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Lia Chang: LIVING COLOUR performs at the Highline Ballroom in New York on October 30, upcoming dates in Brazil

LIVING COLOUR drummer Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

LIVING COLOUR drummer Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

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I can’t wait until LIVING COLOUR performs at the Highline Ballroom in New York on October 30.

LIVING COLOUR in on their first North American tour in four years to celebrate the release of their new CD, “The Chair in the Doorway”.

LIVING COLOUR drummer Will Calhoun checked in from Minneapolis, and said the band is having a fabulous time on the road. They recently played their new track “Behind the Sun” live, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

“The Chair In The Doorway” (Megaforce Records), is LIVING COLOUR’s first new studio album in five years. 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.

LIVING COLOUR'S Chair in the Doorway

LIVING COLOUR\’S Chair in the Doorway

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”.

Living Colour © Bill Bernstein

Living Colour © Bill Bernstein

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.

I’ve listed additional dates for their gigs in Brazil, where they will perform before hitting the Highline. Check back for additional dates in South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Tour Dates:
Oct 2 – The Magic Bag – Detroit, MI
Oct 3 – Lee’s Palace Toronto, ONT
Oct 5 – The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Oct 9 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Music Hall, Av. Cotorno, Belo Horizonte
Oct 10 – Recife, Brazil @ Clube Atletico – venue TBC
Oct 11 – Porto de Galinhas, Recife, Brazil @ venue TBC
Oct 13 – Rolling Stone Magazine anniversary with concert TBC
Oct 15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Via Funchal, Rua Funchal 65, Sao Paulo
Oct 16 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador, Rua dos Arcos, S/N, Rio de Janeiro
Oct 17 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador or Vivo Rio Music Hall
New York
Oct 30 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
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Will Calhoun on Myspace
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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and a multimedia journalist. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for 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.

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One comment on “Lia Chang: LIVING COLOUR performs at the Highline Ballroom in New York on October 30, upcoming dates in Brazil

  1. cdudrock
    October 1, 2009

    I saw that perfomance on Jimmy Fallon. It was way cool to to see them back together.
    I go way back with Living Colour, back to 1989!! I saw them at the Metro in Chicago.
    I had just bought that month’s Guitar Player Mag, it had Vernon Reid on ther cover. Well, I go a chance to go backstage to the dressing rooms and get it signed by the man himself!! Later downstiars in the disco, me and Corey Glover danced with a girl. It was a hot night.
    I still have that magazine and the plugger announcing that concert.!!

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