.

Glover on Living Colour's Return With "The Chair in the Doorway"

July 30, 2009 2:08 PM ET

When Living Colour returned out of hibernation with their 2003 reunion release, Collideøscope, fans probably assumed the group would return to their previous record-tour-record cycle. But this didn't prove to the case, as the band — singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun — has subsequently focused solely on live work. But that's all about to change with the release of the group's fifth full-length, The Chair in the Doorway, on September 15th.

"It's been a long time," Glover tells Rolling Stone. "We've been putting this thing together for a number of years now, off and on. Between gigs, soundchecks, going to several studios, cataloging it and deciding what we were going to use. We really got focused on it last year. We were playing in Europe, and we took a break and went into a studio in Prague [Sono Studios]. That was really good, because we had already been playing, and we had gotten into that groove of playing together. When we got into the studio, we were in a really good place."

"Burned Bridges," "DecaDance" and "Behind the Sun" prove the classic Living Colour sound is back on The Chair in the Doorway, which is also a much more focused from a songwriting standpoint than its predecessor. "I think we were a little more concerned about what needed to be on this record, and what needed to be said," Glover says.

Just don't ask Glover to compare The Chair in the Doorway to such earlier Living Colour classics as Vivid or Time's Up. "I can't compare it — I wouldn't even try to compare it. It would do a disservice to any of the other Living Colour records. Each one has its own distinct sort of thing about it, and its own idea that it's trying to put across."

With it now being nearly nine years since Living Colour members buried the hatchet and resuscitated the band (that lay dormant for a spell during the mid-late '90s), Glover points out that his mates are still seeing eye to eye. "We get along great — this is the best we've felt about each other in a long time. Back in the day, the animosity — whether it was real or imagined — sort of affected everything. Sometimes it was positive, sometimes it was negative. I think we have a genuine appreciation of what we are and who we are, and understand each other."

So what's next for Living Colour after The Chair in the Doorway drops? "We're going on the road. We start in September with North America, then we go to South America, then Europe, and we'll see happens from there. Right now, this is the most important thing to me."

Living Colour tour dates:
Aug. 10 - The Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ The Roots)
Sept. 1 - The Birchmere | Alexandria, VA
Sept. 2 - Bottle & Cork | Dewey Beach, DE
Sept. 3 - World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 4 - The Crazy Donkey | Farmingdale, NY
Sept. 6 - Infinity Hall | Norfolk, CT
Sept. 8 - Tupelo Music Hall | Londonderry, NH
Sept. 9 - FTC @ Stage One | Farfield, CT
Sept. 10 - Johnny D's | Somerville, MA
Sept. 11 - Mexicali Live | Teaneck, NJ
Sept. 12 - Rams Head Tavern | Annapolis, MD
Sept. 14 - The Loft | Atlanta, GA
Sept. 15 - HOB Orlando | Lake Buena Vista, FL
Sept. 16 - Jannus Landing | St. Petersburg, FL
Sept. 18 - Emo's | Austin, TX
Sept. 19 - Granada Theatre | Dallas, TX
Sept. 20 - Warehouse Live | Houston, TX
Sept. 23 - Canes Bar and Grill | San Diego, CA
Sept. 24 - The Key Club | West Hollywood, CA
Sept. 25 - Regency Grand Ballroom | San Francicso, CA
Sept. 26 - Berbatis Pan | Portland, OR
Sept. 27 - Studio Seven | Seattle, WA
Sept. 30 - Fine Line Music Cafe | Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 2 - The Magic Bag | Detroit, MI
Oct. 3 - Lee's Palace | Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 4 - Double Door | Chicago, IL
Oct. 5 - The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
Oct. 30 - Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com