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Live will be touring Australia in April 2024 in a co-headlining tour with Incubus.

April 6, 2024 - Bribie Island - Sandstone Point Hotel
April 7, 2024 - Southport - Broadwater Parklands
April 9, 2024 - Wollongong - WIN Entertainment Centre
April 11, 2024 - Sydney - The Horden Pavillion
April 13, 2024 - Mornington - Mornington Racecourse
April 14, 2024 - Melbounre - Margaret Court Arena
April 17, 2024 - Adelaide - The Drive
April 20, 2024 - Hillarys - Whitfords Nodes Park

Ticketing information available on https://freaks4live.com/

• posted by dangum on september 18, 2023

Chad Taylor has annonced a show in Lancaster, PA under the name of "Chad Taylor & Friends". Chad Taylor will front a 5 piece band on vocals and will be performing a 3 hour show containing music from the past 40 years.

October 27, 2023 - Lacncaster, PA (Zoetropolis)

Join us for an intimate evening to celebrate the long-awaited return to the stage for Chad Taylor, founding member, co-songwriter, and former guitarist of the multi-platinum band LIVE.

After a three-year hiatus, the musical performance will feature a robust music catalog, including songs from LIVE, The Gracious Few, and new material. Taylor fronts the five-piece band on vocals and guitar while performing "Taylor's Version" of songs spanning his nearly 40-year musical journey. This is a new path in Taylor's historic rise from CBGB's, 9:30 Club, and The Chameleon Club to global recognition.

Taylor & Friends is filled with fresh faces and at least one musician with a bowling average above 220 who has a known affinity for chocolate Easter bunnies.


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• posted by dangum on september 6, 2023

Chad Gracey has started a new podcast with John Rotolo called "The Gracious Two". Episode 1 debuted this week and a new episode will be live on Facebook every Tuesday.

The Gracious Two Facebook page
Episode 1

• posted by dangum on september 6, 2023

Live will performing at the Seneca Allegany Casino on November 11 in Salamanca, NY.

November 11, 2023 - Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Casino

• posted by dangum on august 22, 2023

The latest episode of "I Took A Hike" features Chad Taylor.

Episode Description

Ever dream of strumming your guitar before a sold-out crowd? Fascinated by the inner workings of a successful rock band? Chad Taylor, founding member and former lead guitarist of the band Live, takes you backstage into the world of rock and roll - the melody, the harmony, and alas, the dissonance.

In our first thrilling section, Chad shares his inspiring journey from being a music-loving child to a rock star. He opens the door into his unique creative process influenced by Latin culture and the challenges he overcame with dyslexia. Switching gears, we then tune into the rocking dynamics of Live, the importance of teamwork, and the electrifying energy they bring to every performance. Chad also enlightens us on the business side of music - the record deals, the influence of individual artists, and the timing involved in hitting the high notes of success.

In the final verse of our conversation, Chad guides us through the art of songwriting and the emotional connection it creates with the audience. His candid revelations about his personal struggles, from managing relationships under the limelight to the peril of self-medication, will strike a chord with many. So, tune in, as Chad Taylor offers his unique and powerful insights into a world where creativity, personal growth, and music intersect.

The 2 hour interview is avilable through Spotify.


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• posted by dangum on august 2, 2023

In episode 27 of the GoodTimes Universe podcast, John Rotolo interviews Chad Gracey. Recorded in early July 2023.

Episode Description

On this episode we welcome back and chat it up with the one and only Chad Gracey from the multiplatinum selling rock band +LiVe+ This is a fun episode. Right at the start of the show we crack open a fresh bottle of whiskey and end the podcast with very little left. That means we start of professional and but he end we probably offend everyone on the planet. It was not us talking...It was the booze. Put on your sense of humor pants people...This is a long one so I made it into 2 parts Please like and subscribe & now episode 27 pt. 1!!!!

The interview is broken up into 2 parts and is available through Spotify and other streaming services.

Part 1 - https://open.spotify.com/episode/47Yjtn9mm1is7yVbQyzM4v
Part 2 - https://open.spotify.com/episode/1hlBCavT3N1L5sz3OThyrD

• posted by dangum on july 31, 2023

Live has announced a fall tour in the North East of the USA. All but 1 concert will be unplugged.

October 12, 2023 - Rutland, VA
October 13, 2023 - Boston, MA
October 15, 2023 - New London, CT
October 16, 2023 - Harrisburg, PA
October 18, 2023 - Washington, DC
October 20, 2023 - Morristown, NJ
October 21, 2023 - Atlantic City, NJ * electric band show
November, 8, 2023 - Albany, NY
November, 10, 2023 Ithica, NY

• posted by dangum on july 17, 2023

Live will performing at the final date of the Triple Play Concert Series on July 22 in New Lenox, IL.

July 22, 2023 - New Lenox, IL - Northern Quest Casino

• posted by dangum on july 15, 2023

Live will performing at the Northern Quest Casino on September 30th, in Airway Hights, WA.

September 30, 2023 - Airway Hights, WA - Northern Quest Casino

• posted by dangum on June 13, 2023

Live will performing at the Admiral Theater on September 27th, in Bremerton, WA.

September 27, 2023 - Bremerton, WA - ilani Resort

• posted by dangum on June 13, 2023

Live will performing at the ilani Resort on September 28th, in Ridgefield, WA.

September 28, 2023 - Ridgefield, WA - ilani Resort

• posted by dangum on may 23, 2023

Live will performing at Festivent on August 6th, in Levis Quebec. Other bands on the bill include Our Lady Peace, Emi Jeen and Samuel Jacques.

August 6, 2023 - Levis, Quebec (Canada) - Festivent

• posted by dangum on may 18, 2023

Live has annouced a tour date for Pittsburgh, PA in August 2023.

August 25, 2023 - Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE)

• posted by dangum on may 2, 2023

Live fan mattdm11 recently purchased an original tape of Public Affection's 'The Death of a Dictionary' and has generously provided a fresh transfer in lossless FLAC audio. This is a noticeable improvement from the bootleg versions that had been pressed onto CD. After hearing this version you will notice that the existing versions had been sped up. In this version Ed's voice sounds less like a chipmunk - it sounds much better.

FLAC files are available for download from here:
[Audio] Public Affection - The Death of a Dictionary (2023), Fresh transfer by mattdm11

• posted by dangum on april 26, 2023

Live has annouced a tour date for Las Vegas in June 2023.

June 24, 2023 - Las Vegas, NV (Fremont Street Experience)

• posted by dangum on april 26, 2023

Live has annouced 2 shows in Ohio for August 2023.

August 4, 2023 - North Ridgeville, OH (Victory Park / Buzzard Fest)
August 26, 2023 - Cincinnati, OH (Hard Rock Casino)

Details on both shows can be found here:

North Ridgeville, OH (Victory Park / Buzzard Fest), August 4, 2023
Cincinnati, OH (Hard Rock Casino), August 26, 2023

• posted by dangum on april 25, 2023

Live has annouced a tour date for Canada in July 2023. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

July 27, 2023 - St. John's, NL - Canada (George Street Festival)

• posted by dangum on april 22, 2023

In episode 23 of the GoodTimes Universe podcast, John Rotolo interviews Chad Gracey. Recorded in late March 2023.

The 1 hour 48 minute interview is available via through Spotify and other streaming services.


• posted by dangum on april 5, 2023

Live has annouced a Michigan date for July 2023. Tickets go on sale Friday.

July 21, 2023 - New Buffalow, MI (Silver Creek Event Center)

• posted by dangum on march 20, 2023

Rolling Stone has publshed another article regarding Live and their use of two drummers; Chad Gracey and Robin Diaz.

A link to the article can be found here:

• posted by dangum on february 28, 2023

Live has annouced a Memphis date for May 2023. Tickets go on sale now.

May 5, 2023 - Memphis, TN ((Beale Street Music Festival)

• posted by dangum on february 27, 2023

Live has annouced a Florida date for April 2023. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

April 7, 2023 - Fort Lauderdale, FL (The Parker Playhouse)

• posted by dangum on february 22, 2023

Rolling Stone has publshed an extensive article on Live titled: "Who Destroyed Live? - Alt-Rock Band Torn Apart By Drama, Crime, Lawsuits."

A link to the article can be found here:

• posted by dangum on february 18, 2023

Live has annouced a Pennsylvania date for June 2023. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

June 1, 2023 - Bethlehem, PA (Levitt SteelStacks Pavilion)

• posted by dangum on february 13, 2023

Live has annouced a California date for June 2023. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

June 23, 2023 - Highland CA (Yaamava Theater)

• posted by dangum on february 6, 2023

Live has annouced 2 Festival shows for June and July 2023.

June 2, 2023 - Crownsville, MD (Let's Go Music Festival)
July 29, 2023 - Brantford, ON Canada (Crew Fest)

Details on both shows can be found here:

Let's Go Music Festival
Crew Fest

• posted by dangum on january 27, 2023

In episode 31 of the ThrillCast, Bill Hynes interviews Live drummer Chad Gracey. Recorded in late 2022.

The 21 minute interview is available via through Spotify and other streaming services.


• posted by dangum on january 27, 2023

Live will be performing 2 unplugged shows in Ridgefield, CT in March 2023.

March 22, 2023 - Ridgefield, CT (Ridgefield Playhouse)
March 23, 2023 - Ridgefield, CT (Ridgefield Playhouse)

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday at 10am: https://tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/AccessDenied.asp?p=4175&venueview=1&src=

• posted by dangum on january 18, 2023

Live will be performing in Tampa Bay Florida ( Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival) in April 2023.

April 8, 2023 - Tampa Bay, Florida (Busch Gardens)

TIckets available here: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/shows/food-and-wine-concerts/live/

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• posted by dangum on january 10, 2023

In lieu of an official 25th Anniversary edition of Secret Samadhi, a fan compiled collection has been created and a 2CD or 5CD version is available for download.

The 2 CD version consists of the following material:

Disc 1: Secret Samadhi
Disc 2: Live at The Warehouse, Toronto Canada

The 5 CD version consists of the following material:

Disc 1: Secret Samadhi (vinyl rip)
Disc 2: Churchbox Session Demos (1996)
Disc 3: Remixes
Disc 4: Live at The Warehouse, Toronto Canada
Disc 5: 1997 World Tour

FLAC files and detailed information about the mateiral is available for download here:
 [Audio] Secret Samadhi 25th Anniversary Edition (2CD & 5CD), Fan-made project

Big thanks goes to ridleybradout for compiling and producing this release.

• posted by dangum on december 25, 2022

Live has annouced 2 dates in the The Netherlands in July 2023.

July 8, 2023 - Weert, The Netherlands - (Bospop Festival)
July 10, 2023 - Utrecht, The Netherlands - (TivoliVredenburg )

• posted by dangum on december 6, 2022

Live will be appearing on day #3 of the 3 day Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA.

May 7, 2023 - Atlanta, GA - Central Park (Shaky Knees Festival)

Bands include: The Killers, Greta Van Fleet, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (May 5), Muse, The Mars Volta, Tenacious D (May 6) and The Lumineers, Hozier, The Flaming Lips (May 7)

• posted by dangum on november 30, 2022

Chad Taylor has posted an article on Medium.com where he talks about recent events with Live as well as other topics.

The Reckoning: William T. Hynes

• posted by dangum on november 6, 2022

Chris Shinn was interviewed in a Rolling Stone article where he discusses his time as frontman for Live.

Chris Shinn on Fronting Live: 'I'm Just Embarrassed By the Whole Thing'

• posted by dangum on november 2, 2022

Live has annouced a new date for December.

December 30, 2022 - Mount Plesant, MI - Soaring Eagle Entertainment Hall

• posted by dangum on october 28, 2022

Chad Gracey has started a YouTube channel. It can be found here:youtube.com/channel/UCQCk1ZAf5rTFmFYlfpejzvg

The first video posted is a drum performance of Iris.

• posted by dangum on september 15, 2022

Live has annouced 4 new tour dates for October and November 2022. The dates are listed below, tickets go on sale this Friday.

October 29, 2022 - Niagara Falls, ON - Fallsview Casino Resort
November 16, 2022 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
November 18, 2022 - Bensalem, PA - Parx Casino - Xcite Center
November 19, 2022 Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino

The lineup for these shows is: Ed Kowalczyk, Zak Loy, Robin Diaz and Chris Heerlein.

• posted by dangum on september 13, 2022

Zak Loy was interviewed on the Good Times Universe podcast.

"On this episode we get to welcome back and talk to the newest member of the band LiVe...Mr. Zak Loy. Not only is he an amazing musician but he's a cool dude. and gracious to his fans. Hear about the start of his musical journey and how that led to meeting and forming a friendship with Ed Kowalzyck. We talk about Zak's 40th Bday bash and the charity event he hosted at it called "To Cure a Rose." Hear about this and so much more... Please like and subscribe and now... Episode 19!!!"

Podcast is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2bj5ZrQ6xLm7MqZ8QctutI

• posted by dangum on august 30, 2022

Chad Gracey was interviewed on the Stay Tuned with Troy and Howie podcast.

"Troy and Howie chat with multi-Platinum album drummer, Chad Gracey, from LIVE about how they got started way back in 8th grade. What are they up to now and listen to LIVE's "I Alone" and "Iris" from their album "Throwing Copper". Why they're not in the Rock and Roll HOF is mind boggling."

Podcast is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3QXsziw9gAaOtU5LAo63VD

• posted by dangum on august 27, 2022

Chad Gracey returned to ThrillCast studio, this time to perform a couple of Live tracks on drums. Chad also answers a few drumming related questions. The full recording of the show can be viewed on YouTube.


• posted by dangum on august 9, 2022

Chad Gracey is appeared on the Bill Hynes "ThrillCast" podcast and answered numerous questions on Live and other various topics. The full recording of the show can be viewed on YouTube.


• posted by dangum on july 28, 2022

Chad Gracey is scheduled to appear on Bill Hynes' ThrillCast postcast in the first week of July. This will be streamed live and according to Bill, fans will be able to ask questions. See the Facebook post below for more details.


• posted by dangum on june 27, 2022

Ed Kowalczyk has collaborated with Avira to release a reimagining of Lightning Crashes. The track is available on most streaming services. A link to the track on YouTube can be found below:


• posted by dangum on june 23, 2022

Ed Kowalczyk posted a message on Instagram stating that he now controls 55% of Live and that Chad Taylor has been fired.

"As of last evening, I control 55% percent of LIVE. Chad Taylor is fired. He will never stop the music again. Thank you all for your amazing love and support. I cried multiple times yesterday reading your comments and messages - it really meant the world to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

A link to the post can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfEWIJgufDc/

• posted by dangum on june 21, 2022

Adam Kowalczyk was interviewed by Rob Acampora on "The A-Game" podcast on May 14, 2002. A video of the interview can be found on "The A-Game" YouTube channel.


• posted by dangum on may 16, 2022

Chad Gracey will appear on the "What Not" app and video chat with with user "Pops and Such" on April 12, 2022. More details can be found on the Fans of Live Facebook page


[Update: April 12, 2022] - An mp3 recording of most of the show can be downloaded on the forum. Click on the "Comments" link above or click here for a direct link.

• posted by dangum on april 8, 2022

Chris Daughtry has revealed that Patrick Dahlheimer will be touring with Daughtry on their US tour. Patrick will join the band in February and March 2022. A list of tour dates can be found here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/daughtry-tickets/artist/1097212.

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• posted by dangum on january 27, 2022

During The Gracious Few's 2010 tour, the Depeche Mode song "It's No Good" was performed at multiple shows. In March 2017, a studio version was posted to The Gracious Few Facebook page. The file can be downnloaded from this Dropbox location or can be streamed at the following YouTube link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nedg4dGKLEA

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• posted by dangum on january 17, 2022

"Ball of Confusion" is now available to stream on Spotify and YouTube. The Tempations track was covered by Strange Majik and features Ed Kowalczyk on vocals. Links can be found below.


• posted by dangum on january 13, 2022

According to Bearded Gentlemen Music, David Pattillo was working with Ed Kowalczyk on a solo album in 2018.


• posted by dangum on january 3, 2022

According to a Twitter post by David Pattillo, band Strange Majik will be releasing a cover of the Temptations track "Ball of Confusion" on January 14, 2022.


• posted by dangum on january 3, 2022

Live has cancelled their 3 South African shows that were scheduled for November due to COVID-19 related reasons. See the following link for refund details.


• posted by dangum on september 28, 2021

Live has withdrawn from the Australian 'Under the Southern Stars' tour. The following message appeared on Live's Twitter account today.

Due to scheduling conflicts and the ongoing difficulties the world has been subject to, we are unable to make it to Australia during the new @UTSSConcerts timeframe. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you in the near future! - https://twitter.com/Freaks4Live/status/1356725509690847233

The festival will still proceed, however new dates have not been annouced.

• posted by dangum on february 3, 2021

Live's Australian 2021 tour as part of the Under the Southern Stars festival has once again been postponed. The tour has been pushed back until April/May 2021. New tour dates are yet to be announced.

• posted by dangum on december 16, 2020

Ed Kowalczyk will be performing at a virtual concert for PA Democrats in support of the Biden/Harris Presidential election.

