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“Imagine?” There Is No Heaven.
b/ John Lennon
Corey Glover (vocal)
((( song )))
September 24, 2016 — Willie is a Vietnam veteran who was part of a Civil War Bugle Corp at the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, on The National Mall in Washington D.C. President Barack Obama spoke, and the Freedom Sounds concert followed. The event featuring a number of indigenous art, culture, and musical displays and performances, ending on a large stage standing in the late afternoon shadow of the Washington Monument. Playing the day out, were, Stanley Clarke, The Roots, Public Enemy, and Living Colour, all exhibits in the museum.
Still Loud. Still Proud. Still Vivid.
After nearly 40 years on the Rock N Roll road, from “Cult Of Personality” to “Who Shot Ya?,” Living Colour still delivers its socially conscious and politically active message is as direct, pointed, and viciously honest as ever.
The Wonderful World …
AS ALWAYS, SHARP-TONGUED, SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS, AND NOW, MORE VICIOUSLY HONEST THAN EVER.
• In The Beginning. Vernon Reid’s band Living Colour staked its first musical claim in Downtown New York City.
• A New Millennium. After a seven-year hiatus, and a chance meeting at CBGB’s, the band decided to reunite and schedule a 2001 Summer Tour.
• The Day The Earth Stood Still. Living Colour was well into its reunion tour when 9-11 brought it, as it did everything, to an abrupt end.
• In The Post-Apocalyptic Area. Reenergized, the band went out to finish what it had started. They never had more to say, and with a renewed sense of purpose and a sharpened edge, they went out to deliver their pointed, aggressive, and viciously honest message.
• THE DEVIL IS SINGING OUR SONG And Then Came Fox News, Neo Nazis, Domestic Terror, and Domestic Terror, and a child king named Trump, leader of a most insidious “CULT OF PERSONALITY” called the Republican Party.
… of Living Colour
Where can we find light In this never-ending shade?
— Amanda Gorman
National Youth Poet Laureate reading at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration, January 20, 2021.
The walls between us all must fall.”
Living Colour delivered an intense performance, in the shade (long, late afternoon shadow) of the ever present Washington Monument.
September 24, 2016 — Living Colour was invited (with Public Enemy and The Roots) to play the opening of The Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. The FREEDOM SOUNDS concert that included Public Enemy and The Roots, followed president Barack Obama’s speech, dedicating the long awaited opening of Washington’s newest museum.
Moved by the alarming frequency of gun violence in America, and it so often being against young, unarmed black men by an overly militarized police force, Living Colour released “Who Shot Ya?,” a Biggie Smalls cover, recorded for its (yet-to-be-released) Shade.
And Now? Post-Obama? After-Trump? … Living Colour’s first shot across the right-wing bow was the release of Shade. in 2017.his time the band’s own “Freedom of Expression” is a vociferous fight to defend another (1st) Amendment to the United States Constitution that finds itself under a relentless, “Make America Great Again,” sanctimonious attack.
IN THE BEST OF WAYS, Living Colour is the same kick-ass, rock n roll band from New York City, Kick-Ass band, that with a little help from fan Mick Jagger, exploded onto the world stage in 1989. The same aggressive band that’s never been shy to howl at the establishment moon. “Back In The U.S.S.R.”
w/ Mick Jagger