Living Colour: Live Last Night
By Sarah Godfrey
A comeback of the hard rock/metal lite band Living Colour makes perfect sense right now, what with the recent resurgence of spandex, neon colors, and other '80s/'90s looks. And yet the group, known for its gaudy outfits, looked pretty tame at its show at the Birchmere on Tuesday night. The members wore regular old T-shirts and jeans -- it was almost as if they wanted folks to focus on their music or something.
But Living Colour's outrageous gear -- which, during the group's heyday moved pop culture discourse surrounding the band from talk of race to fashion sense -- has always been part of the package: weird clothes helped them fill arenas and land a then-coveted spot on the "Arsenio Hall Show" back in the early '90s. Maybe their current more subdued look explains why singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish (who replaced Muzz Skillings years ago) had a bit of a rough time getting into old material. What's "Glamour Boys" without a little glamour, after all?
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After a few glitches, (that no one would've noticed if Glover and Reid hadn't point them out) during "Middle Man," from their 1988 debut, "Vivid," and "Type" from the group's 1990 sophomore effort "Time's Up," Glover said, "Let's do something new -- the old stuff we [screw] up."
Turns out the toned down clothes worked with songs from new album, "The Chair in the Doorway," slated for a Sept. 15 release. Tracks previewed included the aggressive, screamo-flecked "The Chair" and poppy lead single, "Behind the Sun."
Neither song could compete with "Cult of Personality," or "Elvis is Dead," of course, but fit well with Living Colour's more mature, buttoned up style.
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