I got to the Trocadero around 9:30pm and met with the legendary, baddest
rock bass player this side of the world....TM Stevens....and his wife! After
some drinks, it was time to witness a miracle of a funk-rock show.......
Vernon Reid, Corey Glover & Doug Wimbish
COLOUR took to the stage at 10:00pm to perform an oldie, "Memories Can't
Wait".....the highlights were during the 3rd verse when Wil Calhoun broke
it down on the mighty drums and when the band strategically threw in pauses
between lines....that was da bomb!! The guitar (courtesy of Vernon Reid) and
bass (courtesy of Doug Wimbish) rock chords were definitely solid and so was
the ever-so-passionate vocals of Corey Glover! "Song Without Sin"
(from the new CD, COLLIDE0SCOPE) was a great, hardcore funk-rock tune and
"Funny Vibe" was superb, with moments of punk-rock energy, Doug
announcing "Philly, welcome to your new neighbor!" and a bad case of
"nasty bass-itis"....DOUG, YOU"RE TOO CRAZY!! "? of
When" was another rock scorcher, which segued into "Operation Mind
Control" (like on the CD)......Vernon was the absolute star with some
crazoid guitarisms!! I caught some fans singing the chorus.....go ahead,
fans! "Ignorance is Bliss" was good. "In Your Name" was
a great piece of metal-bending, brain-melting stuff with the bass and guitar
a-blazin' with an element of Headfake/Jungle Funk artillery.....some
pre-recorded sound samples, like programmed drumbeats and laser-sounding
Corey sitting atop the speaker.....admiring the energy of the audience!!!
"Flying" was a beautiful slow song, considering that it focused on what probably happened to 2 people on that dreadful day on the upper floors of the World Trade Center complex. The highlight of "Flying" was the distorted guitar riffs of Vernon, but a funnier highlight was seeing Doug jump in during the last 3 seconds of the instrumental break to shoot out a spanking funk-bass riff!! "Sacred Ground" lit the club afire with the heavy crunch of guitar-bass metal.....yours truly could not control himself! Wil is too lethal on drums......so bad, he could break down tall buildings with his sticks of death!!! "Middle Man" and "Time's Up" were great. "Cult of Personality" was da bomb......Wil was lethal on drums, the guitar-bass rock combination was killer on the ears, and the fans were in rock heaven!! Fans knew and sang the lyrics along with Corey! Corey climbed atop a speaker and onto the second floor balcony, funkin' with the Living Colour fans! Corey even demanded that the second floor fans stand on their feet. The band finished and walked offstage, to come back a few minutes later to do the Jimi Hendrix classic "Crosstown Traffic"........the club was ripped apart by the rock force......them boys will work you like a full-time job on the stock exchange pit!!!! Again, fans were singing the lyrics and Corey was definitely feeling love from Philly! The show was over at 11:20pm.
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