Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: LIVING COLOUR’s world tour, kicking off in September

Living Colour's Chair in the Doorway

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To celebrate the release of LIVING COLOUR’s new CD, “The Chair in the Doorway,” the band kicks off their first North American tour in four years tomorrow night at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. The tour will also include performances in South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

“The Chair In The Doorway”, is LIVING COLOUR’s first new studio album in five years, and will be released on September 15 via Megaforce Records. The legendary downtown New York City rock band, who exploded out of CBGB in the late ’80s, landing all over MTV, the cover of Rolling Stone and stadium stages around the world with its Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum debut album “Vivid”, is back and as “fierce” as ever.

Original members Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun and (since 1993) Doug Wimbish gathered at Sono Studios outside of Prague in the Czech Republic during the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009 to write and record what would become “The Chair In The Doorway”. The results stretch from the modern soul anthem “Behind The Sun” to the politically-charged, heavy rock of “DecaDance” to the sacred steel blues of “Bless Those”. The artwork for “The Chair In The Doorway” was compiled from thousands of contest entries by fans from around the world.

Having helped to pave the way for a number of contemporary African-American artists to follow in their wake, ranging from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE to LENNY KRAVITZ to BEN HARPER, with a multi-dimensional sound that drew equally from JIMI HENDRIX, BAD BRAINS, TALKING HEADS and ORNETTE COLEMAN, the success of LIVING COLOUR broke down the color barriers in rock music. Guitarist and founding member Vernon Reid also founded the Black Rock Coalition to use his influence to further this cause.

Discovered by Mick Jagger who produced their first demo and later offered them an opening slot with THE ROLLING STONES, LIVING COLOUR would go on to create a repertoire that includes a multitude of classic songs, including “Cult Of Personality”, “Elvis Is Dead”, “Open Letter To A Landlord”, “Glamour Boys” and “Love Rears Its Ugly Head”. With “The Chair In The Doorway”, the fifth album of the band’s storied career, LIVING COLOUR expands the scope of its timeless body of work and, in the process, proves vital as ever.

Confirmed Tour Dates:
Sept 1 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
Sept 3 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 4 – The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Sept 6 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
Sept 8 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH
Sept 9 – FTC @ Stage One – Farfield, CT
Sept 10 – Johnny D’s – Somerville, MA
Sept 11 – Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
Sept 12 – Rams Head Tavern – Annapolis, MD
Sept 15 – HOB Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
Sept 16 – Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
Sept 18 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Sept 19 – Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
Sept 20 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Sept 23 – Canes Bar and Grill – San Diego, CA
Sept 24 – The Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
Sept 26 – Berbatis Pan – Portland, OR
Sept 27 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Sept 30 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 2 – The Magic Bag – Detroit, MI
Oct 3 – Lee’s Palace Toronto, ONT
Oct 5 – The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Oct 30 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and a multimedia journalist. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. She is currently working on several botanical portrait commissions for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Art Collection and on a book of portraits of her favorite Asian American men in the arts and space. She is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com.

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