In this exclusive Guitar World lesson, watch Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid talk about the band's The Chair in the Doorway album and teach you how to play their classic 1988 hit "Cult of Personality."
Five years have passed since funk-metal icons Living Colour released a studio album. Apparently, the band has decided that’s long enough. The New York rockers are currently hard at work at a New Jersey studio, where they’re writing and recording a whole slew of new tunes.
Earlier this week, D’Addario introduced its NYXL electric guitar strings — what the company considers the next generation of strings. To celebrate the occasion, D’Addario hosted a star-studded launch party May 1 at the Carle Place Guitar Center in Long Island, New York.
Vivid is an excellent representation of Vernon Reid's distinct, versatile style. He unleashes "power rhythm" and a blues·drenched solo on "Middle Man," the band's first single, while the "Funny Vibe" showcases his clean rhythm playing and screaming urban lead style. His alternately subtle and savage whammy bar technique is an LP highlight.
This past Tuesday night, an all star cast of musicians including Elvis Costello, Todd Rundgren, and the Roots gathered at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for "Robert Johnson at 100," a special concert dedicated to the late blues guitar innovator, Robert Johnson, who would have turned 100 last year.