The concert will be streamed online at 6pm on October 31, 2020 and will feature appearances from Jason Alexander, Kevin Bacon, Black Eyed Peas, Mark Cuban, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, Moby, Dionne Warwick, Lucinda Williams, Ben Simmons and many more.

The concert can be streamed from: http://padems.com/concert

• posted by dangum on october 30, 2020

In episode 15 of the ThrillCast, Bill Hynes interviews former Live drummer Robin Diaz. Bill and Robin talk about all things drums, band life, and how to cope with the world the best way we can.

The 70 minute interview is available via through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Podbay and numerous other streaming services.


• posted by dangum on october 26, 2020

Live has been added to the lineup of the 4 day Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA in 2021. Also on the bill will be Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, Suicidal Tendencies and many others.

https://aftershockfestival.com/ October 8, 2020. Sacramento, CA.

• posted by dangum on october 23, 2020

Ed Kowalczyk will be peforming on a livestream of a Bruce Hornsby show at the Ridgefield Playhouse 20th Anniversary gala on October 3, 2020. Ed's performance will be a virtual one. Tickets to the stream are avaialable for purchase for $40


• posted by dangum on september 30, 2020

In episode 11 of the ThrillCast, Bill Hynes interviews Live's drummer Chad Gracey.

Meg and Bill welcome Chad Gracey as they talk humble beginnings, life as the drummer for the multi-platinum rock band Live, and the impact of Covid-19 on the music + touring industry.

The 70 minute interview is available via through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Podbay and numerous other streaming services.


• posted by dangum on september 28, 2020

The 3 South African shows scheduled for November 2020 have been rescheduled for November 2021 due to threat of Coronavirus. The new dates are as follows:

November 2, 2021. Cape Town, South Africa (Grand West)
November 5, 2021. Pretoria, South Africa (Sun Arena Times Square)
November 6, 2021. Pretoria, South Africa (Sun Arena Times Square)

• posted by dangum on september 23, 2020

Live touring guitarist Zak Loy was interviewed in the GoodTimes Universe podcast.

The interview can be heard here: https://anchor.fm/goodtimesuniverse/episodes/Episode-0010---Zak-Loy-eiap0s

• posted by dangum on august 22, 2020

Adam Kowalczyk was interviewed in the GoodTimes Universe podcast.

Episode #0002 - Adam Kowalczyk
Jul 2, 2020 · 51 mins

On this episode I get to talk to the one and only Adam Kowalczyk. We chat about being a rockstar, being a husband and father, life beyond touring with Alow, +LiVe+ and his solo shows and what it's like under quarantine. Please enjoy and subscribe!!!

The interview can be heard here: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/

• posted by dangum on july 24, 2020

July 15, 1998
"New Stuff"

Source: Maxell XL II cassette > AIFC
Conversion: NCH Suite > WAV > CD Wave > Trader's Little Helper > FLAC > foobar2000

Total Time: (32:25)
01. Feel The Quiet River Rage 5:36
02. The Distance % 4:38
03. Deeper * 5:50
04. Voodoo Lady 5:49
05. Run To The Water ^ 5:32
06. Dance With You 4:59

% = Alternate lyrics
* = Unreleased
^ = Unfinished lyrics

Thanks to Bremang and Merica for the audio and ridleybradout for the artwork.

• posted by dangum on july 1, 2020

A high definition version of the Ed Kowalczyk "Throwing Copper" anniversary show is available for streamng at Qello.

I have been able to download the concert and it is available for download in the forum.

Ed Kowalczyk - Live at the Enmore (2014) stream, Throwing Copper full show @ 1080p

• posted by dangum on may 21, 2020

Royalties from a number of Live's albums were sold last year. Check the link below for details about how much streaming rights, subscriptions, video streams earned the rights holders as well as how much the new owners paid for royalty rights for the next 30 years.

Live's future record royalties auctioned last year

• posted by dangum on may 8, 2020

The Under the Southern Stars tour of Australia which was to feature Live, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush has been rescheded for 2021.


Tues, Feb 16: HBF Arena, Perth WA
*Previously April 15, 2020

Fri, Feb 19: Bonython Park, Adelaide SA
*Previously April 13, 2020

Sat, Feb 20: Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Mornington Peninsula VIC
* Previously April 11, 2020

Sun, Feb 21: Yarrawonga Showgrounds, Yarrawonga VIC
* Previously April 12, 2020

Wed, Feb 24: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
* Previously April 4, 2020

Fri, Feb 26: Stuart Park, Wollongong NSW
* Previously April 9, 2020

Sat, Feb 27: Newcastle Foreshore, Newcastle NSW
* Previously April 19, 2020

Sun, Feb 28: Gosford Entertainment Grounds, Gosford NSW
* Previously April 5, 2020

Wed, March 3: The Timber Yard, Port Melbourne VIC
* Previously April 8, 2020

Sat, March 6: Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
* Previously April 18, 2020

Sun, March 7: Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island QLD
* Previously Sunshine Coast Stadium April 17, 2020
** Bus service is available from various locations along the Sunshine Coast to the venue and return.
***Free return bus service offered from Sunshine Coast to Sandstone Point Hotel for existing ticket holders, who will be contacted directly.

Press release can be read here:


• posted by dangum on april 3, 2020

The Under the Southern Stars tour of Australia which was to feature Live, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. February/March 2021 has been tentatively scheduled, but no fixed dates have been announced.

Press release can be read here:


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• posted by dangum on march 13, 2020

Live has been added to the lineup of 3 day Beachlife Festival in Redondo Beach, CA this May. Also on the bill will be Counting Crows, Sugar Ray and The Record Company.

May 2, 2020. Redondo Beach, CA.

• posted by dangum on february 28, 2020

With the other 2 concerts selling very quickly, a second show in Pretoria has been added to the South African tour.

November 7, 2020. Pretoria, South Africa (Sun Arena Times Square).

• posted by dangum on february 27, 2020

Live has performed the Velvet Underground cover "Venus in Furs" at their New Jersey show on February 19, 2020. The setlist also included a rare performance of "Mirror Song". Click on "comments" link above to see videos of both.

• posted by dangum on february 20, 2020

2 shows in South Africa have been annouced for November 2020.

November 6, 2020. Pretoria, South Africa (Sun Arena Times Square).
November 10, 2020. Cape Town, South Africa (Grand West).

• posted by dangum on february 11, 2020

An intimate show has been added to the Under the Southern Stars tour of Australia. Live, Bush and Stone Temple Pilots will be performing at 1500 capacity venue The Timber Yard in Melbourne.

April 8, 2020. Melbourne, Australia (The Timber Yard).

• posted by dangum on february 7, 2020

Live will be performing at the Beachlife Festival at Redondo Beach, CA on May 1-3, 2020.

Other bands on the bill include Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, Ziggy & Stephen Marley, UB40, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray and many more.

Tickets are available at the followong link: https://beachlifefestival.com

[Credit: Voodoo Lady]

• posted by dangum on january 17, 2020

Live has been added to the 2020 Mardi Gras concert lineup at Universal Florida. Live will be performing February 16, 2020.

The event will run nightly at Universal Studios Florida from Feb. 1 through April. The concert lineup on the Music Plaza Stage will include:

Feb. 1: The Roots
Feb. 8: Karol G
Feb. 15: Bell Biv DeVoe
Feb. 16: Live
Feb. 22: Kool & the Gang
Feb. 29: TLC
March 7: REO Speedwagon
March 8: Dustin Lynch
March 13: Luis Fonsi
March 14: The All-American Rejects
March 15: Diana Ross
March 20: Chris Young
March 21: Earth, Wind & Fire
March 22: Marshmello
March 28: Why Don't We
March 29: Gavin DeGraw

All the bands will begin their sets at 8:30 p.m.


• posted by dangum on january 9, 2020

Two headlining dates have been annouced for February, 2020. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

19 February 2020 Xcite Center at Parx Casino, Bensalem, PA
20 February 2020 Hackensack Meridian Health Centre, Red Bank, NJ

Presale tickets go on sale on Tuesday. General on sale on Friday.

Visit www.freaks4live.com for ticketing information.

• posted by dangum on november 12, 2019

Live will returning to Australia in April 2020 for 11 shows. Joining them will be Bush and Stone Temple Pilots along with Australian bands Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary.

List of dates are below:

03 April 2020 Peter Barclay Field Tuncurry, NSW
04 April 2020 Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
05 April 2020 The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW
09 April 2020 Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW
11 April 2020 Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Mornington Peninsula VIC
12 April 2020 Yarrawonga Showgrounds, Yarrawonga
13 April 2020 Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
15 April 2020 HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
17 April 2020 Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast, QLD
18 April 2020 Brisbane River Stage, Brisbane, QLD
19 April 2020 Foreshore Park Newcastle, Newcastle

Presale tickets go on sale on September 5. General on sale on September 9.

Visit www.underthesouthernstars.com.au for ticketing and pre-sale information.

• posted by dangum on september 2, 2019

Live will be joining Godsmack, Bush, Live, Our Lady Peace and many other at Buzzfest 2019.

October 26, 2019 - Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Buzzfest)

• posted by dangum on august 27, 2019

Live be performing with Filter and Our Lady Peace on October 23, 2019.

October 23, 2019 - Corpus Christi, TX (Concrete Street Amphitheater)

• posted by dangum on august 23, 2019

Earlier this year, Chad Taylor was interviewed for guitarguitar magazine. This is an extensive and in depth interview. The article can be read at the link below:


• posted by dangum on august 10, 2019

Additional dates have been added to the Live / Bush / Our Lady Peace summer tour. The tour has been extended to late October 2019. Tickets go on sale Friday.

October 10, 2019 San Diego (North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre)
October 11, 2019 Las Vegas (The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas)
October 12, 2019 Salt Lake City (USANA Amphitheatre)
October 15, 2019 Portland (Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
October 16, 2019 Seattle (ShoWare Center)
October 19, 2019 Reno, NV (Grand Sierra Theatre)
October 20, 2019 Temecula, CA (Pechanga Resort and Casino)
October 21, 2019 Phoenix (Comerica Theatre)
October 23, 2019 Cedar Park, TX (HEB Events Center)


• posted by dangum on august 6, 2019

Live's performance from Wichita, KS was livestreamed on YouTube. The full show has been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
Check the link below to watch the recording.

The video can also be downloaded in the Multimedia section of the forum.
[Video] Live - 2019-08-02 Hartman Arena, Park City, Kansas [720p rip]

• posted by dangum on august 4, 2019

Ed was recently interviewed on Dutch radio station KINK. Ed talks about the 25th anniverary edition of Throwing Copper and every track on the album. Interesting listen!


[credit: Gertjan]

• posted by dangum on july 24, 2019

Ed Kowalczyk was recently interviewed on Australian radio station Triple M. A stream of the interview can be accessed at the link below.


• posted by dangum on july 22, 2019

An excellent recording of Live's performance in Utrecht is available for download. Details of the recording are below:

TUESDAY, 9 July 2019
Tivoli Vredenburg (Ronda)
Utrecht, Netherlands

The ALTimate Tour

Taper: ONE8UNG
Lineage: Soundman OKM II => Roland R-07 (24/44.1) => Adobe Audition CC => CD Wave Editor => TLH (flac level 8) => MP3TAG


01 - Intro
02 - All Over You
03 - Selling The Drama
04 - Losing My Religion
05 - The Distance
06 - Shit Towne
07 - Iris
08 - They Stood Up For Love
09 - The Dolphin's Cry
10 - Paint It Black
11 - Lakini's Juice
12 - I Alone
13 - White, Discussion
14 - Encore Break
15 - Overcome
16 - Turn My Head
17 - Band Introduction
18 - Run To The Water
19 - Lightning Crashes
20 - Outro

- Distribute this recording only as the original flac files with the original Checksum & Info file!


[Audio] Live - 2019-07-09 - Utrecht, The Netherlands

• posted by dangum on july 10, 2019

Ed Sheeran's latest single "Blow" sounds very similar to The Gracious Few's "Honest Man". Honest Man was released on The Gracious Few's debut album in 2010.

The riff was originally writen by Chad Taylor and was also used in Live's unreleased track "Believe" in 2009.

Links to all three tracks are below:

Click on the link below for details:

The Gracious Few - Honest Man (2010)
Blow - Ed Sheeran (2019)
Believe - Live (2009)

• posted by dangum on july 9, 2019

An audience recording of Live's London show is available for download from via birtorrent as well as through a direct download.

Click on the link below for details:

[Audio] Live 2019-06-30 London, England, Shepherd's Bush Empire

• posted by dangum on july 3, 2019

Two recent interviews with Ed Kowalcyzk have been uploaded to YouTube.

Click on the link below for details:

Consequence of Sound - with Kyle Meredith
The Record Collector Mag - Andy Rawll

• posted by dangum on june 29, 2019

A very good audience recording of Live and Our Lady Peace Live is available for download from various torrent sites and well as through a direct download.

Click on the link below for details:

[Audio] Live 2019-06-14 CMAC, Canandaigua, NY

• posted by dangum on june 27, 2019

An interview from earlier this year with Ed Kowalczyk has appeared on episode 24 of the Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz podcast.

Click on the link below for details:


• posted by dangum on june 26, 2019

Live will be headlining the multi-day American Music Festival on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this September. Other bands on the bill include 311, Vertical Horizon, Dashboard Confessional and Cracker.

September 1, 2019 - Virginia Beach, VA (American Music Festival)

• posted by dangum on june 25, 2019

Live will be performing another headlining show this September - this time in Springfield, MA.

September 18, 2019 - Springfield, MA (The Plaza at MGM Springfield)

Tickets go on sale this Friday

• posted by dangum on june 18, 2019

Live will be performing a headlining intimate show in Washington DC, this September in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Throwing Copper.

September 16, 2019 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club)

Tickets go on sale this Friday

• posted by dangum on june 18, 2019

An extra date has been added to the Altimate summer tour featuring Live, Bush and Our Lady Peace.

August 1, 2019 - Oklahoma City OKH (The Zoo Amphitheatre)

Tickets go on sale this Friday

• posted by dangum on june 5, 2019

Details of the Throwing Coper 25th Anniversary box set has been annouced with the album being made avaiable on CD and vinyl.

The album will also be available in various packs that feature t-shirts, signed items, hat and framed records.
Order from https://shop.freaks4live.com/collections/pre-order

A smaller range of Throwing Copper products are also available from UDiscoverMusic.com - Use code DAD25 to receive a 25% discount off your order.

For fans outside of the US, UDiscoverMusic provide signifacntly cheaper postage. Order from here: https://shop.udiscovermusic.com/collections/live

The contents of the album can be seen below:

Throwing Copper - 25th Anniversary LP

Side A
1. The Dam at Otter Creek
2. Selling the Drama
3. I Alone
4. Iris
Side B
1. Lightning Crashes
2. Top
3. All Over You
4. Shit Towne
5. T.B.D.
Side C
1. Stage
2. Waitress
3. Pillar of Davidson
4. White, Discussion
Side D
1. Horse (Hidden Track On Original Release)
2. Hold Me Up (Bonus Track)
3. We Deal in Dreams (Bonus Track)
4. Susquehanna (Bonus Track)

Throwing Copper - 25th Anniversary (Disc 1)

1. The Dam At Otter Creek
2. Selling the Drama
3. I Alone
4. Iris
5. Lightning Crashes
6. Top
7. All Over You
8. Shit Towne
9. T.B.D.
10. Stage
11. Waitress
12. Pillar of Davidson
13. White, Discussion
14. Horse (Hidden Track On Original Release)
15. Hold Me Up (Bonus Track)
16. We Deal in Dreams (Bonus Track)
17. Susquehanna (Bonus Track)

Woodstock '94 (Disc 2; previously unreleased)
1. Iris
2. Top
3. The Beauty of Gray
4. Selling the Drama
5. Shit Towne
6. Lightning Crashes
7. I Alone
8. Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
9. White, Discussion

• posted by dangum on may 31, 2019

"Hold Me Up", a track that was originally recorded for Throwing Copper has finally been released 25 years later.

The track will be included in the 25th Anniversary edition of Throwing Copper, but it can now be heard on Loudwire.com

The track is also available to listen on Live's YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhkZnFVb7KI

• posted by dangum on may 30, 2019

Live performed 2 covers for the first time in St. Louis, MO on the weekend. REM's "Losing My Religion" and The Rolling Stone's "Paint It Black" were part of Live's headlining set at Pointfest.

Links to audience shot videos are below.

Paint It Black - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYBRPfQH3Gw
Losing My Religion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWODCCKaop4

Other tracks from the show can be viewed by clicking on the "Comments" link above.

• posted by dangum on may 26, 2019

Live will be performing with Bush and Our Lady Peace for three shows in Canada this September. The Summersault Festival hits Moncton, Montreal and Ottawa early September.

September 10, 2019 Moncton, NB
September 12, 2019 Montreal, QC
September 13, 2019 Ottawa, QC

More details can be found at: http://www.ourladypeace.com

• posted by dangum on may 22, 2019

Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed by Alex Green on his Stereo Embers podcast recently. Click the link below to listen to the 40 minute podcast.


