Catapulting out of downtown New York City’s music scene in the 80’s with their hit single Cult of Personality, Corey Glover and Vernon Reid of Living Colour are back with a new album. Last year – two decades after they rocketed to fame, the band released the acclaimed album The Chair in the Doorway and is now in the midst of a bona fide global resurgence. New York Magazine has the scoop:
Reid and Glover met at a birthday party in Brooklyn in 1986. Glover was born and raised in Brooklyn and today lives in Harlem with his wife, a schoolteacher, and two sons. Reid was born in London to a Caribbean family and immigrated to Brooklyn when he was 2. He was given the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys while a student at Brooklyn Tech High School; he was also a Santana nut after first hearing “Black Magic Woman” on WNEW. These days, he lives on Staten Island with his dancer wife and 6-year-old daughter.
“We got in late last night from our gig in Dallas, and then I had to wake up early this morning and take my boys to school. I came straight to the studio from there,” Glover says backstage, before kicking off his green Pro-Keds for a nap. Reid comes in with a $20 bill someone gave him right out of an ATM. On the back, someone has written obama is a nazi along the borders. “Can you believe this?” he asks, feigning shock.
While rock-history books overflow with references to groups like Television, Talking Heads, Blondie, and the Ramones, little has been documented about pioneering black rock bands PBR Streetgang, 24-7 Spyz, Eye & I, Faith, and J.J. Jumpers, who performed at the same Lower East Side venues. But at the time, there was a scene, spearheaded by a nonprofit called the Black Rock Coalition, which Reid helped to start in 1985. “The price of real estate makes it impossible to repeat,” laments Reid, who spoke at CBGB owner Hilly Kristal’s memorial in 2007. “Nobody can afford just to open some little hole in the wall where bands can develop.”
Read the full article here. And tomorrow, Feb 13, Corey Glover will give a very special intimate acoustic performance at 92YTribeca. Taking a moment away from their world tour, Glover will stretch out his golden pipes in a stripped down setting at 92YTribeca, the day before Valentine’s day. You can expect a love song or two.
Simi, the fearless lead singer/guitarist/violinist of the punk/glam rock band Suffrajett, plays a solo opening set.
[Corey Glover at 92YTribeca]
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Game Rebellion: Feb 19
Nomadic Wax Presents African Underground: Feb 20
Leaders of the New Cool featuring Curren$y, Stalley, Mikkey Halsted, Tiara Wiles, Rich Hil, Skotch Davis, Nero: Feb 24
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