Doors at 6:30pm
Living Colour at 7:30-8:10
Dinosaur Jr at 8:30-9:10
Jane’s Addiction 9:30-11p
Doors at 6:30pmPosted by
The lobby area outside the main house doors at the Philly Fillmore last night sounded like someone raided the old 90s mix-tape drawer. The Beasties and Rage, Blind Melon, Harvey Danger, The Cranberries — this DJ knew the audience he was there to warm: the early birds of the throng of 2500 Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour fans waiting patiently to sprint to the front row, jockeying for position against the stage before the lights dim.
Corey Glover and co. emerged, weaving themselves among an abundance of stage equipment set against a panel of amplifier stacks, and launched into a set of their trademark pioneering funk metal. Glover is engaging, in a vest and tie, lifting his cap every so often to expose his bright green hair. As guitarist Vernon Reid laid into his traditional thick distortion, Glover paced between verses of the band’s characteristic sociopolitical commentary, highlighted last night most notably by their cover of Notorious BIG’s “Who Shot Ya?,” offered against the current context of the latest wave of police abuse of lethal force. After a modest but explicit attempt to ignite a mosh pit, the singer hurled himself up over the barricade, charging into the crowd and chased by his security detail who seem not to have anticipated the play.
Throughout Living Colour’s set, seven-year-old Mason Simon of Maple Shade flailed wildly on his air drums at his fourth major rock and roll show, perched atop his father Billy’s shoulders, his hearing responsibly protected by a hardy set of royal blue plastic-shelled earmuffs. The aspirations don’t go unnoticed, as drummer Will Calhoun offered him a set of his sticks before leaving the stage.Posted by