• posted by dangum on april 13, 2019

An interview Ed Kowalczyk was featured in a Loudwire.com article today. Click the link below to read the article.


• posted by dangum on april 10, 2019

Live will be performing at Festival d'été de Qc in Quebec, Canada this July.

July 11, 2019 - Quebec, Canada (Festival d'été de Qc)

Other bands to feature at this show include Mariah Carey and Daniel Caesar.

Details about the festival can be found here:


• posted by dangum on april 4, 2019

Live will be performing at a couple of festival shows this September in Franklin, TN and Louisville, KY.

September 20, 2019 - Louisville, KY (Bourbon and Beyond Festival)
September 21-21, 2019 - Franklin, TN (Pilgrimage Festival)

Other bands to feature at these shows include Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, John Fogerty, The Flaming Lips and many more.

Details about the festivals can be found here:


• posted by dangum on march 13, 2019

Live and Bush will be peforming at The Roxy is LA, next week as part of a tour launch event (actual summer tour starts in June).

March 12, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA (The Roxy)

Details on how tickets can be obtained can be found here: https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/bushandlive

• posted by dangum on march 9, 2019

Ed appeared on Sirius XM this morning to announce the Live/Bush summer tour but also discussed an upcoming 25th Anniversary release of Throwing Copper.

Additonal tracks included in the release include:
  • Woodstock 1994 concert (audio mixed by Chad Taylor)
  • We Deal in Dreams
  • Hold Me Up (to be releaed as a single)
  • Susquehanna
You can listn to some of Ed's interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cULL4Sqh0U

• posted by dangum on march 5, 2019

Live will be teaming up with Bush and Our Lady Peace for a US tour this summer. Bush and Live will be co-headlining with Our Lady Peace supporting.

The full list of tour dates are as follows:

June 6, 2019 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino – The Grand Theater
June 7, 2019 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
June 11, 2019 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
June 13, 2019 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
June 14, 2019 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
June 15, 2019 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 26, 2019 – Appleton, WI @ Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium
June 27, 2019 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino
July 28, 2019 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
July 30, 2019 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
August 2, 2019 – Wichita, KS @ Hartman Arena
August 3, 2019 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
August 6, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 7, 2019 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
August 9, 2019 – Tuolumne, CA @ Black Oak Casino – West Side Pavilion
August 10, 2019 – Costa Mesa, CA @ OC Fair
August 11, 2019 – Tucson, AZ @ AVA Casino
August 14, 2019 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
August 16, 2019 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 17, 2019 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
August 18, 2019 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
August 20, 2019 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
August 23, 2019 – Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Expo
August 24, 2019 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
August 25, 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
August 27, 2019 – Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair
August 29, 2019 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 30, 2019 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
September 4, 2019 – Dayton, OH @ The Rose Music Center at The Heights
September 6, 2019 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 7, 2019 – Allegan, MI @ Allegan County Fair
Septmeber 8, 2019 – Rochester, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

Tickets avilable at: https://www.livenation.com/artists/97064/live

• posted by dangum on march 5, 2019

The lineup for Pointfest 2019 has been announced with Live headlining the festival. PointFest occurs on May 25, 2019 in St. Louis, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Tickets go on sale Friday for just $20. More information here: https://www.1057thepoint.com/pointfest/

• posted by dangum on february 26, 2019

Another show in The Netherlands has been annouced. Live will be performing a headlining show in Utrecht on July 9, 2019.

More information here: https://www.tivolivredenburg.nl/agenda/live-09-07-2019/

• posted by dangum on february 18, 2019

Live returns to the location where the Live at the Paradiso DVD was recroded. Live will be performing a headlining show in Amsterdam on July 2, 2019.

More information here: https://www.paradiso.nl/en/program/live/57598/

• posted by dangum on february 5, 2019

Live will be performing at the Dos Equis Pavillion in Dallas, Texas on May 26, 2019.

Other bands on the bill include Shinedown, Seether, In This Moment, Thrice, Bad Wolves, The Glorius Sons and The Dirty Nil.

More information here: https://www.livenation.com/events/1015078-may-26-2019-97-1-the-eagle-presents-bfd-2019

• posted by dangum on february 4, 2019

Live will be performing at the Rock Zottegem festival in Belgium on July 6, 2019.

Other bands on the bill include Limp Bizkit and Midnight Oil. More information here: https://rock-zottegem.be/

• posted by dangum on january 31, 2019

Live will be performing in London, UK (02 Shepherd's Bush Empire) on June 30, 2019.

Tickets go on sale Friday at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

• posted by dangum on january 21, 2019

Live will be performing in Berlin, Germany (Astra Kulturhaus) on July 1, 2019.

Tickets go on sale Friday at http://www.tickets.de/

• posted by dangum on january 21, 2019

Live returns to Norway after a long absence and will be performing a the Bluesfestival in Skånevik, Norway on July 4, 2019.

Tickets are available at https://bluesen.ticketco.events and festival details can be found here: blues2017.skaanevikblues.com/

• posted by dangum on january 18, 2019

Another 2019 European tour date has been announced. Live will be peforming Royal Park Live festival in at Soestdijk, The Netherlands on July 9, 2019. Tickets go on sale January 21.

Details available here: https://www.royalparklive.com

• posted by dangum on january 17, 2019

Live will be performing at the 3 day Inkcarceration Festival in Mansfield, OH in July 2019.

Live will join Shinedown, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Buckcherry, Seethar and many more from July 12-14, 2019.

Tickets are available from https://www.inkcarceration.com/

• posted by dangum on january 16, 2019

Chad Taylor answered a number of fan questions on his Instagram account in the past couple of days. They have been compiled in a forum post which can be read by clicking on the link below.


• posted by dangum on january 14, 2019

Two Festival tour dates have been annouced for Canada and Mexico.

February 23, 2019 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Roxy Festival
June 8, 2019 - Burlington, ON (Canada) - Sound of Music Festival

Tickets are available via the following sites:


• posted by dangum on december 15, 2018

Live will be performing at the 3 day Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, NC next year.

Live will join Foo Fighters, Bring Me The Horizon, 311, Tom Morello, Killswitch Engage and Mastodon on May 12, 2019. Tickets go on sale this Friday from https://epicenterfestival.com/tickets/

• posted by dangum on december 11, 2018

Live's first 2019 European tour date has been announced.
Live will be peforming at the Concert at Sea festival in Brouwersdam, The Netherlands on June 28, 2019.
Tickets go on sale December 7.

• posted by dangum on november 30, 2018

Chris Shinn was recently interviewed for the Rockonomics podcast.

Chris talks about his time with Live and the reasons for his departure from the band. The podcast can be downloaded from iTunes or streamed via Spotify, Stitcher, GooglePlay Music and I Heart Radio.


• posted by dangum on november 27, 2018

Tickets to the Niagra Falls, ON tour date for 2019 have gone on sale today.

February 9, 2019 Niagara Falls, ON (The Avalon Ballroom Theatre At Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort)

Tickets can be purchased from: https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/event/1000555E00E84DF1

• posted by dangum on november 9, 2018

Live's first album since re-uniting with Ed Kowalczyk was released today. The tracklist for Local 717 is:

1. Love Lounge 3:16
2. Be A Giver, Man 3:23
3. Waterfall 4:05
4. Brother 4:43
5. Venus in Furs (Velvet Underground cover) 5:11

The EP is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
The EP is also available for purchase at Amazon and iTunes.

• posted by dangum on october 12, 2018

Updated: CD and vinyl copies (including band autopgraphed) are available for purchase from the Freaks4Live.com store.

"Be A Giver, Man" will be the second release from Live's forthcoming EP "Local 717".

The track will be available on streaming services this Friday (September 28, 2018).

Links here: https://www.facebook.com/THEBANDLIVE/videos/178125219753336/

• posted by dangum on september 26, 2018
"Local 717" will be the name of Live's forthcoming EP. Ed Kowalczyk revealed the title in an interview with "The News Herald".

The article can be read here: https://www.news-herald.com/article/hr/20180824/news/180829624/

• posted by dangum on august 25, 2018
Ed Kowalczyk has posted some photos and footage from a recording session at Sun City studio in Memphis, TN of the band covering a Jimmy Reed track. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/officialchadtaylor/videos/1805434256158996/

• posted by dangum on july 26, 2018

Updated: The name of the track is: "Baby What You Want Me To Do". Live has been performing this on tour.
Check the Live - Tour dates & reviews forum for fan shot concert videos.

Live has announced a Australian tour date for later this year. Live will peform on the Gold Coast on October 20, 2018 along with Foreigner and Shepherd at the V8 Supercars race.

Details here: https://www.supercars.com/news/championship/vodafone-gold-coast-600-concert-line-up-announced/

• posted by dangum on june 27, 2018
Live has released thier first single since re-uniting with Ed Kowalczyk. Love Lounge is now available to stream and download at all the usual locations. Check the links below for details


• posted by dangum on june 22, 2018
Live will be conducting a Q&A session on Facebook over the next 4 days (24 - 27 April).

Patrick Dahlheimer - April 24 @ 10am PST/1pm EST
Ed Kowalczyk - April 25 @ 10am PST/1pm EST
Chad Gracey - April 26 @ 10am PST/1pm EST
Chad Taylor - April 27 @ 10am PST/1pm EST

If you're not sure what time that is in your city, check the following link. https://www.timeanddate.com

• posted by dangum on april 24, 2018
Live will be joining Counting Crows on a comprehensive US tour this summer. The dates featuring Live are listed below:.

Wed, June 27?: Boise, ID (Taco Bell Arena
Fri, June 29: Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheatre)
Sat, June 30: Ridgefield, WA (Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre)
Mon, July 2: Reno, NV (Grand Theatre - Grand Sierra Resort)
Tues, July 3?: Murphys, CA (Ironstone Amphitheatre)
Fri, July 6: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Sun, July 8: Irvine, CA (FivePoint Amphitheatre)
Tues, July 10: Chula Vista, CA (Mattress Firm Amphitheatre)
Wed, July 18: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sat, July 21: Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater)
Sun, July 22: Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman)
Tues, July 24: Irving, TX (The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory)
Thu, July 26: Tupelo, MS (Bancorp Arena)
Sat, July 28: Pelham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
Sun, July 29: Atlanta, GA (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
Tues, July 31: St. Petersburg, FL (Al Lang Stadium)
Wed, Aug 1: West Palm Beach, FL (Coral Sky Amphitheatre)
Sat, Aug 4: Jacksonville, FL (Daily's Place)
Sun, Aug 5: Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
Tues, Aug 7: Virginia Beach, VA (Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater)
Wed, Aug 8: Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
Fri, Aug 10: Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium)
Sat, Aug 11: Camden, NJ (BB&T Pavilion)
Tues, Aug 14: Holmdel, NJ (PNC. Bank Arts Center)
Wed, Aug 15: Hartford, CT (The XFINITY Theatre)
Fri, Aug 17: Boston, MA (Xfinity Center)
Sat, Aug 18: Gilford, NH (Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion)
Wed, Aug 22: Wantagh, NY (Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater)
Sat, Aug 25: Syracuse, NY (New York State Fair)
Sun, Aug 26: Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
Wed, Aug 29: Toronto, ON (Budweiser Stage)
Thu, Aug 30: Pittsburgh, PA (KeyBank Pavilion)
Sat, Sept 1: Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
Sun, Sept 2: Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Thu, Sept 6: Indianapolis, IN (Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center)
Sat, Sept 8: Chicago, IL (Hollywood Casino Amphitheater)
Sun, Sept 9: St. Louis, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - St. Louis)
Tues, Sept 11: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
Thu, Sept 13?: Council Bluffs, IA (Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino)
Sat, Sept 15?: Sioux City, IA (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
Sun, Sept 16?: Minneapolis, MN (Mystic Lake - Amphitheater)

Tickets are available through http://www.livenation.com and http://www.ticketmaster.com

• posted by dangum on april 2, 2018
Ed Kowalczyk phoned into a couple of Australian radio breakfast shows this week. Ed appeared on Perth's 96fm and Adelaide's PowerFM SA.

Links to the interviews can be heard below:

PowerFM (Adelaide) https://www.powerfmsa.com.au/shows/the-power-pack/guest-interviews/79341-ed-kowalczyk-live
96fm (Perth) https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/paul-lise-for-breakfast/id1338581869

• posted by dangum on february 1, 2018
In a recent interview for Vents Magazine, it was suggested that Live's new single will be released in Spring 2018

The entire interview can be read here:

• posted by dangum on december 17, 2017
A new summer festival tour date has been announced. Live will be performing at Bospop in 2018

July 14 - 15, 2018 Weert, The Netherlands (Bospop Festival)

Tickets will go on sale early next year at http://www.bospop.nl

• posted by dangum on december 16, 2017
An additional two Australian tour dates have been annouced for 2018. Live will be performing in Sydney and Perth in March. Supporting Live will be Canadian rockers The Tea Party.

March 1, 2018 Sydney, Australia (ICC Theatre)
March 8, 2018 Perth, Australia (HBF Stadium)

Pre-sale information can be found at: http://liveaustraliantour.com.au/

• posted by dangum on december 11, 2017
Numerous videos have been upladed to YouTube from Live's recent Australian concerts. Most of the Brisbane and Hunter Valley (Pokolbin) shows are available to watch on YouTube

Check out the links below for videos and reviews.

Brisbane, Australia (Riverstage), November 15th, 2017
Pokolbin, Australia (Roche Estate), November 18th, 2017
Melbourne, Australia (Sidney Myer Music Bowl), November 17th, 2017

If you have any footage, photos or reviews you would like to sure please log onto the forum and post them :)

• posted by dangum on november 21, 2017
Great news for Australian Live fans. After having just completed a short Australia tour, Live has anncounced that they will be returning in 2018.
Live will be headline act at the Adelaide 500 V8 Supercar race in Adelaide on March 3, 2018.

Tickets can be purhcased at: https://www.adelaide500.com.au/ticketing

Stay tuned for further Australian dates.

• posted by dangum on november 21, 2017
A recording from Live's first ever tour of Austraila in 1995 as recently surfaced. Live's performance at The Metro in Sydney was recorded by national radio station Triple J and was broadcast as part of their weekly 'Live at the Wireless' programme. 7 tracks from the show are available for download from the link below.

22nd April 1995
The Metro, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Triple J Live At The Wireless (broadcast 3rd July 1995)

Source: FM > Tape > Pioneer CT-W205R > SBLive > Cool Edit Pro > CDWave > CDr > EAC (secure) > FLAC
Ripped from CDr in 2008

(DJ intro)
Selling The Drama
All Over You
Operation Spirit
Shit Town
I Alone
White Discussion
(DJ outro)

Links to the FLAC audio files are available in the following thread on the Fans of Live forum.

[FLAC] Live - 1995-04-22 - Metro, Sydney, NSW, Australia, FM recording

Were you at this show? Do you have any memories of the night? Register on the forum and share your experience!

• posted by dangum on october 9, 2017
Live's recent Austin City Limits concert was broadcast online by Red Bull TV. A copy of the show is now available for download from the link below.

Austin City Limits Music Festival
American Express Stage
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas
October 7, 2017

Lineage: LIVE Webcast -> Livestreamer -> FFmpeg (edit) -> uncompressed .ts
Video: MPEG4 Video (H264) 1920x1080 5400 Kbps 30.00 fps
Audio: AAC 128 Kbps 48.0 KHz stereo

All Over You
Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
Pain Lies on the Riverside
The Dolphin's Cry
Selling the Drama
I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash cover)
I Alone
Lakini's Juice
White, Discussion
I Am the Highway (Audioslave cover)
Lightning Crashes

TRT = 00:54:04

Note: This is a perfect capture of the webcast. Any imperfections, if present, were inherent in the broadcast.

Captured and uploaded to DIME by indykid. See Info file for full MediaInfo

Links to the HD file are available in the following thread on the Fans of Live forum.

[Video] Live - 2017-10-07 Austin City Limits Music Festival, 1080p webcast

• posted by dangum on october 9, 2017
Live has annouced 3 Australia tour dates for November 2017. Live will be performing outdoor shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and the Hunter Valley.

November 15, 2017 Brisbane, Australia (Riverstage)
November 17, 2017 Melbourne, Australia (Sidney Myer Music Bowl)
November 18, 2017 Pokolbin, Australia [Hunter Valley] (Roche Estate)

Live will be supported by Lifehouse and The Calling as well as Thirsty Merc in Pokolbin.

For presale and ticket information check out http://www.liveaustraliantour.com

• posted by dangum on july 13, 2017
The date has been annouced for Live's re-release of their debut album 'Mental Jewelry'.

On August 11, 2017 a deluxe 2-CD version of the album will be available to purchase which will come with additional tracks Negation, Heaven Wore a Shirt and Born Branded. A remix of Pain Lies on the Riverside will also be included.

A second CD featuring a live concert from 1992 will also included. This recording includes live versions of Negation, Heaven Wore A Shirt and unreleased track Susquehanna as well a the majority of tracks from Mental Jewelry.

