By the early 1980s, rock, especially hard rock, had become highly segregated. Unlike a few years earlier, in the Jimi Hendrix/Sly & the Family Stone/Santana era, that genre had largely become a white phenomenon.

Then, along came New York’s Living Colour, helping to break down  doors and pave the way for a more inclusive musical landscape. The band is still around, and you can catch them and their hard-rocking sound in action Sunday night at The Rose in Pasadena.

Living Colour took a few years for its sound to gel, but then none other than Mick Jagger took them under his wing, produced a demo for the quartet and helped them secure a deal with Epic Records. That alliance led to the band’s debut album, “Vivid,” released in 1988, which included their breakout hit, “Cult of Personality.” The song’s video was all over MTV, and history was made, leading to Living Colour taking home the gold for Best New Artist in the MTV Video Music Awards in 1989.

The band is still touring and recording.

Visit them at facebook.com/pg/livingcolour.


Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. Sunday at The Rose, 245 E. Green St. Pasadena. Tickets are $24 to $44. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.