There are certain bands which elicit an immediate thought of their most famous song. Anyone who thinks of Kiss almost immediately jumps right to “Rock n’ Roll All Night.” Beyonce on the brain normally entails “Put a Ring on It.” Some bands, such as Radiohead, absolutely refuse to play their first and biggest hit “Creep” during live shows.
Then there’s New York City-based Living Colour, a band of city boys formed by British-born Vernon Reid in 1984, which unequivocally embraces its success and does not shy away from playing the hits. Their first appearance at Rams Head On Stage in the mid-2000s was a surprise to many in the audience who had no idea the venue’s walls could hold in the thrashing sounds of Living Colour’s Corey Glover-voiced hits “Cult of Personality,” “Glamour Boys” and “Leave It Alone.”
Winners of multiple Grammy and MTV Video Music awards, Living Colour are pioneers of rock with a lineup made of mostly black musicians. The band managed to combine elements of hip hop, funk hard rock and even some glam rock into its repertoire of five studio albums.
The sixth studio offering from the band is “Shade,” scheduled for release in 2015. Living Colour canceled a chunk of their Fall 2014 tour to focus on finishing the album so expect “Shade” to really rock your earbuds.
“While we don’t want to disappoint our fans we need this time to finish recording the new album,” Reid told the band’s website. “We will be back in February with new material. We really appreciate our fans’ support and want to make the best record we can.”
Jake Linger is a professional writer and music lover who lives in Anne Arundel County.