The album will also be available on vinyl as well as on cassette (both colored purple)

Pre-orders are available from Live's web store as well as from Amazon

http://freaks4live.com/#store (vinyl, CD, cassette, shirt)
http://amzn.to/2s636VZ (CD)

• posted by dangum on june 29, 2017
In a recent interview on Y108 radio Ed announced that Live's debut album 'Mental Jewelry' will be re-released for its 25th Anniversary.

The album will include a full concert from 1992 (The Roxy in Los Angeles) as well as unreleased tracks from the era. It is expected that the album will be available this July.

• posted by dangum on june 9, 2017
Ed was recently interviewed on two radio stations in South Africa and Canada.

On the 1st of June 2017, Ed was interviewed by Martin Bester on Jacaranda FM in South Africa. Ed stated that new tracks will be performed in the 3 South Africa shows as well as songs from all of Live's albums.
The intrerview can be listened to here:

On the 9th of June 2017, Ed was interviewed by Chuck Evans on Y108 radio in Canada. Ed annouced that a re-relase of Mental Jewelry will occur in July 2017.
The interview can be listened to here:

• posted by dangum on june 9, 2017
The lineup for the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans has been announced and Live will be performing on one of the 3 festival days.

The festival runs from October 27 - 29 at City Park, New Orleans.

Tickets can be purchased from: https://www.voodoofestival.com/tickets/ Lineup and additional information can be found here

• posted by dangum on june 6, 2017
Pro-shot video of Live's performance at the 2017 Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands is available for download or streaming on YouTube.

Download an SD MPEG-2 video from: [Video] Live 2017-06-05, Pinkpop Festival (The Netherlands)

The entire concert can also been viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk73m5a-w9Q

• posted by dangum on june 6, 2017
Live will be performing a headlining show the night before their Lollapalooza Festival concert this August

August 4, 2017 Chicago, IL (Park West)

Details can be found here: http://www.chicagotribune.com

• posted by dangum on may 31, 2017
Live has secured another opening spot on the Gun N' Roses tour.

August 16, 2017 Buffalo, NY (New Era Field)

Tickets are on sale through http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/735218

• posted by dangum on may 31, 2017
A professional audio recording of Live's Rock on the Range concert is now available for download.

Details are below

Live - Live @ Rock on the Range Festival, USA, May 19, 2017

Source: FM Broadcast
Sound Quality: 10/10

1. All Over You
2. Operation Spirit
3. Pain Lies on the Riverside
4. The Dolphin's Cry
5. Selling the Drama
6. I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash cover)
7. I Alone
8. Lakini's Juice
9. White, Discussion
10. I Am the Highway (Audioslave cover)
11. Lightning Crashes

MP3s and FLAC files can be downloaded from here:
[Audio] Live 2017-05-19 Columbus, OH (Rock on the Range), FM broadcast. FLAC and MP3 (320 kbps)

• posted by dangum on may 27, 2017
Live has secured the opening spot on 2 Gun N' Roses tour dates this August.

August 11, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC (BB&T Field)
August 13, 2017 Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium)

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster

• posted by dangum on may 25, 2017
Live has announced 2 tour dates for South Africa this December. Live wil be performing in Cape Town and Menlyn.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow through Computicket.

November 7, 2017 Cape Town, South Africa (Grand Arena)
November 10, 2017 Menlyn, Pretoria South Africa (Sun Arena)

• posted by dangum on may 24, 2017
Live will be performing at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK as the replacement act for Soundgarden on May 27, 2017.
Other acts performing on the 27th include: Stone Sour, The Cult, Fuel and Suicidal Tendancies.

Details about the festival can be found here: http://rocklahoma.com/schedule.html

• posted by dangum on may 23, 2017
Live will be headlining the Musicfest Festival in Bethlehem, PA on August 7, 2017

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday and can be purchased from:

More details can be found here:http://www.musikfest.org/event/4635/live/

• posted by dangum on may 22, 2017
With the unexpected death of Chris Cornell, Live become the headliner in for Friday's Rock on the Range Festival. Live marked Audioslave's absence with a cover of their song "I Am The Highway".

Video of the performance can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU4kPi4D8UU

More videos from Live's festival performances can be seen in the Live - Tour Dates and reviews forum

Columbus, OH (Rock on the Range), May 19, 2017
Camden, NJ (MMRBQ BB&T Pavilion), May 20, 2017

• posted by dangum on may 21, 2017
Prior to Live's performance at the MMRBQ festival, Ed was inteviewed by WMMR DJ Pierre Robert. The 15 minute interview can be seen at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/933WMMRFM/videos/10156275126747627/

• posted by dangum on may 20, 2017
Live will be headlining the pre-show concert at the Revolution Rock Festial in Mashantucket, CT on September 8, 2017

Live will be supported by Radkey plus an additional special guest and will be performing at the Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link: http://revolutionrockfestival.com/lineup.html

• posted by dangum on may 8, 2017
Live will be appearing at the ACL Festival in Austin, TX this October. Live will perform both weekends. The days when Live will be performing have not been annouced but keep an eye on the forum for information as it is released.

October 6 - 8, 2017
October 13 - 15, 2017

The full lineup and ticketing details can be found at the following link https://www.aclfestival.com/lineup/

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• posted by dangum on may 8, 2017
Live will be appearing at the Moondance Jam Festival in Walker, MN on July 21, 2017.

Other bands to feature at the festival include: Steve Miller Band, Halestorm, Peter Frampton, The Pretty Reckless, Melissa Etheridge, Vince Neil of Motley Crue and Better Than Ezra.

The full lineup and ticketing details can be found at the following link:https://www.moondancejam.com/

• posted by dangum on may 2, 2017
Classic Live albums, Throwing Copper and The Distance To Here will be re-released on vinyl by Music On Vinyl. There will be limited edition versions in silver and gold available to purchase on June 2, 2017

Secret Samadhi: http://www.musiconvinyl.com/catalog/live/secret-samadhi

The Distance to Here: http://www.musiconvinyl.com/catalog/live/the-distance-to-here

[credit: Pingfah]

• posted by dangum on april 29, 2017
Live will be headlining the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI on July 8, 2017.

The full lineup and ticketing details can be found at the following link:

• posted by dangum on april 28, 2017
Listen to Ed Kowalczyk as he guest programs for Lithium on SiriusXM.
An MP3 can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/file/g2f614anuwdjmca

[credit: Bremang]

• posted by dangum on april 15, 2017
While in The Netherlands, Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Talor were interviewed by Radio Veronica. Watch the video at the link below:

[credit: Remkje Kieffer]

• posted by dangum on march 25, 2017
Live will be part of the KAABOO Del Mar festival this September in Del Mar, CA.

The festival runs from 15 - 17 September 2017 and the lineup includes such bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Muse, Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morisette, Garbage, The Wallflowers and many more.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at: https://www.kaaboodelmar.com

[credit: Hoodstock]

• posted by dangum on march 24, 2017
Live will be performing at Lollapalooza on August 5, 2017 in Chicago, IL.

Live, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes and others will be peforming on June 24, 2017.

Tickets are on sale now at: https://www.lollapalooza.com

• posted by dangum on march 23, 2017
Live will be part of the Arroyo Secco Weekend this June in Pasadena, CA.

Live, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes and others will be peforming on June 24, 2017.

Tickets go on sale Monday and will be available at: https://www.arroyosecoweekend.com/

• posted by dangum on march 15, 2017
Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor appeared on Dutch NPO Radio 2 today to answer a number of fan asked questions.

The interview was also livestreamed via Facebook. The 15 minute Q&A session can be watched here:

[credit: Lakini's Juice]

• posted by dangum on march 10, 2017
Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor made an unannouced appearance at Amsterdam's Paradiso (Holland) today to announce that the band would be performing at the Pinkpop Festival.

Also on the bill for the June 5, 2017 show will be Kings of Leon (headlining), System of a Down, Passenger and Prophets of Rage.

The promo material for Pinkpop also featured a couple of new photos of the band that was taken in February this year. Click on the "Comments" link above to learn more.

[credit: SecretInsomnia]

• posted by dangum on march 8, 2017
Consequence of Sound magazine features a new interview with Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor.

The article is entitled "Lightning Crashes: Live on Reuniting, Burying the Hatchet, and Throwing Copper" and can be read at the link below:


• posted by dangum on march 6, 2017
Ed Kowalczyk was a guest on Volume (SiriusXM Radio 106) this morning and spent around 45 minutes with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski talking about Live as well as taking a couple of audience calls.

A summary of the interview as well as an MP3 of the show can be downloaded from the Fans of Live message board (click on the Comments link above).

[credit: SJN1279 and Bremang]

• posted by dangum on february 28, 2017
The line-up for Bluesfest in Ottowa, Canada has been announced and Live will be headlining the July 14, 2017 date.

Tickets go on sale soon and will be available at: https://www.ottawabluesfest.ca/

[credit: Simon]

• posted by dangum on february 21, 2017
Lancaster Online features a new interview with Chad Taylor.

The article is entitled "Q&A: Chad Taylor of Live details reunion with Ed Kowalczyk ahead of Millennium Music Conference keynote" and can be read at the link below:


• posted by dangum on february 19, 2017
Ed Kowalczyk made an impromptu appearance during a Zoe LaBelle performance last night in York, PA.

During an acoustic performance of Lightning Crashes by Zoe LaBelle (featuring Chad Taylor on acoustic guitar) Ed wandered on stage and joined LaBelle on vocals.

A couple of photos and a short video can be found at the link below:

Ed Kowalczyk + Chad Taylor appear at Zoe Labelle concert

• posted by dangum on february 18, 2017
Chad Taylor has elaborated on his comments on Chris Shinn from the recent Rolling Stone magazine article.

Chad's Facebook message is posted below:

Chad Taylor
1 February ·

The entire experience of singing and playing the old songs was confusing for all of us (band and fans). Chris no more wanted to stand in Ed’s shoes, than Ed would have wanted to stand in his. When we began writing songs there were no constraints or pressures but as the demos started being created, Chris was suddenly faced with inside and outside pressure to make it a LIVE album. This was easy for PD, CG and me but even Jerry Harrison warned that the walls would/could close in on Chris. We broke this up by doing the Summerland Tour to get in touch with what it felt like to be a band in front of an audience. On this particular night, we were performing in a large amphitheater, the largest of the entire tour. The band were hitting our marks and finding our footing as a quartet, and the energy of the crowd was peaking just about the time we hit Lightning Crashes. These are the special moments where the audience and band merge; and hopefully where the spirit of a songs origination can return; where the crowd sings so loud we can melt into one. As I looked to my left to find my grounding, I saw Chris with his microphone extended to the crowd and my brain was shell shocked, “who is that? What’s happening?”

This a real and honest snapshot of what goes on during a performance for me, and what I experienced during many of the shows I performed with Chris. It doesn’t mean that he’s not a good person, or a great performer, and that I’m not grateful for his partnership. My thoughts are not all pretty and cleaned up, if anything its one big mess. For thirty-years of my life that figure on our stage was Ed, and from the view of my lens it was so surreal and odd to witness someone else in this position.

I doubt any interview would allow for that entire story or sentiment, but I was asked a direct question and shared a small piece of my experience, raw, unfiltered and incomplete. My comment certainly wasn’t meant to detract from the spirit of our collaboration, but I remain wholly happy that Ed is back in his rightful place, and that Chris no longer has to deal with the distractions of being the “replacement guy.” I’m sure I/we fucked this up along the way but there was no easy way to get to where we are today and really that’s all I care about. Yes, egos were bruised, but the music should only benefit from our journey. Chris will find his footing, and the original line-up of the band will produce some inspired tunes and shows.

In spirit - CT

Source: https://www.facebook.com/officialchadtaylor/posts/1247169198652174

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• posted by dangum on february 2, 2017
Rolling Stone features a brand new interview with Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor where they discuss the breakup, reuniting and their future plans.

The article is entitled "Live Members Talk Unlikely Reunion, Moving Past Mudslinging" and can be read at the link below:


• posted by dangum on january 30, 2017
A litte late, but Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed on 99.7 The Blitz on January 3, 2017.

An MP3 of the interview can be downloaded from here:


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• posted by dangum on january 19, 2017
3 festival dates have been announced for the US Summer. Live will be performing at the following festivals this May.

May 19, 2017 Columbus, OH (Rock on the Range)
May 20, 2017 Camden, NJ (MMRBQ BB&T Pavilion)
May 28, 2017 Napa Valley, CA (BottleRock Festival)

• posted by dangum on january 3, 2017
Live is back!

Live performed their first show with Ed Kowalczyk since 2009 at the Valencia Ballroom in York, PA on the 31st of December 2016.

After a performance by local artist Zoe LaBelle, Live took the stage at approximately 11:45pm and played the following setlist:

1. Pain Lies on the Riverside
2. Operation Spirit
3. Beauty of Gray
-- NYE --
4. Lakini's Juice
5. Selling the Drama
6. All Over You
7. I Alone
8. Lightning Crashes
9. The Dolphin's Cry
10. White, Discussion

Also joining Live on stage was guitarist Zak Loy

For reviews, photos and a pro-shot video of the show check out the links below:
NYE Party At Think Loud Entertainment
[Video] LIVE - 2016-12-31 Valencia Ballroom, York, PA [480p]

• posted by dangum on january 1, 2017 (updated january 19)
Ed Kowalczyk conducted his first radio interview since officially rejoining the band on WMMR today. Ed announced that Live will be performing at the MMRBQ Festival as well as talking about his return to Live.

Listen to the entire interview at the link below:


[credit: FishOutWater]

• posted by dangum on january 3, 2017
Live to stream NYE event on Facebook
Live and Ed Kowalczyk have announced that that a Facebook livestream will occur for Think Loud's New Years Eve party.

The stream will commence at 11:30pm EST on December 31, 2016. Check's Live's Facebook page for an upcoming link to the stream.

• posted by dangum on december 31, 2016
Live reunites with Ed Kowalczyk
Live has confirmed that the band is reuniting with original singer and songwriter Ed Kowalczyk. Live's website was re-launched today with the following message:


The original line-up of +LIVE+--Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion)--have reunited for a worldwide tour including North America in 2017. The band is now writing and recording new music TBA. *See the Q&A with the band below.

Known as one of the most potent alternative rock acts and concert attractions--with their powerful musical dynamics, vocal fervor and questing lyrics--+LIVE+ will announce tour dates in the new year. The itinerary will be a mix of select headlining shows and key festival appearances.

The year 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album Mental Jewelry (released December 31, 1991). The multi-platinum band from Pennsylvania have sold over 22 million albums worldwide and earned two number one albums (Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi). Their catalog is filled with such gems as “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You,” and “Lakini’s Juice,” which live on today as classics on rock radio.

The original line-up of +LIVE+ performed their last show in July 2009 before going off in different directions. Rediscovering their friendship has healed old differences, setting the stage for the four members to come together to make music again."

For additional details check out Live's official website at: http://www.freaks4live.com

• posted by dangum on december 12, 2016
Countdown to...
Today Live's official web site was updated and a countdown timer was added. The timer is due to reach zero in about 4 days time. Keep an eye on http://www.freaks4live.com to find out what is in store next week.

[credit: Voodoo Lady / alexou]

• posted by dangum on december 8, 2016
Ed Kowalczyk rejoins Live
Yesterday evening Live announced that after a 7 year absence Ed Kowalczyk would be returning to the band via their Facebook page.
Ed also posted a photo confirming his inclusion on his Facebook profile.
Check out the links below for the latest information:

Live's Facebook cover photo
Ed Kowakczyk's Facebook post

• posted by dangum on november 17, 2016
Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor appear on York radio
Yesterday evening Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor and Zoe Labelle appeared on York College radio station WVYC.
A video of the interview can be seen here below


[credit: LiveForNow]

• posted by dangum on october 25, 2016
Live performs Lightning Crashes on Australian TV
Live appeared on breakfast TV during their trip to Australia to perform an acoustic version of Lightning Crashes on Channel 7's 'The Morning Show'. Watch the performance and a brief interview below

Lightning Crashes
Interview with the band

Higher quality (720p) versions of the interview/performance can be seen on YouTube.

YouTube: Lightning Crashes
YouTube: Interview

• posted by dangum on november 17, 2015
The Turn - Australian tour edition
To celebrate Live's Australian tour, a special version of The Turn will be released on November 13, 2015.

The album includes the following 4 acoustic tracks:

I Alone (Acoustic)
Lightning Crashes (Acoustic)
Lakini's Juice (Acoustic)
Dolphin's Cry (Acoustic)

The CD can be purchased from the following retailers:
JB Hi-Fi
Get Music

The album will also be available on iTunes.

• posted by dangum on november 8, 2015
Video of Ed Kowalczyk + Tailor performing Angels On a Razor
Pro-shot footage has been uploaded to YouTube of Ed Kowalczyk and Tailor performing 'Angels On a Razor' in Cape Town, South Africa from September 26, 2015.

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azVk5g7vNlI

• posted by dangum on november 5, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk dates for Canada (2016) announced
Ed Kowalczyk has announced 4 tour dates for Canada in 2016. Ed will continue his 'Throwing Copper' Unplugged 20th Anniversary tour.

