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It’s been 25 years since the release of the classic rock album Vivid by Living Colour. To commemorate this great accomplishment the band is on currently on tour. Friday night the Vivid 25th Anniversary tour touched down at Atlanta’s Little Five Points venue, Variety Playhouse. The Playhouse was packed to the rafters with fans waiting to hear the band perform, and believe me it was well worth the wait.
Local Atlanta band StoneRider opened the show, and they set the tone for a great evening of rock & roll. StoneRider band members include Tanner (lead guitar/vox), Adam McIntyre (bass/vox), and Jason Krutzky (drums/vox). I placed myself in the midst of the standing room only crowd to get a feel for the musical energy.
The energy went from 100 to 1,000 once the stage was set up for Living Colour and the house lights went down for them to take the stage. Preachin’ Blues was at the top of the playlist for the set and it was only right to pay homage to one of the groups’ influences, bluesman Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson set the tone in the way he played the guitar on blues records which would directly influence and shape rock & roll. Living Colour took that torch and have been running with it ever since. The crowd went bananas when the group followed up with their signature song, Cult of Personality. I found myself caught in a mosh pit where the music had taken over person after person. I’ve never seen dancing like that before, but that is a testament to the way this band keeps their audience captivated and fully entertained.
The entire set performance by the band was amazing, but there were particular moments that stood out to me and will resonate in my mind…. After performing a few tracks, lead vocalist Corey Glover took us to church with a stirring rendition of Amazing Grace that brought on chills. This brother’s voice is so awe inspiring and truly amazing. You can tell that Living Colour has an unbreakable bond like no other, as there were times throughout the set where the guys jokingly engaged with each other at times. They seem to get along very well.
Open Letter (To A Landlord) was my favorite performance of the evening. The powerful lyrics of that song are so relatable to me and others who find themselves having to endure the struggle. Corey had on a t-shirt that read “Harmless Brown Man”, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict that is a strong statement considering what young Black men encounter.
Corey Glover (lead vocals), Vernon Reid (guitars/vocals), Will Calhoun (drums/percussion/vocals), and Doug Wimbush (bass/ambiance/vocals) also known as Living Colour are leading by example, giving young Black men hope in a world that at times can seem hopeless. Mic Check Media thoroughly enjoyed the Vivid 25th anniversary show. In our opinion the band have earned the key to unlock your spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rock on Brothers!
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