With frontman Corey Glover back at the helm, funk metal crew Living Colour is plotting its return to the world stage with a new record and international tour plans for the fall.

The New York City based group will kick off its road trip with its first North American tour in about four years, beginning September 1 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. A dozen dates have been booked so far for the national run, which closes October 2 at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI.

Some of the confirmed club dates include a September 3 concert at World Café Life in Philadelphia, PA, a September 8 gig at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH, a September 18 performance at Emo’s in Austin, TX, and a September 24 show at The Key Club in West Hollywood, CA.

Living Colour is touring with original members Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid and drummer Will Calhoun, along with bassist Doug Wimbish, who joined the band in 1993 after the departure of original bassist Muzz Skillings. Glover recently rejoined the lineup in 2008 after taking a few years off to play Judas in the national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

After completing its North American dates, the quartet will continue on to South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

The band’s fifth studio album “The Chair in the Doorway” is due September 15. Recorded outside of Prague in the Czech Republic, the effort is a follow-up to 2003’s “CollideØscope,” which had been Living Colour’s first new album in a decade.

“I did a press junket for ‘CollideØscope’ with Corey, and whenever something was going wrong Corey would always say, ‘The chair in the doorway,'” Reid recalled in a recent statement on the band’s official MySpace page. “It was just one of these things he would say, and I looked at him and said, ‘You know that thing you always say, that’s going to be the title of our next album.'”

Though Reid confessed he wasn’t sure of the phrase’s exact meaning, he felt the imagery conjured by the phrase was most important, describing it as “a concrete image and a very real thing.”

Living Colour burst onto the scene in 1988 with its debut “Vivid.” The album featured the Grammy Award-winning single “Cult of Personality,” which remains one of Living Colour’s best known and most popular tracks.

Living Colour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

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September 1 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
September 3 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
September 4 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
September 6 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
September 8 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
September 12 Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head Tavern
Septmeber 18 Austin, TX Emo’s
September 19 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
September 24 West Hollywood, CA The Key Club
September 26 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
September 27 Seattle, WA Studio 7
October 2 Ferndale, MI The Magic Bag