Living Colour have released a new version of “Cult Of Personality” featuring Steve Vai. You can check that out below. This news comes after the band recently performed the song with Vai at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil. Living Colour’s Vernon Reid commented:
“In celebration of 30th anniversary of Living Colour’s first appearance in Brazil, which also was Doug Wimbish’s first live appearance with the band, we are releasing a special edition version of ‘Cult Of Personality’ featuring our special guest in Rio De Janeiro, our dear friend, the extraordinary Mr. Steve Vai on additional guitar. Engineered and mixed by the original producer of the song Mr. Ed Stasium.”
Living Colour have dropped off the remaining dates on the 2021 “Summerland” tour with Everclear, Hoobastank, and Wheatus. The band pulled out of the trek due to “transportation issues.”
The group issued the following statement:
“It is with deep regret that we will not be performing on the remainder of the Summerland Tour Fall 2021 + select headlining shows after September 25th due to continued transportation issues.
We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment. Everclear, Hoobastank and Wheatus are new additions to our family and we want to wish everyone a safe and healthy 2021 and beyond!”
Living Colour have started working on new music. Guitarist Vernon Reid confirmed the news during a recent appearance on “Lipps Service With Scott Lipps.”
Reid said the following:
“Corey [Glover] and I started working on a song. We’ll see where that goes.”
He continued when asked about possible lyrical themes:
“We’re processing what exactly this period… ‘Cause a lot of folks, their immediate reaction, a lot of [musicians] are [writing songs about] George Floyd-type things. We’re really looking at absorbing it, because I don’t wanna just do a George Floyd hook. That situation was so traumatizing, and we wanna think that the world was shifted. And the world gets traumas every now and again. The murder of Martin Luther King was traumatizing. And eventually you get something like ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ [by U2]; it’s a beautiful song. But the underlying issue and underlying problem never seems to go away. And it’s the not-going-awayness of it that’s what I would wanna talk about.”
“There’s something this litany of names, the constant litany of names [of victims of racial injustice]. Whose will the next name be is what concerns me as opposed to being stuck on a particular victim. Even though what happened to George Floyd was particularly egregious, there’s another part of the phenomenon that is where the Breonnas [Taylor] and the Ahmauds [Arbery] — and the names keep going. Lately, there was a victim; his name’s Winston Smith. And it strikes me very strongly, because Winston Smith is [also the name of] a protagonist of George Orwell’s ‘1984’. And it’s those kinds of things that are what LIVING COLOUR are gonna go; those are the kind of places we’re gonna go.”
Everclear have announced the return of the “Summerland” tour. The trek will kickoff in July and it will also feature: Living Colour, Hoobastank, and Wheatus.
07/02 – Middletown, NY – Orange County Speedway
07/03 – Atlantic City, NJ – Orange Loop Arena
07/08 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre
07/09 – Fort Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s Texas
07/11 – Cedar Park, TX – H-E-B Center
07/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
07/16 – Terre Haute, IN – The Mill
07/17 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
07/22 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center
07/23 – Black Mountain, NC – Silverados
07/24 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
07/28 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre
07/30 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center Back Lot
07/31 – Murfreesboro, TN – Hop Springs
09/25 – Omaha, NE – Barnato on the Block Festival
More dates to be announced.
Everclear frontman Art Alexakis commented:
“After personally fighting COVID-19 for two months and managing the lingering symptoms, I’m so grateful that the numbers are going down, the vaccines are going up, and that we’re getting the chance to tour the U.S. again. I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s lineup of legendary alternative bands. Living Colour, Hoobastank and Wheatus have always been personal favorites of mine and I am so excited to share the stage with them this summer. I speak for the whole tour when I say we’re absolutely thrilled and grateful to get back out on the road and perform live again for our fans, friends, and family.”
Living Colour have shared a new video for their song “This Is The Life.” The clip features footage from the ongoing demonstrations as protesters continue to stand against systemic racism and police brutality following the police killing of George Floyd. The track appears on the band’s 1990 album “Time’s Up.” Living Colour commented:
“‘Time’s Up’ was released 30 years ago and sadly we’re still fighting the same fight. If you don’t like the current agenda, it’s your responsibility to go out an VOTE!”
Living Colour have announced a fall headlining tour. Check out the dates below.
10/12 New Hope, PA – Havana Room
10/13 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penns Peak
10/14 Pittsburgh, PA – La Creme Music & Arts Festival
10/15 Kingston, MA – Pinz
10/17 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
10/19 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
10/20 Leesburg, VA – Tallyho
10/21 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
10/23 Detroit, MI. – The Magic Bag
10/24 West Dundee, IL – Rockhaus
10/25 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
10/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/28 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
10/29 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
10/31 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
11/01 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
11/02 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
11/04 Orlando, FL – Disney
11/05 Orlando, FL – Disney
11/07 Destin, FL – Club LA
11/09 Nashville, TN – City Winery
Living Colour were the musical guests on last night’s (September 11) episode of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” Check out some footage of them playing “Come On” on the show, along with footage of them performing “Wall” as part of an online exclusive for the show as well.
Living Colour have premiered a new song titled “Program,” via Loudwire. This song is from their new album “Shade,” which will be released on September 8.
Click the LINK to go to the stream.