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— Living Colour

Will Calhoun (d.) Corey Glover (v.) Doug Wimbish (b.) and Vernon Reid (g.)

1988 Vivid

Like A Rolling Stone  — In the darkest depths of Manhattan’s underground, a young guitarist and the band he called Living Colour attracted the attention of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. Soon after his first seeing Living Colour, Jagger expressed his admiration, and offered to help the young band makes its way in the World of Rock N Roll music.




1989  Steel Wheels   
After seeing Living Colour at CBGB, and talking to Vernon after, Mick Jagger helped Living Colour sign its first record deal with Epic Records, and produced two songs on the debut, Vivid. Then Mick invited Vernon and the band to open for the Rolling Stones on its upcoming Steel Wheels (North American Tour 1989).

Which Way To America? 
Talking Loud, Saying Something
Living Colour is an aggressive, passionate, and always honest band.
Same as it ever was.

— dave. (art/photography/editing)
“Which Way To America” b/ Living Colour

The Color Of Rock

Paint It Black  — At the time of Living Colour’s arrival, the music world was still visually influenced by a still-evolving MTV aesthetic. It was impossible to ignore, that in addition to being as good as any of in the Rock N Roll World, it was hard not to notice that Living Colour wasn’t “Fashionably” Black, but rather Fashionable and Black. Virtuoso musicians, who are as much passionate, social activists who have never forgotten the importance of using their stage to deliver an honest message of economic and racial justice. This. in a predominantly white, Rock N Roll World. Living Colour has always, from the beginning, always made it clear that there was room for the color black in a predominantly white Rock N Roll World.

1990 Time’s Up 
Start Me Up — After an explosive launch and meteoric rise, Living Colour fired its second stage, and the band was headed to the outer regions of musical space.

1991 Perry Farrell invited Living Colour to be a part of what was designed to be his Jane’s Addiction farewell tour, Lollapalooza.

1992 Doug’s Big Decision 
Mick Jagger / Bruce Springsteen / Seal /

1993 Stain
Emotional Rescue — In the middle of their first World Tour, Living Colour was flying Icarus high when Muzz Skillings lost interest, and abruptly left the band. Scheduled the next month to play Rock Rio in Brazil, Vernon, without hesitation called his old Downtown NYC friend, Doug Wimbish, who was available to fill in. Sugar Hill Records’ original house band bass.
“The Message,” “White Lines,” “8th Wonder,” and so many other  Hip Hop anthems, and in the meantime, with the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, and many others, including his own TACK>>HEAD, Doug was exactly what Living Colour needed, and when he accepted Vernon’s offer to join the band, the odyssey was set to continue.

1994  A Voyage Ends  
Despite high critical praise, and an almost universal appreciation for Living Colour’s next more, into the darker regions of musical space, Vernon was less than satisfied with Stain, and made the difficult (personally necessary) decision to bring the Living Colour voyage to an end.

1995 Pride

1996 Under Cover Of The Night
Gimme Shelter — As Living Colour dissolved, all its individual parts became more distinctly different, and individual.

Mistaken Identity b/Masque (Vernon)

— Experimental Soul

Hymns  b/ Vice (Corey w/Mike Cicero)

— Home Again (Downtown NYC

Jungle Funk  b/ Doug & Will (w/Vinx)

— East Europe Experiment


2000 Back Where It All Began

Time Waits For No One — More than Living Colour being silenced, its separation offered the opportunity for each member to grow on his own, and they all took it. Fate made another important appearance in the Living Colour story, Christmas Week, 2000.

HOLY SHIT! 9/11 2001
Shattered — As it interrupted the entire World, the attack on 9/11 also brought Living Colour’s New Millennium Reunion Tour came to a premature end.

