Living Colour make their first appearance in the North East of England since their date at the Newcastle Mayfair on the Stain tour in 1993.

The innovative New York-based quartet recently released their eagerly anticipated sixth studio album Shade earlier this summer. This being Living Colour’s first new record since The Chair in the Doorway in 2009. The album took almost four years to make and takes the band back to the roots of the music which influenced and inspired them.

Subsequently, a packed out crowd are in attendance at the Riverside Newcastle this evening to welcome the band’s return.

Hard rocking midlands based outfit Stone Broken opens the show, this being the band’s second appearance in this very room in recent months, having opened for Glenn Hughes here at the start of the year. It seems that with each and every performance this band is growing in both confidence and stature. Fueled on by support from the likes of Planet Rock Radio and their loyal fanbase – Stone Broken has firmly established themselves as one of the best new British rock bands on the circuit.

Stone Broken deliver a high energy set featuring tracks from their debut album All In Time including radio hits like “Stay All Night” and the band’s more ballad-like wedding song “Wait For You”.

There is also room for a new track titled “Doesn’t Matter” from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album scheduled for release next year. Drummer Robyn Haycock also takes her moment in the spotlight with a frantic drum solo. 

With tracks like “This Life” the band conjure up images of Alter Bridge with their melodic crunchy guitar riffs and infectious hooks. Stone Broken round up their short but sweet set with “Not Your Enemy” leaving the Geordie crowd more than warmed up for the mighty Living Colour.

Tonight’s show at the Riverside Newcastle marks the end of this current Living Colour UK run and subsequently, the band are in high spirits from the off.

Of course, rock music evolved from the blues, with many artists citing the influence of delta blues singers such as Robert Johnson. As Living Colour takes to the stage they open the show with their up-tempo take on Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues”, which also features on their latest album.

Lead vocalist Corey Glover who is dressed in his colourful jacket, trilby hat and decorative stage boots passes comment about Donald Trump before breaking into the aptly titled “Wall”. Frequently throughout the evening, there is witty onstage banter between guitarist Vernon Reid and Glover. The latter of which often tries to stop Reid from getting a word in, which only seems to encourage both he and the crowd even more.

Mid-set Living Colour takes the audience back to their 1988 debut record with a triple whammy of crowd-pleasing favorite’s in the shape of the bass-heavy “Middle Man”, the incredibly funky “Desperate People” and “Open Letter (To a Landlord)”, which has the fans singing along from the off.

As the show progresses Living Colour shift their focus towards their new record with four consecutive numbers from Shade. Again, the band reflect upon their influences as they put their own unique funky rap/fusion stamp on hip-hop icon The Notorious B.I.G’s “Who Shot Ya”.

Each of this incredibly talented outfit gets their moment to shine during the course of the show. From Glover’s soulful acapella rendition of the Otis Redding classic “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay”, to Doug Wimbish’s solo bass extravaganza “Swirl” and Will Calhoun’s impressive drum solo, which also comes complete with fluorescent drumsticks. Of course, Vernon Reid’s blistering and passionate guitar solos light up the stage all night long.

Living Colour plays straight through their 90 minute set this evening, with no encore. They bring the proceedings to a close with the anthemic “Love Rears Its Ugly Head” and “Cult of Personality”, during which the crowd hangs on every word.

On the strength of tonight’s performance, Living Colour is most definitely back with a vengeance. Let’s just hope it’s not another 24 years before they return to Tyneside.

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Event Date: 07-Oct-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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