Living Colour – 7th October 2017 – Riverside Newcastle
By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)
It’s been 24 years since Living Colour last played Newcastle. A few feathers were ruffled when their co-headline tour with Glenn Hughes was cancelled, as it felt like we had seen the last of them. Thankfully, the release of their new album ‘Shade’ has brought them back over for a tour which has taken in more cities than the usual London, Manchester and Glasgow ‘UK tours’. Tonight saw them back in Toon for the last night of the tour!
The band looks relaxed taking the stage and the outfit Corey was wearing could easily spark an online argument about its colours the way it seemingly changed in the light!!
Kicking off with Robert Johnsons ‘Preaching Blues’ the guys kinda lulled us into a sense of false security then kicked it up with ‘Wall’ (from the ‘Stain’ album) and a double blue whammy of ‘Middle Man’ and ‘Desperate People’ from the debut ‘Vivid’. New album is represented with a middle set segment of ‘Who Shot Ya/Come on/Who’s That’.
F.O.X Corey’s voice is incredible and you get to hear it’s full strength when during a technical hitch he just goes into a solo rendition of ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ which had the hairs on everyone’s arms standing to attention! A friend said it was like something he’d expect to have seen on footage of the greats at the Apollo in its heyday and I have to admit he wasn’t wrong.
Vernon, Doug and Will all have their spotlight moments too which in my opinion are a little unnecessary as we know just how good they are already BUT it’s still nice to see I guess! It’s the strength of their genre splitting songs that have always excited me though from the soulful ‘Love Rears It’s Ugly Head’, and the caustic ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ to the social commentary of ‘Open Letter To A Landlord’; Living Colour have never been scared to speak their minds and along with Fishbone they are one the most important bands of the era that expanded my (already eclectic) musical taste.
As always set closer ‘Cult Of Personality’ raises the roof and the band looks genuinely over the moon with the reception they have had, here’s hoping it won’t take as long to return or we will all be needing pass outs from nursing homes to attend!!
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