LIVE: Living Colour @ Empire State Plaza, 6/4/14

June 10th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Living Colour’s Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photographs by Richard Brody, Stanley Johnston

When the Governor Nelson Rockefeller regime built the Empire State Plaza back in the ’60s, it displaced and destroyed a huge and vital chunk of the City of Albany’s neighborhoods. So it was with no small sense of irony that Living Colour ripped into “Open Letter (To a Landlord)” on Wednesday night from the stage on the very same plaza.

“Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see…”

Whether the band had any idea about the concert site’s history or not is moot. The song was virtually written to be played on that stage, and the added weight of the ESP’s history imbued the ferocious anti-gentrification anthem with a weight that it probably doesn’t carry at most Living Colour concerts.

Then again, maybe they did know exactly what they were singing about – and where they were singing it. Vocalist Corey Glover kicked off their show by declaring, “We finally made it to the Capital, and we’re ready to burn it down.”

And, burn, baby, burn, they did. At least musically speaking.

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Parade o’ Shoes: Vernon Reid of Living Colour

June 6th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Vernon Reid

Photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 6/4/14

Vernon Reid, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

June 3rd, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Vernon Reid

Vernon Reid

“The first record that I ever bought with my own money – and not my mom’s money – was `Cosmic Slop’ by Funkadelic. Yeah, that must have been the one.”

Guitarslinger Vernon Reid cranks it up with his bandmates in Living Colour as they kick off the Capital Concert Series at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday (June 4). The evening’s music kicks off at 5pm with Local 518 faves Mirk, followed by Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds before headliners Living Colour take the stage. Admission is free.

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