Living Colour at Parkpop, Zuiderpark, Den Haag, The Netherlands - 25th of June 1989.
Guitarist Vernon Reed started Living Colour in '84 and was in its early incarnation mainly an instrumental band who regularly performed as a fusion band. Singer/actor Corey Glover, also known for his role as Private Francis in Oliver Stone's movie "Platoon", was recruited by Vernon at a common friend's birthday party where he sang "Happy Birthday." Drummer William Calhoun and Bassist Muzz Skillings followed later. By frequently touring the clubs in and around Manhattan, the band quickly gained a following. Because of this their club tours gradually expanded to different areas. Mick Jagger's (Stones) interest in the band came about when Vernon auditioned as a studio musician for his solo album "Primitive Cool". On the advice of Tina Turner’s manager Roger Davis, the Stones frontman went to see/check out the band at the CBGB’ s in New York. After this show Mick decided to help the band, who was still in its demo phase, with the production of the songs "Glamour Boys" and "Which way to America". Much later the band got a record deal with Epic Records and their debut album “Vivid” was a fact. The release of it didn't do much at first, got little airplay, partly due to their highly volatile fusion of Hardcore, Funk and other varieties of music. It was just too experimental for the radio. But through extensive touring, the band gained more name recognition, MTV played their clip of "Cult of Personality", and all of this reflected on more album sales. The interest in this foursome was also aroused by the Parkpop festival programmers, who added this band to the bill. On this beautiful sunny day, Dutch Radio DJ Jan Douwe Kroeske announced the act for which most of the audience had come to The Hague. Under a barrage of decibels, their explosive mixture of all kinds of music styles was expressed. And partly due to the boundless enthusiasm of the band members and the energetic presentation of singer Corey Glover, this musical euphoria was spread out to the audience. Through the huge enthusiastic crowd of people, the crush barriers almost didn't hold it almost anymore. Fortunately, no accidents happened. To cut a long story short, Living Colour was the sensation of the day.