March 7, 2016 Lethbridge, Canada (Average Joe's)
March 9, 2016 Saskatoon, Canada (TCU Place)
March 10, 2016 Regina, Canada (Conexus Arts Centre)
March 12, 2016 Winnipeg, Canada (Burton Cummings Theatre)

More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153847060028081

Additional Canadian dates will be announced shortly.

• posted by dangum on november 3, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk - Evanston, IL recording download
An excellent audience recording of Ed Kowalczyk's Evanston, IL acoustic Throwing Copper show is available for download in the Multimedia section of the forum.

Details about the recording can be found below:

Ed Kowalczyk
Space: Evanston, IL
October 24, 2015

Source: Schoeps MK4s > Tinybox > Sony PCM-M10 @ 24-bit / 44.1kHz
Location: Center ~30' back
Transfer: SD Card > Audacity (amplify/dither) > CDWave > TLH
Taper: tapeworm(48)


01 Intro
02 The Dam at Otter Creek
03 Selling the Drama
04 I Alone
05 Iris
06 Lightning Crashes
07 Top
08 All Over You
09 Shit Towne
10 T.B.D.
11 Stage
12 Waitress
13 Pillar of Davidson
14 White, Discussion
15 Horse
16 -Encore Break-
17 Lakini's Juice
18 Turn My Head
19 Seven
20 Heaven
21 Overcome
22 -Outro-

Notes: "Throwing Copper Unplugged" tour with Zak Loy.

M10 set at 6; Tinybox on mid gain. I leveled out the decibels prior to performing some clap removal, amplifying the entire file by +4dB and dithering. Otherwise this is a raw transfer with no fades or EQ.

Archive: Master WAV was archived @ 24-bit/44.1kHz and FLAC'd with cue sheet.

Taped and transferred by tapeworm(48)
Txt file compiled on 10/25/2015


Download the show here:
[Audio] Ed Kowalczyk 2015-10-24 Evanston, IL, "Throwing Copper Unplugged" tour with Zak Loy

• posted by dangum on november 2, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk - Bethlehem, PA recording download
A great audience recording of Ed Kowalczyk's Bethlehem, PA acoustic Throwing Copper show is available for download in the Multimedia section of the forum.

Details about the recording can be found below:

Ed Kowalczyk 2015-10-10
Arts Quest @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem, PA

Source: iPhone 5s iOS 8.1.1 > Zoom IQ6 Mic > Zoom Handy Recorder WAV [44.1khz / 16-Bit]

Audacity 2.01 > FLAC > Trader's Little Helper 2.7.0

WAV [44.1khz / 16-Bit] > FLAC [Level 8]


Recorded, Transferred and Seeded by: livesoldier1

Throwing Copper Show - Arts Quest @ Steel Stacks


01 Dam At Otter Creek& (Beginning Cut) 0:00:00
02 Selling The Drama 03:14:00
03 I Alone 07:40:00
04 Iris 11:54:00
05 Lightning Crashes 17:05:00
06 Top 22:30:00
07 All Over You 25:47:00
08 Shit Towne 29:50:00
09 TBD 35:15:00
10 Stage 40:28:00
11 Waitress 44:15:00
12 Pillar of Davidson 48:48:00
13 White, Discussion 56:20:00
14 Stage 1:01:24:00
15 Encore Break 1:06:00:00
16 Lakini's Juice 1:07:30
17 Turn My Head 1:12:45:00
18 Seven 1:17:45:00
19 Heaven 1:23:12:00
20 Overcome 1:29:20:00


Recorded left center of hall, 20 feet from ceiling sound system & Had recorder issue on beginning opening intro audio clip and start of The Dam at Otter Creek, so that is missing. Had some high levels which evened out mid song, edited track to fix distortion.

Lots of chatter from the people around me, as the setting was seats and tables in a dinner setting.

Honestly have to say the lap steel on White Disucssion is not good, nor was the solo rendition of Lakini's Juice. Tough to replicate the real band in any capacity on these old classics.

Ed seems to get drunker as the show grows on past the encore as he states and sounds, but what the heck, it's only rock n roll. Ed sounding better overall even though some songs, the pitchy falsetto still comes out. He is still using the autotune mic on songs like DAOC and WD where you can hear a lower edgier register. TBD was really great as was Stage.


Download the show here: [Audio] Ed Kowalczyk 2015-10-10 Bethlehem, PA

• posted by dangum on october 13, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk - Stafford Springs, CT recording download
An excellent audience recording of Ed Kowalczyk's Stafford Springs, CT acoustic Throwing Copper show is available for download in the Multimedia section of the forum.

Details about the recording can be found below:

Ed Kowalczyk ( Live )
Stafford Palace Theater
Stafford Springs, CT

Superlux S502 ( O.R.T.F ) > Samson Co2 > Tascam DR-680 (16/44.1) > SD > Sonar X2 > Adobe Audition > Flac > Trader's Little Helper

Recorded & Mastered By Scott Medeiros

One Set:

01 Intro - Dam At Otter Creek
02 Selling The Drama
03 Throwing Copper Stage Banter
04 I Alone
05 Iris
06 The Little Song That Could Banter
07 Lightning Crashes
08 Top
09 All Over You
10 Shit Towne
11 TBD
12 Stage
13 Good Tippers Banter
14 Waitress
15 Pillar Of Davidson
16 Stafford Springs T- Shirt Banter
17 White Discussion
18 Horse


19 Lakini's Juice -->
20 Turn My Head
21 Seven
22 Heaven
23 Connecticut Banter
24 Overcome

Check me out on Youtube and please Subscribe

Download the show here:[Audio] Ed Kowalczyk 2015-10-09, Stafford Springs, CT

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• posted by dangum on october 11, 2015
Ed Kowalcyk interview at CHOM 97.7 Montreal
On October 2, 2015 Ed Kowalczyk dropped by the CHOM 97.7 studio for an interview and an acoustic performance of Lightning Crashes.

Lightning Crashes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EylKnJMDQjw
Interview: https://soundcloud.com/chom977/ed-kowalczyk-october-2-2015

Source: http://www.chom.com/blog/terry-dimonte/2015/10/02/ed-kowalczyk-dropped-by-ahead-of-his-quebec-city-and-montreal-shows

• posted by dangum on october 2, 2015
Chad Taylor interview (Fox Sports radio 670 AM)
Chad Taylor was interviewed by Brian Shapiro on Fox Sports radio 670AM on October 1, 2015

Listen to the interview here:

• posted by dangum on october 1, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk interview by BalconyTV (South Africa)
While in South Africa, Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed by BalconyTV.

Watch the interview here:https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=880463578657911

• posted by dangum on september 30, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk interview on CHOM 97.7 with Bilal Butt
LISTEN: Bilal talks to Ed Kowalczyk (LIVE) on Throwing Copper
Posted on 9/21/2015 by Bilal Butt

Bilal chats with singer/lyricist Ed Kowalczyk ahead of his acoustic rendition of LIVE's biggest album "Throwing Copper" to celebrate 20 years since its' release at Club Soda, Oct. 3, 2015. Ed talks about being on the forefront of the 90s alternative/grunge movement, making new music and the real meaning behind LIVE's hit song "Lightning Crashes".

Listen to the interview here:

Source: http://www.chom.com/blog/bilal-butt/2015/09/21/listen-bilal-talks-to-ed-kowalczyk-live-on-throwing-copper

• posted by dangum on september 24, 2015
Live - Melbourne headlining show added to Australian tour
Live will be performing a single headlining show in Melbourne on their Australian tour supporting Def Leppard.
November 19, 2015 Melbourne, Australia (Forum Theatre)
Presale tickets go on sale August 6, while the public onsale date is August 10.
More information can be found here: Ticketmaster.com.au

• posted by dangum on august 3, 2015
Live - Minnesota (Ribfest) date announced
Live has been announced as a last minute addition to the Ribfest festival in Mankato, MN.
August 8, 2015 Mankato, MN (Vetter Stone Amphitheater @ Ribfest 2015)
More information can be found here: Ribfest 2015

• posted by dangum on august 3, 2015
Live - Charlotte, NC tour date announced
Live will be performing at the "End of Summer Weenie Roast" in Charlotte, NC on September 12, 2015. Also on the bill will be Stone Temple Pilots, Blues Traveler and Passion Pit.
Tickets go on sale this Friday from LiveNation

• posted by dangum on june 13 2015
Ed Kowalczyk South African tour sells out
Ed Kowalczyk's 4 date South African tour has sold out within days of tickets going on sale. Ed will be in Durban and Johannesburg in September 2015

The following dates have been announced:

September 23, 2015 Johannesburg, South Africa (Big Top Arena)
September 24, 2015 Johannesburg, South Africa (Big Top Arena)
September 25, 2015 Cape Town, South Africa (Grand Arena)
September 26, 2015 Cape Town, South Africa (Grand Arena)

Tickets available at http://online.computicket.com/web/

• posted by dangum on june 12, 2015 (updated june 25)
Live to open for Def Leppard on Australian tour
Dates for a couple of Australian Live shows have appeared in Sydney and Melbourne newspapers. Live will be the support act for Def Leppard's Australian tour in November 2015.

The following dates have been announced:

November 17, 2015 Sydney, Australia (Qantas Credit Union Arena)
November 18, 2015 Melbourne, Australia (Rod Laver Arena)
November 21, 2015 Perth, Australia (Red Hill Auditorium)

Tickets for the Sydney and Melbourne shows go on sale June 11 at Ticketek

[Credit: Def Leppard Australia Facebook page]

• posted by dangum on may 24, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk announces Montreal dates (full band)
Ed Kowalczyk has announced two Montreal dates for October 2015. Ed will be performing Live's Throwing Copper in its entirety with a full band.

October 2, 2015 - Imperial Bell (Quebec City, Quebec Canada)
October 3, 2015 - Club Soda (Montreal, Quebec)

Ticketing details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153399048023081

• posted by dangum on may 19, 2015
Download HD footage of Live in Columbus (Rock on the Range)
Live's performance at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH was broadcast in HD on AXS TV.
23 minutes of the show is available for downloaded via BitTorrent or streamed on YouTube.

Check out the links below

BitTorrent - http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=527813
Mediafire - http://www.mediafire.com/?3wwq3w2v5lgk8
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da9Rwh0aH4o

• posted by dangum on may 17, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk final leg of Throwing Copper tour dates
The final leg of Ed Kowalczyk's acoustic Throwing Copper tour has been announced. The October US dates are listed below:

October 5, 2015 Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
October 7, 2015 Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
October 8, 2015 Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
October 9, 2015 Palace Theater - Stafford Springs, CT
October 10, 2015 Musikfest Cafe at the ArtsQuest Center - Bethlehem, PA
October 13, 2015 Levoy Theatre - Millville, NJ
October 15, 2015 Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, NY
October 16, 2015 The Newton Theatre - Newton, NJ
October 17, 2015 Whitaker Center - Harrisburg, PA
October 18, 2015 The Hamilton - Washington, DC
October 20, 2015 New Mountain - Asheville, NC
October 21, 2015 The Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater - Louisville, KY
October 22, 2015 The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
October 24, 2015 SPACE - Evanston, IL

For ticketing information, visit Ed's tour page on his website.

• posted by dangum on may 14, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk interview on Rock 100.5 Atlanta
Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed by The Rock 100.5 Morning Show in Atlanta on May 11, 2015. A recording of the whole breakfast show can be heard at the link below.

Fast forward to 1 hour 34 minutes to hear the Ed portion.

• posted by dangum on may 14, 2015
Secret Samadhi era concert recording download
An excellent audience recording of a Secret Samadhi concert is available for download in the Multimedia section of the forum.
The recording includes rarely performed tracks such as "Gas Hed Goes West" and the Psychedelic Furs cover "Love My Way". Details about the recording can be found below

Dallas, TX
Bronco Bowl

[ECM-717>D7] 16bit/48kHz

DAT>Echo Mia 2496 (via coax)>Cool Edit>Audition (normalization)>CD WAV>FLAC (level 5)

01 Rattlesnake
02 Unsheathed
03 Freaks
04 Graze
05 Turn My Head
06 Shit Towne
07 Heropsychodreamer
08 Iris
09 Ghost
10 Century
11 Waitress
12 Love My Way
13 Operation Spirit
14 Lakini's Juice
15 Gas Hed Goes West
16 Lightning Crashes
17 White, Discussion

Taped, transferred, and seeded by SM/Psychgrave.

[Audio] Live - 1997-03-16 Dallas, TX, Uncirculated DAT recording

• posted by dangum on may 10, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk interview on 102.5 The Bone
Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed by Drew Garabo on 102.5 The Bone on April 30, 2015. Click on the link below to hear the full interview.


• posted by dangum on may 1, 2015
Show Me the Music: Ed Kowalczyk
Episode 8 of STL TV's "Show Me the Music" featured Ed Kowalczyk. Ed was interviewed by Ben Province in St Louis when he performed a show at Blueberry Hill.

The 14 minute interview can be seen on YouTube.


• posted by dangum on april 7, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk interview Fox Sports radio 670 AM
Brian Shapiro interviews Ed Kowalczyk on Fox Sports radio (Las Vegas) on March 10, 2015. Listen to the 17 minute interview at the link below:


• posted by dangum on march 26, 2015
1997 performance of Freaks on Australian TV
In 1997 Live toured Australia for Secret Samadhi and on their only live television appearance performed "Freaks" on "Hey Hey, It's Saturday".
Download a high quality MP4 or stream from YouTube at the link below:

Freaks - Hey Hey It's Saturday (1997), pro shot HQ video

• posted by dangum on march 11, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk: Throwing Copper unplugged review
Are you thinking about seeing one of Ed Kowalczyk's Throwing Copper unplugged show this year? Do you want get some idea of what to expect? If yes, check out Jonny Rade's video review of Ed's show in Annapolis, MD from last week.


• posted by dangum on february 27 2015
An Evening with Ed Kowalczyk video (Los Angeles, CA)
Late last year Ed Kowalczyk was featured in the AXS TV program "An Evening with Ed Kowalczyk at the Grammy Museum".
The program features an in depth interview with Ed along with an acoustic performance of Live's hits and Ed's solo material.

Ed Kowalczyk
Grammy Museum
Los Angeles, CA

An Evening with Ed Kowalczyk at the Grammy Museum

Source: AXS TV > Comcast Cable > Motorola DCH3200 > Hauppauge HD PVR > SageTV > .ts
Transfer: VideoReDo (cuts and joining) > Trader's Little Helper v.2.6.0 > .md5, .torrent

Recorded & Seeded by brianblank
"It's only a memory if you don't record it"

Support the band by buying officially released music and seeing them on tour
Please do not profit from this recording in any way

Interview #1
Interview #2 *
Performance #1: All Over You, Bottle of Anything
Performance #2: Heaven, Seven, Turn My Head
Performance #3: I Alone, Lightning Crashes @

* Minor glitch at ~12:26, appears to be in the broadcast
@ Macroblocking and audio drops in Lightning Crashes

Total Time: 48:53

Links to download the file along with a YouTube link can be found at the link below:

[Video] Ed Kowalczyk 2013-12-09, Los Angeles, CA, USA, An Evening with Ed Kowalczyk at the Grammy

[credit: brianblank]

• posted by dangum on february 9, 2015
New material from Adam Kowalczyk (Promises)
Adam Kowalczyk has recently uploaded a brand new track to his Facebook page. A live version of "Promises" was performed at the Pullo Center in York, PA on November 18, 2014
Watch a video of the performance here:

• posted by dangum on december 10 2014
Live - Amazon Front Row EP (3 tracks)
Amazon.com has released pro-shot footage from Live's CD release party.
Siren's Call, 6310 Rodgerton Dr. and The Way Around is Through can be downloaded from the link below:

Audio of the above tracks are also available to download:

• posted by dangum on december 10 2014
2014 FaceCulture interview with Chris Shinn and Chad Taylor
While touring Europe, Chris Shinn and Chad Taylor sat down with the FaceCulture website and conducted yet another in depth interview. The three part 30+ minute interview can be viewed at the links below.

FaceCulture Interview Part 1
FaceCulture Interview Part 2
FaceCulture Interview Part 3

[Credit: throwing_cheetahs]

• posted by dangum on december 3 2014
Ed Kowalczyk US tour third leg dates announced
The third leg of Ed Kowalczyk's "Throwing Copper" tour has been announced.

April 24, 2015 Seneca Niagra Casino - Niagra Falls, NY
April 25, 2015 The Swyer Theater @ The Egg - Albany, NY
April 26, 2015 Sellersville Theater 1894 - Sellersville, PA
May 8, 2015 House of Blues - Cambridge Room - Dallas, TX
May 9, 2015 House of Blues - Bronze Peacock - Houston, TX
May 11, 2015 City Winery - Nashville, TN
May 14, 2015 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 15, 2015 Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL
May 16, 2015 The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL
May 17, 2015 Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL

See https://missinginkshop.com/eddieklive/tour-dates for booking details.

