Best known for their Grammy Award winning anthem "Cult of Personality", Living Colour will bring their Synesthesia Tour to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, December 5 February 13, at 8 p.m. Rolling Stone has called Living Colour “funk-metal pioneers.” During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the barriers by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands. Special guest is Station, a New York City-based band that combines superior musicianship and songwriting talent to serve up a new brand of melodic hard rock. Tom Tom’s (417 Main St., Ridgefield) is offering a free glass of house wine with dinner the night of the show when tickets/stubs are presented. An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt’l per person), which includes a pre-show cocktail party 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show, which is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
Singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Muzz Skillings and drummer Will Calhoun first formed in the mid '80s, with Reid being the only member with real prior band experience from his time with Ronald Shannon Jackson and his recording with Defunkt and Public Enemy. Reid also produced a solo album with Bill Frisell, Smash & Scatteration. Living Colour’s striking video for their anthem "Cult of Personality" was all over MTV, pushing their debut album Vivid to the upper reaches of the charts and to Platinum certification. Living Colour also took home the first of several Grammy Awards, as "Cult" won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony, and the band supported the release with a string of dates opening stadiums for the Rolling Stones' first U.S. tour in eight years that fall.
For tickets ($47), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org.