Living Colour – Opera House, Toronto – April 13, 2013
Review and Photos by Aaron Tamachi
Living Colour -- http://livingcolour.com/
Morre -- http://www.morremusic.com/
Polarity -- http://www.polaritymusic.ca/
The night of April 13th was a night to remember for the many nostalgic fans of legends Living Colour. The show also featured a few awesome bands from Toronto, one of which was the homegrown 5-piece alt-rock band, Polarity.
The crowd easily bonded with Polarity during the length of their 40 minute set. Polarity was able to pull the crowd in with the soft and seductive vocals, with the cool and often haunting lull of guitars, and the sway from the sexy bass lines. The energy from Polarity was so evident, it was nearly contagious. These guys had it all. They pumped up the crowd up and readied them for an auspicious performance from supporters, Morre.
Nope, that wasn’t a typo—Morre is another Toronto-based entity and a fantastic band that assumed the stage next. This edgy band was just short of blowing the minds of the now nearly fully packed in room. With a 40-minute set, the band knew how to use it. They had a high level of fan interaction along with an intricate sound that encapsulated the audience members. Fans could be seen and heard in various spots of the venue, dancing and swaying from side to side while commenting on the music and saying they loved the sound. You can’t get a greater compliment than that!
…or so I thought. After all, this was before Living Colour came on stage.
These legends have seen and experienced it all. In forming in ’86, these kings of pretty well every genre took the reins wholeheartedly, and pushed it hardcore until they broke up in ’95. They had a successful reunion in 2000, and have been experiencing success again ever since. You know that song that always played when you were playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea’s? How about that song everyone loved on Guitar Hero 3? It was Living Colour, continuing to blow the minds of present-day youth with vintage tunes, and this show was the chance for them to experience the band live.
Ascending the stage, all 4 original members of Living Colour broke the silence of the expectant crowd with “Preachin’ Blues” followed up with the song everyone was anticipating, “Cult of Personality”. Undoubtedly it was a showstopper, and proved that the song, much like the band, gets better with age.
Admittedly, Living Colour were not in fact in the shape or condition to do back flips and stage dive, however, they played better and stronger than most young bands do. Consistently, Corey Glover (vox) delivered pitch-perfect vocals and breathtaking wails and squeals which left audience members
thunderstruck. Fan favourites included “Glamour Boy’s” as it pulled into an intense ten-minute drum solo, “Cult of Personality”, “What’s Your Favourite Colour?” and “Bi.” Closing their incredible and panty-dropping set was and an encore that included “Wall”, “Love Rears its Ugly Head”, and the well placed “Time’s Up”.
It’s clear why these guys are still playing and are still highly effective, and clearly they can pass on a thing or two….. or ten…. to the younger generation of musicians.
The night was perfect, from the bands, to their performances, and right down to the crowd interaction. True perfection at its peak!
Living Colour Setlist
Cult of Personality
I Want to Know
Open Letter (To A Landlord)
Memories Can’t Wait
What’s Your Favourite Colour?
Which Way to America? (With drum solo)
Leave it Alone
Ignorance is Bliss
Love Rears its Ugly Head