• posted by dangum on november 12 2014
Ed Kowalczyk US tour second leg dates announced
The second leg of Ed Kowalczyk's "Throwing Copper" tour has been announced. The first and second legs of the tour can be seen below:

February 4, 2015 The Center for the Arts Natick, MA
February 5, 2015 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
February 6, 2015 Flying Monkey Perf. Center Plymouth, NH
February 7, 2015 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
February 12, 2015 City Winery New York, NY
February 13, 2015 City Winery New York, NY
February 15, 2015 Boulton Ctr for the Perf. Arts Bay Shore, NY
February 20, 2015 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
February 21, 2015 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD *** second show added
February 22, 2015 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
February 24, 2015 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
February 25, 2015 Pasant Theatre at The Wharton Ctr E. Lansing, MI
February 27, 2015 Blueberry Hill – Duck Room St. Louis, MO
February 28, 2015 City Winery Chicago, IL
March 1, 2015 City Winery Chicago, IL
March 2, 2015 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

-- second leg --

March 22, 2015 Community Concert Hall - Durango, CO
March 24, 2015 Soiled Dove - Denver, CO
March 25, 2015 The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
March 27, 2015 The Triple Door - Seattle, WA
March 28, 2015 The Triple Door - Seattle, WA
March 30, 2015 Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
April 1, 2015 Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
April 2, 2015 Hard Rock Vinyl - Las Vegas, NV
April 4, 2014 Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, AZ

See https://missinginkshop.com/eddieklive/tour-dates for booking details.

• posted by dangum on october 30 2014
The Turn - released today!
October 28, 2014 has arrived and Live's newest album is now available for purchase and download worldwide.
Links to Amazon and iTunes are below:


• posted by dangum on october 28 2014
The Turn - available to stream at Amazon
Amazon is now streaming the entirety of "The Turn". Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Live/dp/B00NTFL61A/

• posted by dangum on october 22, 2014
Ed Kowaczyk - Angels on a Razor video released
The video for "Angels on a Razor" was released today on YouTube. This is the third video from the Ed Kowalczyk's album "The Flood and the Mercy" and completes the trilogy of "Seven" and "The One" which were all shot in York, PA.

The video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWifPC0OjdU

• posted by dangum on october 15, 2014
"Don't Run to Wait" available for download
Another track from Live's new album is now available on iTunes. "Don't Run to Wait" can be downloaded from here:

The track can now also be heard on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClhmpCzOvhY

• posted by dangum on october 14, 2014
Live radio appearances on PA and NJ radio
Earlier this week Chris Shinn and Chad Taylor stopped by a few radio stations to promote Live's upcoming album 'The Turn'. Recordings of the interviews plus a special acoustic performance of "I Alone" and "Siren's Call" can be heard below.

Chris Shinn + Chad Taylor on 105.7 The X (Harrisburg), October 7, 2014
Chris Shinn + Chad Taylor 95.9 The Rat (Lake Como, NJ), October 8, 2014 12:45pm

• posted by dangum on october 9, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk - Up Close website launched
"Here's your chance to get up close and personal with Ed Kowalczyk!

Have you ever wished you could get a personalized, special message from Ed K for a friend, loved one or for your own special occasion? Maybe a "Happy Birthday!", "Congratulations!", or even a personal performance for just you and your friends with through a video-chat? Well now you can!

In response to the many requests we've received from Ed's wonderful fans (like yourself), we are now offering a few options for your own personalized experience with Ed. Whether you'd like a short video, a mini-concert or a video-chat, we can personalize this just for you!

Check out the site here: http://www.edkupclose.com/

• posted by dangum on october 9, 2014
Additional shows added to Ed Kowalczyk Australian tour
Due to the Sydney and Melbourne shows selling out in record time and the multitude of requests for a Brisbane show, 2 new shows have been added to Ed Kowalczyk's 'I Alone' acoustic tour for November 2014.
The new dates are:

November 6, 2014 - Brisbane (The Tivoli)
November 9, 2014 - Sydney (Everest Theatre) [show #2]

Tickets can be ordered through http://www.livenation.com.au/artist/ed-kowalczyk-tickets

• posted by dangum on october 9, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk 'Throwing Copper' Unplugged 2015 tour
Ed Kowalczyk will be embarking on a tour early next year, peforming Throwing Copper in an unplugged setting.
Dates for the first leg of the tour are below:

February 4, 2015 - The Center for the Arts Natick, MA
February 5, 2015 - Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
February 6, 2015 - Flying Monkey Perf. Center Plymouth, NH
February 7, 2015 - The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
February 12, 2015 - City Winery New York, NY
February 13, 2015 - City Winery New York, NY
February 15, 2015 - Boulton Ctr for the Perf. Arts Bay Shore, NY
February 20, 2015 - Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
February 22, 2015 - Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
February 24, 2015 - House of Blues Cleveland, OH
February 25, 2015 - Pasant Theatre at The Wharton Ctr E. Lansing, MI
February 27, 2015 - Blueberry Hill – Duck Room St. Louis, MO
February 28, 2015 - City Winery Chicago, IL
March 1, 2015 - City Winery Chicago, IL
March 2, 2015 - Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

For further details and ticketing information see, https://edkowalczyk.com/tour-dates

[Credit: SJN1279]

• posted by dangum on october 8, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk covers U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name"
Ed Kowalczyk has posted a video performing an acoustic version of U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" on his Facebook profile. Watch the video here:

• posted by dangum on october 7, 2014
Chris Shinn and Chad Taylor appear on 105.9 Pittsburgh
Chris Shinn and Chad Taylor appeared on 105.9 The X on October 6, 2014 and performed a 5 track acoustic set live on air.
The following tracks can be streamed at here:

1. I Alone
2. All Over You
3. Siren's Call
4. Lakini's Juice
5. We Open the Door

A number of photos from the session can be seen here:

• posted by dangum on october 7, 2014
"Natural Born Killers" available to download
Yet another track from Live's new album is now available on iTunes. "Natural Born Killers" can be downloaded from here:

The track can now also be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9G9fFPX5FE
• posted by dangum on october 7, 2014
"We Open The Door" available to stream
The third track from Live's forthcoming album has been made available for free on the PledgeMusic.com site and YouTube.
"We Open The Door" can be streamed from the following sites:


• posted by dangum on september 30, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk adds Melbourne, Sydney and Perth tour dates
Ed Kowalczyk will be returning to Australia for the second time in 2014 to perform a small number of solo acoustic shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

The following dates have been added for November:

November 8, 2014 - Sydney, Australia (Seymour Centre)
November 10, 2014 - Melbourne, Australia (The Hi-Fi)
November 13, 2014 - Perth, Australia (Quarry Amphitheatre)

Tickets go on sale for the Sydney and Melbourne show next Friday, with a special pre-sale for LiveNation.com.au members this Tuesday.

Tickets to the Perth show are now on sale. Further details can be found at http://www.livefuss.com

• posted by dangum on september 26, 2014
"Siren's Call" available on iTunes and to stream
A second track from Live's forthcoming album 'The Turn' is now available on iTunes.
"Siren's Call" can be downloaded from: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-turn/id919107445

The track can also be streamed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxysgXk01Uc

• posted by dangum on september 23, 2014
"The Way Around Is Through" music video
The music video for Live's first single has been released on YouTube.
The video can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9aPRQdidO4

The Only Way Around Is Through is also available for download through iTunes.

• posted by dangum on september 16, 2014
"The Turn" - Album Preview Party
Live are offering fans the opportunity to listen to Live's new album prior to the release date and a private acoustic performance at their Think Loud studio in York, PA.
Details on how to purchase tickets to preview party can be found at: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/live/exclusives

$800 (40 available)

Inside Think Loud Studios with private acoustic performance + recording of this performance, also attend a cocktail party & photo op with band.

Friday October 17th
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktail Party in LIVE Memorabilia Lounge
Food Catered By White Rose with Full Service Bar
6:30 – 7:00 pm Photo Op Station Available
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Acoustic Performance in Studio
CLOSE 10:00 pm
$1,250 - 5 available

Everything from Album Preview Party, with overnight stay + breakfast with the band, with guided tour of York, Copper Demo’s *5 Deluxe Couples Packages, 10 Total Guest (5 rooms, double occupancy)

Friday October 17th
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktail Party in LIVE Memorabilia Lounge
Food Catered By White Rose with Full Service Bar
6:30 – 7:00 pm Photo Op Station Available
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Acoustic Performance in Studio
CLOSE 10:00 pm PARTY

Saturday October 18th
10:00 am Breakfast with the Band in Artist Kitchen Area
11:30 am Drive Deluxe Fans around York to all of LIVE’s Treasured Landmarks. (2 SUV’s)
1:00 pm Arrive Back at 210 York / Fans Depart

• posted by dangum on september 11, 2014
"The Way Around Is Through" single released
The first single from Live's forthcoming album has been released.
'The Way Around Is Through" was released to radio today with the single being available for download on September 16, 2014.
You can listen to the track on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOEWabgpMmM

• posted by dangum on september 10, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk covers R.E.M's "The One I Love"
Ed Kowalczyk has posted a video performing an acoustic version of R.E.M's "The One I Love" on his Facebook profile. Watch the video here:

• posted by dangum on september 8, 2014
CA, NY and European Live dates announced
Live has announced a number of European shows as well as shows in CA and NY.

*October 22, 2014 - New York, NY (Gramercy Theatre)
*October 28, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA (House of Blues)
*November 5, 2014 - London, England (Koko)
*November 6, 2014 - Antwerp, Belgium (Trix)
*November 7, 2014 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Melkweg Max)
November 8, 2014 - Lübeck, Germany (Rolling Stone Weekender)
*November 9, 2014 - Berlin, Germany (C-Club)
November 10, 2014 - Berlin, Germany (Bi Nuu)

*VIP packages are also available for the above dates. For $350 you will receive: 2 VIP access tickets to the show, soundcheck, meet & greet with the band, and 2 signed items of merch (poster/t-shirt). More info can be found here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/live/exclusives

• posted by dangum on september 3, 2014 (updated: 9 september 2014)
Live's new album 'The Turn' available for pre-order
The name of Live's first album with new lead singer Chris Shinn has been announced. 'The Turn' is due for release on October 28, 2014 and is now available for pre-order at Pledgemusic.com

As well as being able to order the album on CD, fans will also be able to pledge for signed CDs and posters, exclusive t-shirts and posters as well as a 30 minute Skype session with Chad Taylor. Visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/live for all the details.

The track listing for 'The Turn' will be:

1. Siren's Call
2. Don’t Run to Wait
3. Natural Born Killers
4. 6310 Rodgerton Dr.
5. By Design
6. The Way Around Is Through
7. Need Tonight
8. The Strength to Hold On
9. We Open the Door
10. He Could Teach the Devil Tricks
11. Till You Came Around

• posted by dangum on august 28, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk audience recording Denver, CO
An excellent audience recording of Ed's acoustic (featuring Zak Loy) show in Denver Colorado from earlier this month is now available for download in the Multmedia Forum/
The setlist for the show is as follows:

Ed Kowalczyk
Soiled Dove Underground
Denver, CO

Source: DPA 4060 > CA-Ugly > iRiver H120 (Rockboxed)
Transfer: H120 > USB > CD Wave (splitting) > Trader's Little Helper v.2.6.0 > .flac, .ffp, .torrent
Location: Dead center, seat 227

Recorded & Seeded by brianblank
"It's only a memory if you don't record it"

Spread the music, but please do not distribute MP3 or other lossy formats
Support the band by buying officially released music and seeing them on tour
Please do not profit from this recording in any way

01. All Over You
02. The Distance
03. The Great Beyond
04. Bottle Of Anything
05. All That I Wanted
06. The Dolphins Cry
07. Angels On A Razor
08. Selling The Drama
09. Seven
10. Pain Lies On The Riverside
11. Face And Ghost
12. Heaven
13. I Alone
14. [encore break]
15. Lakini's Juice
16. Horse
17. Shit Towne
18. Turn My Head
19. Overcome
20. Lightning Crashes

I Alone Acoustic tour
Ed Kowalczyk - Vocals and guitar
Zak Loy - Guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, and backing vocals

• posted by dangum on august 14, 2014
AXS TV to broadcast Ed Kowalczyk Grammy Museum show
Be sure to tune into AXS TV on August 11, 2014 (9pm ET) as they broadcast an Ed Kowalczyk acoustic show from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles that was recorded on December 9, 2013.

• posted by dangum on july 30, 2014
PCN TV interview with Chad Taylor and Patrick Dahlheimer
PCN TV has conducted an interview with Chad Taylor and Patrick Dahlheimer as part of their PCN Profiles program.
The 30 minute interview cover various topics throughout the band's history and was recorded in York, PA.
The interview can be watched here: pcntv.com/2014/07/03/pcn-profiles-live-with-chad-taylor-patrick-dahlheimer/

• posted by dangum on july 7, 2014
Audience shot concert videos of Live's new tracks
Live has been performing unreleased tracks from their forthcoming album during recent tour dates. A number of audience shot videos have appeared on YouTube.
Recordings of "The Siren's Call", "Don't Run to Wait", "The Way Around" and "6310 Rogerton" can be viewed by clicking on the following link:YouTube videos of Live's new tracks

• posted by dangum on june 23, 2014
DVD of Ed Kowalczyk performing Throwing Copper at Pinkpop 2014 with Nordpool Orchestra
An almost complete recording of Ed Kowalczyk's Pinkpop 2014 performance is now available for download. Ed performed the entirety of Throwing Copper with the Noordpol Orchestra at the iconic festival.
Details on the recording and where you can download it are below:

Ed Kowalczyk & Noordpool Orkest
performing Throwing Copper
Pinkpop, Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
June 7, 2014
Mainstage 15:00-16:00

01. The Dam At Otter Creek
02. Selling The Drama
03. I Alone
04. Iris
05. Lightning Crashes
06. Top
07. All Over You
08. Shit Towne
09. T.B.D.
10. Stage
11. Waitress
12. Pillar Of Davidson
13. White, Discussion [not broadcast]
14. Overcome [not broadcast]

Broadcast on Dutch national television channel NPO Cultura, June 7, 2014.

Another tape from the Magnix Live Archive.

June 2014.

Uploaded to DIME on June 9, 2014 by Magnix.

++ BONUS ++

Ed Kowalczyk
Pinkpop, Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
June 7, 2014
"3 On Stage" session

1. Seven
2. I Alone (Live song)

Broadcast on Dutch national television channel NPO Cultura, June 8, 2014.

[Video] Ed Kowalczyk - 2014-06-07 Pinkpop (Throwing Copper), with Noordpool Orchestra

• posted by dangum on june 9, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk Throwing Copper 20th Anniversary CD/DVD
On February 11th, 2014, I had one of the best concert experiences of my life thanks to you…my amazing fans. I performed Throwing Copper (front-to-back) in front of a sold-out Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia. I think back on it and still get chills.

I had a premonition that Sydney was going to be a special night, and thanks to the folks at Moshcam and Pledge Music, we were able to put together a very talented team of filmmakers to capture the concert, the fans, the energy and the overall experience in such a way that you will feel like you are there when you see it!

I am so excited to share this incredible concert and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper with you through the CD/DVD. I send my heartfelt thanks to you all for your support in making this project become a reality with your pledge.

-Ed K

• posted by dangum on april 8, 2014
Ed Kowalczyk 'The One' video released
'The One', Ed's second video from The Flood and the Mercy has been released and is viewable online at Vimeo.
'The One', is the second part of a trilogy of videos that were recorded in the York, PA area. The video clip can be viewed by clicking the following link: http://vimeo.com/86638981

• posted by dangum on march 19, 2014
Live to perform at Rock Fest (WI)
Another summer tour has been announced. Live will be appearing at the 3 day Rock Fest festival in Cadott, WI on July 19, 2014.
The current lineup includes: Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Steel Panther, P.O.D and a number of other bands.
Tickets go on sale February 22 - more information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/rockfestcadott

• posted by dangum on february 17, 2014
Live Englewood, NJ show announced
Live will be performing at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ on June 19, 2014. Tickets are $55, $45 and $35 and can be purchased from: http://www.bergenpac.org/events/detail/live

• posted by dangum on february 6, 2014
Live Verona, NY show announced
Live has been confirmed at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY ON June 18, 2014.
Tickets go on sale today at 10am. Contact the box office at 315-361-SHOW. Tickets are $50, $55 and $60.

[Credit: pezhead315]

• posted by dangum on february 3, 2014
Live Atlantic City show announced
Live will be performing in Atlantic City, NJ this summer. The following details were added to Ticketmaster.com
June 20, 2013 - Atlantic City, NJ (Revel Ovation Hall)
A pre-sale for this date begins on Wednesday and a general on-sale date for this Friday.
Get your tickets from Ticketmaster

[Credit: Wherefishesgo88]

• posted by dangum on january 7, 2014
Download 10 CD compilation of Live rarities and b-sides

compilation & artwork by ridleybradout



"The 1990’s and early 2000’s were not only a glorious time for the band +Live+, but for collectors of B-sides and rarities. Before the death of the CD single circa-2009, collectors used to scour record stores for these highly sought after (and often import only) releases, containing unique tracks such as covers, live performances, acoustic versions and remixes. Radio stations put out CD compilations of songs recorded in their studios and the band themselves gave their fanclub members Holiday Gifts featuring rare tracks. Some lucky fans were even able to obtain promotional versions of albums and singles containing rare outtakes and alternate versions of songs, which they kindly shared with the rest of the +Live+ fan community.

