When: Wed., Dec. 30, 7 & 10 p.m. 2015
As a middle-schooler in the mid-90s with a subscription to Modern Drummer, I had the name Will Calhoun embedded in my brain even before the likes of John Bonham and Keith Moon. A full-fledged ripper, the Living Colour drummer was a regular in the magazine’s pages, just as his equally virtuosic bandmates were hailed in nerdy gearhead rags like Guitar World and Bass Player. Still best known for their 1988 Grammy-winning debut single, “Cult of Personality”—not to mention the neon-yellow Body Glove unitard singer Corey Glover wore in its video—this NYC metal band spent the first half of the 90s weaving together pop, hard rock, and funk, pulling it off with mind-bending chops that likely made techy guitar players drool. Living Colour broke up in ’95, reunited in 2000, and have even released a couple of records since, but their legacy is heard more loudly than their new tunes these days. Some huge bands that smash together heavy metal and funk—from the good (Faith No More), to the bad (311), to the ugly (Red Hot Chili Peppers)—owe a tip of the hat to Living Colour, and today young hardcore groups like Turnstile and Power Wrench pay tribute by funking up aggro punk. For over a year they’ve been working on another new record, Shade, and after some delays, it’s expected to see the light of day in 2016.