Karsten Staiger

Corey Glover and his band Galactic play Harlow's in Sacramento on Tuesday night. Karsten Staiger

Galactic's Glover still a creative personality

Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4TICKET

New Orleans-based, funk-infused jam band Galactic is in Lawrence, Kan., when lead vocalist Corey Glover (of Living Colour fame) calls and reports that the band covets the warmer climes of California.

Galactic's "Freeze Out" tour has taken it from its annual all-night Mardi Gras party at legendary NOLA club Tipitina's through the ice tray known as the Midwest.

The band will be in the Golden State soon enough: Galactic plays Harlow's nightclub on Tuesday night.

The band, formed in 1984, performs and records as a high-energy quintet with a wide array of visiting musicians and musical influences, and Brooklyn-bornGlover has been the main guest vocalist since 2010.

Glover, 48, started singing at age 6 in church and school choirs. In 1985, the aspiring actor and musician was asked to sing "Happy Birthday" at a friend's party. Guitarist Vernon Reid was there and drafted him into Living Colour, which evolved into the Grammy Award-winning African American rock band whose debut 1988 album "Vivid" went multiplatinum.

Glover's acting résumé includes roles in Oliver Stones' "Platoon" and on stage in "Jesus Christ Superstar." He has recorded solo albums and will be at the Fillmore in San Francisco in March as part of Living Colour's tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Vivid," which that band will play in its sequential entirety, beginning with the hit "Cult of Personality."

How did a Brooklyn rocker wind up in a funk-jazz New Orleans band?

The whole thing with Galactic is we have mutual friends, mutual interests. We all like the same kind of music and it just manifests itself in many different ways.

I watched a video of you and the band covering Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times." Does Galactic do any Living Colour tunes?

We do a few, but for the most (part) we're doing Galactic (material).

For your 2012 solo album "The Pledge" you used crowd sourcing via the PledgeMusic site. How did that work out?

Excellently. Part of what they do is give a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations – Doctors Without Borders, Wildlife Fund – but I decided to give it to one I worked with more than once, called NY2NO (the New York 2 New Orleans Coalition).

What was it like sharing a foxhole with Charlie Sheen in 1986's "Platoon"?

It was three months of my life that I'll never forget. Johnny Depp. Forest Whitaker. They were also in the foxhole with me.

Because of your acting, many people thought you were Danny Glover's son. You're not, but do people still ask you about that ?

Absolutely. If your name is Glover, I guess that's what you're going to get. Maybe I should have changed my name.

A few years ago, you played Judas in a national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Did you build up a lot of bad karma betraying Jesus eight to 10 times a week for nearly two years?

No, no, no. That show is, like, my favorite. Part of the reason I wanted to sing rock music was from seeing "Jesus Christ Superstar" and Carl Anderson doing what he does in it.

For Living Colour's "Vivid" 25th anniversary tour, are you going to break out the neon wet suit from the "Cult of Personality" video?

I doubt it. It's way back in my closet. I don't know if I can move back all that stuff to get it.

When that video came out, your hair received a lot of attention. Do you miss your dreadlocks?

No. When I first decided to do that to my hair, it was an effort to hide. Like, if I'm not doing this well enough – I'm not confident enough – I could always hide behind my hair. Seriously. When I got rid of it all, it was a sign of acceptance of myself, more than anything else.

Nothing says acceptance quite like being included in a popular video game. Have you ever played "Cult of Personality" on "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock"?

Yes.

How did you do?

I suck at it. Really.


AN EVENING WITH GALACTIC

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub, 2708 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $32.50

Information: http://harlows.com (916) 441-4693

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