This ambitious project aimed to bring together every +Live+ track that has appeared on an officially released single, holiday gift, soundtrack, compilation or promo.

Many of these tracks have been circulating among fans as mp3s over the years, but this is the first time they have been collected together and shared in lossless format.

The discs have been arranged in chronological order and aimed to keep distinct eras of the band's history to separate discs. The radio edits have been collected on Disc 9, which serves as an alternate 'Greatest Hits', while remixes and side-projects etc. have been collected on Disc 10.

As a bonus, some unreleased songs taken from demo session tapes are included on Disc 8. While these tracks have been traded among fans previously, the versions included here have been expertly remastered by my fellow compilation enthusiast JWB, so this is the best sound quality these songs have ever been available in. You'll probably notice the biggest improvement in Hold Me Up and Susquehanna, which have undergone significant tape hiss reduction, time correction and now have an increased dynamic range. Hopefully one day the band will put out properly mastered versions of these and other unreleased songs.

A huge thanks to my fellow fans at www.fansoflive.com who contributed to this project and to Dangum especially for running the site and keeping the +Live+ fan community alive after all these years.

A special thanks to BerlinOne who fact-checked the liner notes, and to Swami whose website www.livediscography.com was extremely valuable in compiling this collection.

Enjoy and please support +Live+ and Ed in their future endeavours."

+Live+ The Complete B-Sides & Rarities Collection, 10CD FLAC set available for download here!

[Credit: ridley]

• posted by dangum on january 1, 2014
Chad Taylor responds to Rolling Stone article
Chad Taylor has responded to the Ed Kowalczyk's Rolling Stone article. A copy of Taylor's reponse is copied below.

Update: Live settles lawsuits, Ed Kowalczyk opens up to Rolling Stone
FlipSide staff
Posted: 11/21/2013 11:37:45 AM EST

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Ed Kowalczyk talked about his split with Live, the lawsuits and his new solo tour. Read the entire Rolling Stone interview.

In 2009, Live, a rock group that formed in York, went on hiatus. Soon afterward, its members became embroiled in a legal battle.

In a suit filed May 2010 in New York, band members Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Chad Taylor alleged lead singer Kowalczyk and the band's longtime manager, David Levin, violated terms of a contract. Then, in July 2012, Action Front Unlimited, a corporation that owns trademarks for Live, filed a federal lawsuit against Kowalczyk for branding himself "Ed Kowalczyk of Live" while one a solo tour.

On Thursday, Taylor confirmed that both parties have since reached a settlement, thus ending the legal drama.

The civil suit documents reflect a settlement had been reached out of court in March.

Taylor said that he read what Kowalczyk said to Rolling Stone, but wasn't phased.

"Haven't we heard enough about it?" he asked. "We are all satisfied with the lawsuit (settlement). We reached a compromise. I'm very comfortable with how everything worked out. Everything that we've done ... Ed and the three of us, at least in the most recent months, is just to try and get over this."

Taylor said he wishes Kowalczyk well, and even sent him a bottle of wine before his Nov. 9 concert at Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.

But Taylor said that he did take issue with a few of Kowalczyk's words to Rolling Stone about his role in the creation of Live's music.

"Ed deserves his credit for his contributions to the substantial success of Live," Taylor said. "He is not the sole copyright holder. This was a collaboration. I am not upset about Ed promoting his (solo) work. I do not want to inflame this."

Taylor said he reached out to the the Rolling Stone writer and extended an invitation to talk.

In the meantime, Live, with new lead singer Chris Shinn, has a dozen new tracks recorded and plans to release an album in the coming months. He said his ultimate goal is to ask for forgiveness and try to forgive.

"We plan to continue to make Live songs and work on projects to benefit the community," he added.

Source: http://www.flipsidepa.com/live/ci_24570284/ed-kowalczyk-opens-up-rolling-stone-about-split

• posted by dangum on november 22, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk discusses lawsuit in Rolling Stone magazine
Ed Kowalczyk recently gave his side of the story regarding the breakup of Live and the multiple lawsuits that Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey pursued against him.

A copy of the article is printed below:

Ed Kowalczyk Opens Up About His Ugly Split With Live
'I have been completely dumbfounded by their activities and actions over the last four years,' he says

By Lori Majewski
November 20, 2013 3:20 PM ET

Back in the Nineties, Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk was a bald, often bare-chested heir apparent to Bono, commanding arena-sized sing-alongs to hit after hit from the band's eight-million-selling smash, Throwing Copper.

"Lightning Crashes," "Selling the Drama," "I Alone": nearly 20 years later, the set list still promises these and other fan favorites, like "Heaven" and "The Dolphin's Cry." But it's a different sized crowd: Kowalczyk's recent Manhattan concert took place at the 161-capacity Joe's Pub. And his shirt stayed on.

Onstage, things are different too. True to the title of his current back-to-basics trek – the "I Alone Acoustic Tour," which is now midway through its North American leg – Kowalczyk is the sole performer. Conspicuously absent are the singer's former bandmates, the trio of friends with whom he formed Live to play in a middle-school talent show. After a quarter of a century with the group, Kowalczyk and Live parted ways when the singer was slapped with a 2010 breach-of-contract lawsuit by Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and the Chads, Chad Gracey (drums) and Chad Taylor (guitar), who were seeking money from a publishing deal that Kowalczyk had entered into several years earlier. Then, in 2012, Live – technically, Action Front Limited, the company that holds the band's trademarks – hit the singer with an infringement suit. Kowalczyk counter-sued.

While the others took to social media and sent an email blast to Live fan club members to tell their side of the story (among the grievances: Taylor alleged that Kowalczyk demanded a $100,000 "lead singer bonus" to appear at a 2009 festival), Kowalczyk has remained silent.

Until now. With both suits settled and a second solo album, The Flood and the Mercy (Harbour Records Inc./Universal), featuring the single "Seven," just released, Kowalczyk recently opened up to Rolling Stone about the plan for a two-year hiatus from Live that led to the permanent split, his feelings about his former bandmates and how he managed to channel his anger and frustration into his music. "It was the hardest thing I've ever dealt with," he says, "but it was the greatest gift I was given."

You weren't kidding when you named this the I Alone Tour. At Joe's Pub, there wasn't even a roadie to hand you a guitar. What's it like out there on your own?
I am having the time of my life, and that's hard for people to understand. They think, "Gosh, you guys were selling so many records and so many tickets. You were all over the radio. Now you're playing these acoustic shows, and it's more humble environs." And I go, "Yeah, but in many ways, I'm more fulfilled and having a better time now than I ever did."

In which ways?
There's so much more life lived behind the songs. The fans have grown with the music, and they're still finding inspiration in it. It feels like everything has come full-circle. In these intimate environments, people get to really tune into the core of what the songs are about. Even though the music starts this way, with just me and a guitar, I've never presented it this way onstage before.

You've been saying that this tour and this album represent a new start for you, but it's your second solo record. Did it just take you a while to get to where you wanted to go?
With the first album [2010's Alive], I maybe bright-sided it just a little too much. In some ways [The Flood and the Mercy] is a more honest record than the first one. It's unmapped terrain for me, heading out into the unknown after 20 or more years of knowing the territory so well – almost too well. So The Flood and the Mercy came from that: There's this tumult and this huge energy of the water that can be destructive, but it can also be kind of a rebirth, because you wipe the slate clean. And then you get the mercy, this new experience and new joy.

But before the joy, there was the pain of parting ways with your longtime friends in a very acrimonious way. You've never really talked about it publicly before. Why?
I avoided it, not because I didn't want to talk about it, but because I felt like it was such a distraction. This was supposed to be a new, bright moment in my career, and I wanted people to focus on that.

You guys were like a band of brothers – the pride of York, Pennsylvania. When did all the trouble start?
After 20-something years, it was time for a rest, and we all agreed to it. We agreed on a two-year hiatus in 2009: we'd wind Live down, the whole machine, and everybody would go do their thing. We played the last show that summer in Long Island, then there was this nightmare of legal stuff that started pretty much immediately. For me, it absolutely was a natural progression [that I would want to pursue solo projects], but there was this unforeseen, incredible fallout that those guys generated against me that was really shocking.

What was the gist of that first lawsuit?
They sued me [over] this years-old publishing agreement that we had totally agreed to already. All of a sudden there was this loophole or this problem with it. I'd always been the writer, always wrote the lyrics, melodies and most of the music in Live, and I wanted to have my own publishing company and not a joint one. I wanted to move on and start another aspect of my recording career with the solo records, and they totally agreed to it back in 2006. So they dredged this thing up and said they were misled, which is totally untrue. It was practically out of the statutes of limitations, from what I was told. And it was just totally malicious. They just threw it at me to knock me down around the release of [Alive], which increased the shock and awe of it. I'd never been sued before in my life.

At this point you were still a member of Live – you'd planned to reunite with the band after doing the solo record. Why would they want to threaten the future of the band?
I think it was just anger that I was going to go and do something without them. It's really hard for me to say what their motivations were, or are. I have been completely dumbfounded by their activities and actions over the last four years. I was just trying to move forward and find that energy, that passion again. At the same time that all of this was happening, I was having some of the best shows of my career. One of the first things I did was sing with the Metropole Orchestra in Holland. I was reconnecting with the fans in this amazing, new, intimate and powerful way. I was writing great music. So, for me, it was just weird. I was having this incredible renaissance of joy in what I was doing, but at the same time, there was the contrast of literal legal siege being brought to my doorstep. They had this malicious program of dropping these legal bombs on me when my [first solo] record came out, on my birthday, on Christmas Eve. Every day I had to compartmentalize the fact that these guys who called themselves my friends for most of my life weren't.

The second lawsuit was over trademark infringement: they didn't want you to say that you were "of" the band Live. [Kowalczyk is now referred to as "formerly of Live."
It's been a problem coming as a solo artist after being known as [the singer with] Live for so long, and having to inform the public and, at the same time, abide by these agreements that I've made. It just seems silly to me, and unnecessary.

At what point did you realize that you were going to have to leave the band?
[After the first lawsuit], when things had risen to such a stupid level. It's kind of hard, if not impossible, to come back from a breach of trust that a lawsuit represents.

Did you find it hard to concentrate on writing new music with all of this going on?
In some weird, crazy way that life works, I feel that there's a depth with The Flood and the Mercy that wouldn't be there [if not for the strife]. It's really lemonade from lemons. I just kept trying to use it as grist for the mill. And it made the record and made my shows better. I just used the gifts that I had been given to provide this catharsis for myself, to get through things and to see the bright side, and, at the same time, not deny the fact that I was going through some really shitty stuff.

You played York last week. How'd it go?
Honestly, it felt like a real big hug. The fans are proud of me, they're proud of my accomplishments. I think they're proud, too, of how I handled what turned into a breakup. I did not disparage anybody online. I kept it really quiet. In fact, I didn't talk about it until now, really, in any real way. And I think they appreciated that. Because those guys were being horrible online, just vitriolic and really nasty – really insulting, really dark commentary about me and my record, and making fun of it. I didn't care, but I really wanted to save the fans from that kind of shit, and I tried by taking – I guess they call it the high road. I think the fans appreciate that they could come to my site and get new releases and that they weren't going to get a bunch of tit-for-tat. There's the aspect of being sued for the first time, then there's the aspect of me, being the lyricist and melodist and songwriter in Live, being the communicator of the spirit of it from my heart to so many people for so many years. To have somebody use that credibility that had been developed for so long, over so much touring, to have them air this dirty laundry – and have it be false – really was the hardest thing for me to deal with. Because they were trying to rupture . . . They didn't succeed because, clearly, it's stronger than ever, my relationship with my fans. But what I felt most insulted and hurt by was the fact that the fans didn't deserve that. Here was this relationship that I had built that they were trying, really, to damage and to disrupt. And that really hurt. That was the hardest thing to take.

Live has a new singer [Chris Shinn, formerly of Unified Theory].
And they're not being real clear about who's in it anymore. They obfuscate that it's not the real band. They don't say that it's not the original [lineup]. They just kind of go out and surprise people, and it's really sort of lame.

You worked with Peter Buck on quite a few tracks on The Flood and the Mercy. R.E.M. handled their split in a very different way. Did you two compare experiences?
One of the things that I really appreciate about R.E.M. now, more than ever, is how Peter described to me how those guys decided to take a break – or end it or whatever it's going to be, we'll see – and how congenial, how brotherly and how respectful of each other those guys were, in contrast to my situation. It made me that much more of a fan.

Source:Rolling Stone - Ed Kowalczyk Opens Up About His Ugly Split With Live
• posted by dangum on november 20, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk on Rover's Morning Glory
On November 15, 2013 Ed Kowalczyk made an early appearance on Rover's Morning Glory. Ed was interviewed by Rover and also performed 2 tracks live in the studio (Seven, Lightning Crashes).

Videos of both tracks can be seen below:
Lightnng Crashes

Edit: The full 42 minute broadcast has been uploaded to YouTube.
Ed Kowalczyk - full interview and songs

• posted by dangum on november 15, 2013 (updated: 16 november 2013)
Ed Kowalczyk on Lighting 100 (Nashville)
"Ed Kowalcyk, the former lead singer of Live, stopped by the Lightning 100 studio before his show at the Franklin Theatre, Thursday November 14th, 2013. We listened to a track from his new solo album, The Flood and the Mercy and he played a track live solo acoustic."

A video of the brodcast can be seen here:

• posted by dangum on november 14, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk on Q104.3 (New York)
Ed Kowalczyk appeared on New York's Q104.3 radio on November 12 where he chats with Jonathan Clarke and performs a track off The Flood and The Mercy. A video of the brodcast can be seen here:

• posted by dangum on november 14, 2013
Article on Live's business interests appears in Central Penn News Journal
An in-depth article on Live's business interests in PA has been published in the Central Penn News Journal. A copy of the article can be read at the link below:

• posted by dangum on november 13, 2013
Live concert download Facebook group launched
A new Facebook group has been launched where fans can download high quality live concert recordings.
Check out the "Live Rock Portal" here: www.facebook.com/liverockportal

• posted by dangum on november 13, 2013
Ed performs with The Blind Boys of Alabama
While in Kentucky, Ed took the opportunity to perform with The Blind Boys of Alabama for the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
A video of the performance can be found on Ed's Facebook page.

• posted by dangum on november 11, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk - live from Gothamist House
"In late October, just before his solo album The Flood And The Mercy was released, we invited Ed Kowalczyk (who you know as the former lead singer of Live) to Ridgewood, Queens to play us some songs. Kowalczyk performed two new songs from his album (which, by the way, features R.E.M.'s Peter Buck), as well as "I Alone," and a surprise Bruce Springsteen cover! Tonight he plays his second sold out show in New York, before continuing on with his tour (we highly recommend checking him out if you can). Below, the latest in our Gothamist House series."


• posted by dangum on november 8, 2013
Download a recording of Ed Kowalczyk's Turntable.com session
"Ed Kowalczyk live, acoustic at Turntable.com in New York City on October 29, 2013. An exclusive 10-song performance only available on BitTorrent."

A recording of Ed's Turntable.com performance can be downloaded via the following link:
Ed Kowalczyk Turntable Live Acoustic

The recording consists of the following tracks:
1 Seven (acoustic)
2 All That I Wanted (acoustic)
3 Bottle of Anything (acoustic)
4 The Garden (acoustic)
5 I'm On Fire (acoustic)
6 Pillar of Davidson (acoustic)
7 Nobody Knows (acoustic)
8 The One (acoustic)
9 Holy Water Tears (acoustic)
10 Angels On A Razor (acoustic)

• posted by dangum on november 1, 2013
Behind the scenes footage from the shooting of Ed Kowalczyk's The Flood and The Mercy album cover
Have you wondered whether the photo on the cover of The Flood and The Mercy was photoshopped? Well, the answer is a definite "no". Ed has posted some behind the scenes footage of how the shot was taken.
Take a look here: www.facebook.com/edkowalczyk/posts/10151981842603081
• posted by dangum on october 23, 2013
Live - Atlantic City (Throwing Copper show) recording available
An audience recording of Live's 'Throwing Copper' front-to-back show from Atlantic City has surfaced. The entire performance is available for download in the Multimedia area of the Fans of Live forum.
Details of the recording are listed below:

House Of Blues
Atlantic City, NJ
Source: DPA 4060 > CA-Ugly > iRiver H120 (Rockboxed)
Transfer: H120 > USB > CD Wave (splitting) > Trader's Little Helper v.2.6.0 > .flac, .ffp, .torrent
Location: Dead Center, in front of sound board, ~30' back

Recorded & Seeded by brianblank
"It's only a memory if you don't record it"

Spread the music, but please do not distribute MP3 or other lossy formats
Support the band by buying officially released music and seeing them on tour
Please do not profit from this recording in any way

01. The Dam At Otter Creek
02. Selling The Drama
03. I Alone
04. Iris
05. Lightning Crashes
06. Top
07. All Over You
08. Shite Towne
09. t.b.d.
10. Stage
11. Waitress
12. Pillar Of Davidson
13. White, Discussion
14. {encore break]
15. Pain Lies On The Riverside
16. The Dolphin's Cry
17. Lakini's Juice
18. [thank yous]
19. Horse *

* Chris Thorn on slide guitar and Dana Alexandra on accompanying vocals

Click on the following link for download links for the show
[Audio] Live 2013-10-05 House Of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ, Throwing Copper in it's entirety

• posted by dangum on october 17, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk performing at Turntable.com on October 29, 2013
To celebrate the release of Ed's second solo album "The Flood and The Mercy", Ed will be performing live on Turntable.com
Ed will be chatting with fans, answering questions and performing live at 9pm EST on October 29, 2013.

