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Summer tour is like rock old home week for Living Colour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Being part of Jane's Addiction's brief Sterling Spoon Tour is like old home week for Living Colour.

The quartet was part of the original Lollapalooza package tour that Jane's launched in 1991, so Living Colour feels like part of the 25th anniversary celebration. And guitarist and co-founder Vernon Reid says it's also a chance to catch up with old friends.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing Dave Navarro (Jane's guitarist)," Reid, 57, says by phone from his home in New York. "Dave and I get along really well. Guitarists are just a very weird bunch. You either have sympatico or you do not, and I was very fortunate with Lollapalooza. I had sympatico pretty much with all the guitarists on that tour, especially Dave, so it's always fun to see him...and all those dudes, really."

The tour also catches Reid and the rest of Living Colour in full-throttle creative mode.

The group is nearing the completion of "Shade," its first new album since 2009's "The Chair in the Doorway." But the socially conscious troupe -- which was the face of the Black Rock movement during the late 80s thanks to the success of its double-platinum 1988 debut album "Vivid" and its hits "Cult Of Personality," "Glamour Boys" and "Open Letter (To A Landlord)" -- is part of a special mixtape project inspired by the recent rash of police shootings and built around the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1995 "Who Shot Ya?"

The latter will feature contributions by Pharoahe Monch and Divine Styler as well as other artists to be announced soon, and Reid says the goal is to provoke discussion and awareness and not just protest.

"We've never shied away from the conversation about the way we live in America; That's been part of our conversation for the entire history of the band," Reid explains. And he's sure that recent events will generate some more new material that will make it to the "Shade" album.

"That's actually something we're talking about and I'm processing as well, lyrically and musically," Reid says. ""My head is swirling like everybody else`s heads is swirling. We're in it; We've got a few new places to go, but we're getting it done."

Living Colour with Jane's Addiction and Dinosaur Jr.

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.

Tickets are $39-$79 pavilion, $25 lawn.

Call (586) 268-5100 or visit palacenet.com.


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