Award, tore up stages everywhere from CBGBs to Saturday Night Live and most important of all, saw their music break through obstacles of language, distance and culture. They were perhaps the only band that could have opened for the Rolling Stones and played the first Lollapalooza Tour.

SHADE follows 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway and is Living Colour’s sixth studio album.

Fans can catch the band playing an electrifying mix of classic hits and new tracks during this fall’s tour. Dates are as follows (with additional shows to be announced):

9/18 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House

9/19 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag

9/20 – Chicago, IL – Park West

9/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club

9/23 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads

9/24 – University City, MO – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill

9/26 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall

9/27 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre & Club

9/29 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door

9/30 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre

10/1 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

10/3 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre

10/4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

10/5 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern

10/7 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House

10/10 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler

10/11 – Austin, TX – The Belmont

10/12 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

11/28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

11/29 – Londonberry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall

11/30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

12/1 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live

12/3 – Stafford Springs, CT – Stafford Palace Theatre

12/4 – Newton, NJ – The Newton Theatre

12/5 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

12/6 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theatre

12/7 – Hanover, MD – Maryland Live Casino




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