There’s no overselling “Vivid,” Living Colour’s 1988 debut album. It brought much-needed intellect and craftsmanship to hard rock at the time. It made Living Colour tour mates with the Rolling Stones, earned the band a Grammy, and granted it membership into the alternative-rock scene. It reminded that guitar-rock was not a “whites only” game.
Living Colour is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Vivid’s” release with a tour that brought the band to the Paradise Friday night. The sold-out affair reiterated the splendor of “Vivid” and reinforced that Living Colour — even a little greyer — is still a devastating band.