Living Colour, the multi-platinum rock band whose music Rolling Stone described as “an intoxicating brew of hard, grinding rock with splashes of funk, jazz, reggae and pop,” join Aerosmith for the band’s Blue Army tour. The dates kick off on Saturday, June 13 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix.
“It’s incredibly exciting for us to open for one of America’s, and the world’s, most prominent rock bands,” said guitarist Vernon Reid of the summer outing.
The New York-based band will also be playing a series of headlining dates over the summer including a 4th of July performance at Brooklyn’s 44th Annual International African Arts Fest.
June 13 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
June 24 Evansville, IN Ford Center
June 30 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena
July 2 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall *
July 3 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun *
July 4 Brooklyn, NY 44th Annual International African Arts Fest *
July 7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
July 9 Anaheim, CA House of Blues Anaheim *
July 10 Salinas, CA California Rodeo Salinas
July 13 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
July 16 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
July 19 Ft. McMurray, AB SMS Stadium
July 22 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 25 Minot, ND North Dakota State Fair
July 28 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater Northwest
August 4 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
August 7 Canton, OH Tom Bensen Hall of Fame Stadium
Sept. 11 – 13 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
* Living Colour headlining dates, more to be announce shortly.
Living Colour is wrapping up work on their fifth album, Shade. In a recent interview with Loudwire, singer Corey Glover said of the new album, “As time progresses, a shadow falls and it’s about the progression of time. We’re trying to dissect and really take the roots of the music that created us and take it to task.” Andre Betts, who worked with has previously worked with the band, returned to produce a few tracks on the new offering.
Reid, in a feature for Guitar World, explained the album is influenced by Reid’s interest in how “the blues, hard rock and metal are connected. We’re not going to do a blues-rock record but the blues is very integral and important. So that conversation has been the underpinning of what we’ve been doing.”
Living Colour is Will Calhoun (drums), Corey Glover (vocals), Vernon Reid (guitar) and Doug Wimbish (bass).