Living Colour's Vernon Reid & Doug Wimbish talk to Marty Duda ahead of their upcoming show at Powerstation
The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to both Vernon Reid and Doug Wimbish at length recently. Today we feature part one of the conversation with Vernon Reid. The interview was conducted shortly after this year’s Grammy Awards show and Vernon weighs in with his feelings on how the much-maligned awards were handed out this year. Reid also speaks out about the current political scene in the US and how it affects race relations.
Venron Reid Interview Part 1 click here
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Living Colour are bringing their 30th Anniversary Tour to New Zealand!
Led by the mighty guitar-slinging virtuoso Vernon Reid, Living Colour set the musical world on fire in the 1980s with their incendiary brand of funk-rock fusion.
Championed by Mick Jagger and credited with opening the musical landscape of the late 1980s with hits like the Grammy-winning Cult Of Personality and the Top 40 smash Glamour Boys, Living Colour broke through musical and racial barriers, opening for Guns n’ Roses and The Rolling Stones along the way.
Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.
These days Living Colour is a self-contained supergroup with vocalist Cory Glover, aka Rev Daddy Love, drummer Will Calhoun, an accomplished photographer who has played with B.B. King, Public Enemy and Wayne Shorter and acclaimed bass player Doug Wimbish, veteran session man who was a member of the original Sugarhill house band and part of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound.
Vernon Reid has a special connection to New Zealand, having assembled a one-off solo band in 2008 to appear at the G-TARanaki Guitar Fest jamming with GnR guitarist Gilby Clarke.
Living Colour’s next album, Shade, is due in 2017 and is described as "the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” according to Vernon Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn”.
30 years on, Living Colour are still a musical force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss them!