2002 Yohimbe Brothers (DJ Logic)

2003 Collideøscope

2004 Masque / Tack>>Head 

2005 Mark Stewart + Maffia

2006 Little Axe @ Real World

2007 Bad Dog (Bernard Fowler)
Living Colour @ Sully’s Pub (Hartford, CT)

After Show Fusion (Doug, Vernon, Keith Leblanc, Jeff Smith)

2008 CinemaSonics / Tarja Turunen
Free Form Funky Freqs
2009 The Chair in the Doorway

2010 WimBash 2010 (TACK>>HEAD)

2011 WimBash 2010 (Little Axe)

2012 W

2013 — Hip Hop Fathers
Rapper’s Delight (w/ The Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section)

2014 — The Sully’s Party Is Over
Rapper’s Delight (w/ The Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section)

2017 Shade  

Pt.5   — Black Out Shade, and Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Like A Rolling Stone
Freedom of Expression
Truth Be Told

Fuck Disney
Back in the U.S.S.R. (Russian Hoax/2016)
The Walls Between Us All Must Fall
Immigrational Desire (And Need).

time waits for no one 
1988 Vivid
“Funny Vibe” w/ Chuck D, Flavor Flav (Public Enemy)

1989 — Live from CBGB’s
1990 Time’s Up!
1991 Biscuits
1993 Stain
1993 (NO) DREAD)

“Crosstown Traffic” Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (1993)
“Me, Myself & My Microphone” (w/Run DMC) Judgement Night Soundtrack (1993)
“Sunshine of Your Love” True Lies (1994)
1995 Pride
Jack Bruce
Carlos Santana
Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz)
Lenny White (Miles Davis)
Blood Ulmer
DJ Logic
Yohimbe Brothers
Masque VooDoo Pimp Stroll
Free Form Funky Freqs

2000 Black Jack Johnson w/ Mos Def

Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish, Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic), Dr. Know (Bad Brains)

2003 Collideøscope

David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen)

2004 Tack>>Head Reunion

2007 Vernon w/ Blood Ulmer / Buddy Guy

Wimbash 2007

Living Colour @ Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar

Living Colour @ WCCC (Hartford, Connecticut)

Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish, Keith Leblanc, Jeff Smith

2008 Free Form Funky Freqs

Jamaaladeen Tacuma Vernon Reid Calvin Weston Don Byron Rome 2011

2009 The Chair in the Doorway

— Bernard Fowler (Tack>>Head) NYC @ The Highline Ballroom

2010 Tack>>Head @ Wimbash

2011 Living Colour

2012 Living Colour

2013 Rapper’s Delight / Living Colour

Wimbash 2013 / Hip-Hop / 

Living Colour @ Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar

Living Colour @ WCCC (Hartford, Connecticut)

2016 Who Shot Ya? / Imagine / Black In D.C.

2017 Shade 







n The Wonderful World Of Living Colour
n Pt.1 — a vivid beginning
n Pt.2 — post-apocalyptic reunion
n Pt.3 — back in the USSR
n “who shot ya?”
n SHADE (Sept. 9, 2017)


Joe Satriani
Not of This Earth1986
Surfing with the Alien (1987)
Flying in a Blue Dream (1989)

Joe Satriani  David Letterman (1992)?
The Extremist1992
Time Machine (1993)
Joe Satriani (1995)
Crystal Planet (1998)
Engines of Creation (2000)
Strange Beautiful Music (2002)
Is There Love in Space? (2004)
Super Colossal (2006)
Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (2008)
Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010)
Unstoppable Momentum (2013)
Shockwave Supernova (2015)
What Happens Next (2018)
Shapeshifting (2020)


Guns N’ Roses
Appetite For Destruction (1987)
G N’R Lies (1988)
Use Your Illusion I (1991)
Use Your Illusion II (1991)
“The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993)
Live Era ’87-’93 (1999)
Chinese Democracy (2008)


— Black Rock / In the Shadows

In The Shadows
Black Rock Coallition @ The Met (2019)

July 2, 2014  — Living Colour announced on their official website that they were putting the finishing touches on their upcoming sixth album Shade, which was released on September 8, 2017. “Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light, From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey,” Reid stated on the official website. The album includes 10 originals and 3 covers: Robert Johnson’s “‘Preachin’ Blues”, Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Who Shot Ya?” and Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues'” available on CD, MP3, and vinyl.

On August 19, 2016 the band released a cover of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?”, from an upcoming EP entitled Mixtape which was released on September 9. It features appearances from Chuck D, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Prodigal Sunn, and Kyle Mansa.