Live Review: Extreme / Living Colour – Brisbane 2023

Live Review: Extreme / Living Colour – Brisbane 2023


New York legends Living Colour delivered an unforgettable performance at the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane. With their unique fusion of funk, bass-driven rhythms, and hip-hop influences, they captivated the amazed audience from start to finish with their infectious groove machine!

The band members, including Vernon Reid on guitar, Corey Glover on vocals, Will Calhoun on drums, and Doug Wimbish on bass, showcased their incredible mastery of their respective instruments. Each member brought their own flair and creativity to the stage, resulting in a tight and mesmerizing performance.
Corey Glover’s vocals were nothing short of brilliant. His range and control were awe-inspiring as he effortlessly belted out each note with precision. The chemistry between the band members was palpable as they seamlessly transitioned from one song to another.

Doug Wimbish’s bass playing was a true highlight of the night. His skills were nothing short of a masterclass as he effortlessly moved across the fretboard, creating a shimmering foundation for the band’s sound. The combination of his bass lines with Will Calhoun’s dynamic drumming created a rhythm section that was both powerful and groovy.

Beyond their musical prowess, Living Colour also deliver a powerful political message through their songs. From the iconic “Cult of Personality” to the thought-provoking “Time’s Up” and “Ignorance is Bliss,” they tackled important issues such as human rights, racism and environmental destruction with passion and conviction.

One standout moment of the night was their stunning cover of “Nothing Compares to You,” which showcased the band’s ability to take a well-known song and make it entirely their own. Their unique interpretation breathed new life into the track while still honouring Prince’s original beauty.
Living Colour provided an entertaining experience that left the audience in awe. Their skill and talent were truly wow worthy as they delivered an unforgettable performance that showcased their ability to push boundaries while still staying true to their roots for what they are known, a truly breathtaking display of musicianship!

This Extreme Boston-based powerhouse is a true force to be reckoned with. With Gary Cherone’s blistering vocals leading the way, accompanied by magical first-class backups, their live performances are nothing short of electrifying and Tonight the Fortitude Music Hall in the Valley was in for a real treat!
Nuno Bettencourt’s virtuoso guitar skills are a sight to behold. His artistic and skilled approach to playing not only showcases his gifted genius but also brings a unique blend of blues, rock, and metal to the band’s sound.

After a 15-year wait the band touring “Six” Smashed out their new song “Banshee”, “RISE” and iconic classics “Get the Funk Out,” “More Than Words,” “Hole Hearted” and “Cupid’s Dead” – each one a testament to their remarkable musical mastery. The way they seamlessly blend elements of glam, funk, and hard rock is truly awe-inspiring, these guys have proven that their skill and brilliance are unmatched.
But it doesn’t end there. Pat Badger on bass and Kevin Figueiredo on drums complete this superstar lineup with their own version of perfection. Their powerful and remarkable style adds depth and intensity to every song played.

Extreme has always been known for pushing boundaries and taking their music to new heights. It is clear with “Six”, that Extreme are back with a vengeance. They have once again demonstrated their ability to create music that captivates and excites listeners.

The last show of the Australian Tour was truly something to behold. The energy in the venue was electric as fans eagerly awaited the band’s return to the stage. When they finally emerged, it was clear that Extreme had not lost a step over the years. Their performance showcased not only their technical prowess but also their passion for creating music that resonates with audiences. From powerful ballads to high-energy rock anthems, each song was delivered with precision and emotion.

It is undeniable that Extreme is a group of true musical freaks who possess a level of skill and brilliance that sets them apart from others in the industry. Extreme is back with a vengeance, reminding us all why we fell in love with their music in the first place.


Middle Man
Preachin’ Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)
Leave It Alone
Ignorance is Bliss
Funny Vibe
Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)
Open Letter (to a landlord)
Love Rears Its Ugly Head
Glamour Boys
White Lines (Don’t Do It) / Apache / The Message
Time’s Up
Cult of Personality


It (‘s a Monster)
Decadence Dance
Rest in Peace
Hip Today
Play With Me
Other Side Of The Rainbow
Hole Hearted
Cupid’s Dead
Am I Ever Gonna Change
Midnight Express
More Than Words
(Intro: Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls”)
Take Us Alive / That’s All Right
Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
Get the Funk Out
Small Town Beautiful / Song for Love
Rock and Roll