For more information on how to access this event, check the following link: http://www.turntable.com/events/50/ed-kowalczyk

• posted by dangum on october 16, 2013
Live on WITF Radio "Smart Talk" program
Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey appeared on "Smart Talk" to discuss the awarding of the Governor's Arts Award to the band for their contribution to arts in Pennsylvania.

The band talked about their business interests in PA as well as the history of Live. The entire interview can be heared here: http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2013/10/rst-rock-band-live-and-the-governors-arts-awards.php

• posted by dangum on october 12, 2013
Music video for "Seven" surfaces
The video for the lead single from Ed Kowalczyk's album "The Flood and The Mercy" has surfaced online.
Seven can be viewed here: http://vevo.ly/NsvAzb
According to Ed, "Seven" is the first part of a trilogy of music videos from the album.

• posted by dangum on october 4, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk December tour dates added
A number of tour dates for December 2013 has been added to Ed Kowalczyk's North American tour.

December 2, 2013 - Vancouver, Canada (Rio Theatre)
December 3, 2013 - Seattle, WA (The Triple Door)
December 4, 2013 - Yakima, WA (The Seasons Performance Hall)
December 5, 2013 - Portland, OR (Aladdin Theater)
December 7, 2013 - Sacramento, CA (Assembly)
December 8, 2013 - San Francisco, CA (Cafe DuNord)
December 9, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA (Grammy Museum)
December 10, 2013 - Solana Beach, CA (Belly Up Tavern)

Tickets are available through: http://www.bandsintown.com/EdKowalczyk

• posted by dangum on october 2, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk "Seven" video sneak peak
A 40 second preview of Ed Kowalczyk music video for "Seven" has been uploaded to YouTube. The music video was shot on location in York, PA.

Click the link below to view the video:

• posted by dangum on october 2, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk 2014 Australian Tour Dates announced
Tour dates for Ed Kowalczyk's 2014 Australian tour have been announced. Ed and his band will be performing in Australia in early February 2014.

The following tour dates have been confirmed:

February 5, 2014 - Perth (Metro City)
February 7, 2014 - Adelaide (Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide)
February 8, 2014 - Melbourne (Forum Theatre)
February 9, 2014 - Melbourne (Forum Theatre) ** new show
February 11, 2014 - Sydney (Enmore Theatre)
February 12, 2014 - Brisbane (The Tivoli)
February 14, 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand (The Tuning Fork) ** new show

Pre-sale starts September 27 while tickets go on sale to the public on-sale October 4.
Ticketing information can be found here: http://www.livenation.com.au/artist/ed-kowalczyk-tickets

According to reports, Ed will be performing 'Throwing Copper' in its entirety, along with an additional 30 minutes of hits from Live as well as solo material

• posted by dangum on september 25, 2013 (updated october 3rd)
Chad Taylor Talks Legacy, Historic Show At House Of Blues and more
Chad Taylor was interviewed for Live's upcoming show at Atlantic City, NJ.

LIVE’s Chad Taylor Talks Legacy, Historic Show At House Of Blues Atlantic City & More!
September 19, 2013 by jmarmo

If you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ll appreciate knowing that LIVE is coming to House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat on October 5th. Yes, the same LIVE whose hit “Lightening Crashes” chilled at the top of the top of the Billboard charts for ten weeks straight and whose most popular album, Throwing Copper, gained tremendous popularity and took the number one spot on the Billboard 200 52 weeks after its release date. And here’s the best part…LIVE’s upcoming performance at House Of Blues will be ONE NIGHT ONLY OF THROWING COPPER! Front to back!

This is a historical event, people. Chances are you may never have this opportunity again. If you are any kind of LIVE fan you HAVE to be here, no if and or buts about it. And we’re serious.

We’re also serious about the fact that guitarist Chad Taylor is an awesome dude. He knows how special the world of LIVE is and he works hard to keep it that way. We recently chatted with him about all this and more. Check out the interview, below.

TAC: The majority of you guys were brought together in a talent show back in your middle school days. When did you realize that this band was something that you were going to go all the way with?

Chad Taylor: The 10-year-old version of myself long before there was the band really did believe that I would be in a successful rock band. In fact, I wrote Gene Simmons in green crayon telling him that I was going to be in one of the world’s biggest rock bands and that he should just sign me now. I told him that I was in the chorus, I played trumpet and I was learning how to play guitar! But probably in the real part of it is that there was a guy named Hilly Kristal who was the owner of CBGB in New York City. Hilly is basically the guy that discovered LIVE in terms of a bigger city. We have some small town clubs that we played around here that were really important, but we were still in high school and we were starting to do really well in terms of playing in New York City and selling tickets. Hilly would have us back to play about every two weeks. CBGB is one of the more seminal rock and roll clubs in the world and we knew that once we were in there, we were good and of course LIVE playing at CBGB would lead to the guy that was the manager of The Ramones and The Talking Heads signing our band to a record deal and then Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads producing the band, so really the direct lineage to our success started from CBGB.

TAC: How long after did it take for that first moment where you knew you made it? What moment was that?

Chad Taylor: There are two ways that I can go with this. One is Mental Jewelry had LIVE on MTV and there was a tremendous amount of video play going on for the album. In light of that video play, one of my parents’ friends had asked, ‘when is Chad going to buy you a house?’ and my mom said ‘well, probably after he moves out of mine!’. So there was a perception of ‘made it’ that is the public acceptance of ‘made it’. Probably when I realized that my life had changed was when I bought a house with cash. I realized at that point, that was something that most people weren’t going to be able to do. Just knowing that I had that fortitude in my life, like I wouldn’t struggle to pay for my next meal anymore, that was when I really started to feel like I made it and I was probably in my early 20’s. We were extremely successful very young. And then as part C to this, I still don’t feel like I really made it! I’m still excited to make new music and to play in front of people and do things. I’ve never looked at myself in the mirror and said well now you’ve done it, patted myself on the back and laid it down. We’re still going at it.

TAC: How did the idea come about of doing Throwing Copper live onstage for one night at House Of Blues on 10/5?

Chad Taylor: Next year is the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper. Some discussions started about picking a special moment to go out and play the record to celebrate it. We just completed a nine week tour of North America and during that tour we got into the discussion that we probably wouldn’t do any lengthy touring before the end of the year. As it turns out, the House Of Blues show is our last show for the year and all the guys said that would be the perfect show to play Throwing Copper. So the internal debate was, do we just show up and play Throwing Copper and not tell anyone, or do we let the cat out of the bag and tell people what it’s gonna be? We decided that with LIVE’s international fan base, we wanted to give everyone a chance to get tickets and give everyone a chance to be able to get there. There’s a social media post on our Facebook right now that says we have people flying as far away as New Zealand to come in and see the show. LIVE also has a very long lineage of coming down and playing the shore and in light of Hurricane Sandy and now the boardwalk fire in Seaside, I think that Atlantic City needs a little extra, special love, so we’re awfully excited to come down and deliver it. TAC: You are from Pennsylvania, not too terribly far away from here. Does performing in Atlantic City always hold special memories for you?

Chad Taylor: We’re Pennsylvania guys. We would always go to the Jersey Shore. We were always there at the beaches. When we were still in high school, we would always try to get summer gigs down at the beach just so that we could go to the ocean and enjoy ourselves, so it’s a big part of what we’ve done. I’ll be checking out White House Subs. I have a whole list of favorite stuff to do in Atlantic City. I love to gamble and hang out in the casino and have fun. Rock and roll coupled with that environment is just magical. Everyone comes there to have a good time. It seems like the perfect place to celebrate Throwing Copper. TAC: How does playing this music feel to you now opposed to back in the early ’90s?

Chad Taylor: The songs take on a life of their own. What I tell people is that when you go out and tour like we have, and play the same songs night after night; there are so many variables that make it new. If you played the song and executed it perfectly night after night, the audience is different, the room is different, the way people feel, the way the sun and the moon and the stars align on a given night are different. Some people have alcohol, some don’t, people react differently, so for me, it’s never gotten old to play the songs that put LIVE on the map. In fact, Billboard Magazine just announced LIVE as number 20 of the top 50 bands of the last 25 years. And our song “Lightening Crashes”, they listed at number 13 of the 100 greatest rock and roll songs for the last 20 years. I see that stuff and I’m honored to be recognized, but I’m probably more deeply moved by the fact that we still have the opportunity and the chance to go out and play these songs and our fans have stuck by us and we’ve stuck by them.

TAC: And how would you say that your role in the group has changed since then?

Chad Taylor: I was always some sort of leader, but a reluctant leader in the band. At this age, I see my leadership role more directly tied with legacy of the band and making sure that we have continued to evolve, but also not lose track of who we are. So there’s some curation in what I do. Whether it’s writing new songs or being involved with the band in a creative standpoint, after 28 years of history, I basically know what LIVE fans want. I make sure that the band delivers that and through a system of empowerment like I’m empowering Patrick, Chad and Chris and myself at some level too.

TAC: You guys were recently selected as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts. Is your progression as an artist something that you’ve measured through the years or are aware of, or do you just do what feels right?

Chad Taylor: For the first time in my career, I have made more musical references to our past and our legacy than I do outside sources. For example when we were kids and we were working on a song, I would say ‘like the bridge in that U2 song’. Now there’s enough of a legacy and heritage for LIVE that my references are LIVE itself. That’s brand new for me and what I’ve recognized is that if I want to hear ACDC, I don’t want to hear the dance remixes. I want to hear “Back In Black”, I want to hear “Big Balls” and guitars in my face and that’s what fans expect from LIVE. I’ve stopped searching for the next big evolution of the band. Just like adulthood, I’ve come into being me and I feel that the band feels exactly the same way. We’re comfortable in that skin.

TAC: What about being a part of this band makes you the most proud?

Chad Taylor: Our friendship. Without question, I can answer that right away. It’s the friendship of each of the guys that I value much more than the music. I think that there is a strong sense of community amongst the fans also because we’ve done this together for so long. Every show in its own weird way is a reunion of sorts. We’ll be going into our fourth decade of making music, that’s four generations of people. When I was 17, our fan base was probably in their 20s and now that I’m 42, I look out and see that there are new, young kids finding out about LIVE and at the same time now there are doctors and lawyers in the audience and they’re bringing their kids. It’s a trip. We’ve really grown together. In the midst of Throwing Copper, I just thought that we would eventually burn out or self-destruct or something like that, so the fact that it’s lived on for such a long time even surprises me.

TAC: You guys will have a new album out early next year. How is this one shaping up to be so far?

Chad Taylor: The brand new material of the band is a fascinating evolution of long term musical experience and knowledge. It’s hard to describe in words because by nature, I want to describe everything with music, but it feels like a spiritual roller coaster. I get on it and I’m scared to ride it at first just like any good thrill ride and you ride the ride and the second it’ s done, my gut instinct is let’s hurry up and get back in line, I want to ride it again. I can say the moment that I don’t feel the music is dangerous and that it’s not taking risks, I won’t do it. I don’t want to create safety rock and roll. I want to create music that still can inspire me and inspire our fans. This is a different type of rock and roll than what I made when I was 18. It was still dangerous, but it’s a different type of danger now. It does change.

TAC: What else is in the works for you guys as a band?

Chad Taylor: We have two very seminal events coming up which is next year is the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper and following that is the 30th anniversary of the band. So I think it’s new music with really celebrating the legacy and heritage of the band and then beyond that I always tell the fans to come out and see the shows now because there are no promises that we will keep on doing this forever and ever. As long as the spirit moves us and we’re doing it for the right reasons, we’ll do it. The years and years of touring on the road have worn us down so much, so I know there won’t be as many shows in our future as there were in our past. The Atlantic City show will be a special moment because I don’t know if we’ll ever perform Throwing Copper from front to back ever again. LIVE has actually never performed any album front to back, let alone Throwing Copper.

So if we haven’t made it clear enough already, moral of the story is that you NEED to be at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City on 10/5. Get your tickets here OR CLICK HERE to enter to win a VIP Getaway Prize Pack that includes two tickets to the show, overnight accommodations at Showboat and a $100 food and beverage credit. A runner-up will also win a pair of free tix. This sweepstakes ends TOMORROW, September 20th, so get those entries in now and we’ll see you at House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat on October 5th at 9 p.m.! It’s going to be epic!

• posted by dangum on september 20, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk FaceCulture interview (2013)
Ed Kowalczyk was recently interviewed by the FaceCulture team during his 2013 European tour.
The 3 part video can be viewed at the link below.

"Video interview with American singer-songwriter, and former Live frontman, Ed Kowalczyk. FaceCulture spoke with Ed about R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion, Peter Buck, Peter's mandolin, using water as a metaphor, naming albums, The Flood And The Mercy, album art, floods, finding cohesion in the record, Seven, hope, keeping songs universal, a spiritual soul journey, Parasite, starting the record with One, Alive, a different production style, Bob Marley's Cornerstone, finding the right tone, a different value system and a lot more! (5th September 2013)"

FaceCulture (2013) Ed Kowalczyk interview
• posted by dangum on september 13, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk covers Bruce Springsteen track "I'm On Fire"
Ed Kowalczyk performed the Bruce Springsteen hit "I'm On Fire" at the Brabant Open Air festival in Einhoven (The Netherlands) on September 7, 2013.
An excellent fan shot video is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08h1sGzD_FI
Update: The track seems to be part of Ed's new setlist. Click the "Comments" link above to watch other performances.
• posted by dangum on september 9, 2013
The Flood and The Mercy pre-order
Ed Kowalczyk's second full length album "The Flood and the Mercy" has been scheduled for European release on September 6th, 2013 while the US release date is October 29, 2013.

For those fans who don't want to wait an extra 2 months - the album is available for purchase from Amazon in the United Kingdom.
Follow the links below to order the 2 CD edition (includes The Garden EP) or the album on vinyl.

Amazon (UK): The Flood and the Mercy - 2 CD
Amazon (UK): The Flood and the Mercy - vinyl

• posted by dangum on august 21, 2013
iTunes preview of The Flood and the Mercy
iTunes has uploaded a preview of Ed Kowalczyk's second full length solo album "The Flood and the Mercy". According to iTunes, the album will be available for download from September 6th, 2013.

[Credit: Crossed]
• posted by dangum on august 17, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk North American Fall 2013 tour
A number of new dates have been annouced for October and November as part of Ed Kowalczyk's North American Fall tour.

Thu Oct 24th, 2013 The Center for Arts in Natick Natick MA USA
Fri Oct 25th, 2013 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City Canada
Sat Oct 26th, 2013 Club Soda Montreal Canada
Wed Nov 6th, 2013 Joe's Pub New York NY
Thu Nov 7th, 2013 Joe's Pub New York NY
Sat Nov 9th, 2013 The Pullo Center York PA
Sun Nov 10th, 2013 WV University Creative Arts Center Morgantown WV
Mon Nov 11th, 2013 Lyric Theatre & Cultural Art Center Lexington KY
Tue Nov 12th, 2013 Eddie's Attic Decatur GA
Thu Nov 14th, 2013 Franklin Theatre Franklin TN
Fri Nov 15th, 2013 The Kent Stage Kent OH
Sat Nov 16th, 2013 Blueberry Hill - Duck Room St. Louis MO
Sun Nov 17th, 2013 SPACE Evanston IL
Wed Nov 20th, 2013 Dosey Doe The Woodlands TX
Thu Nov 21st, 2013 One World Theatre Austin TX
Sat Nov 23rd, 2013 The Kessler Dallas TX

To view an up-to-date list of dates, check out the tour page on Ed's website:

[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on august 17, 2013
Studio version of "Seven" available for download
A studio version of Ed Kowalczyk's first single "Seven" has been uploaded to YouTube.
The entire track can be heard at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2ymnsMZqQA

To download an MP3 of the track, click on the "Comments" link above

• posted by dangum on august 7, 2013
Live to perform at Yellow Party fundraiser
Live will be performing an acoustic show for the Yellow Party charity in Baltimore, MD on August 29, 2013. The Yellow Party is a charity that supports people journeying with cancer.

" The Yellow Party Baltimore is a fundraising event to support two amazing cancer fighting charities - Racing for Cancer and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. This years event will take place at Pazo, one of Baltimore's award winning restaurants, it will feature an acoustic performance by multi-platinum band +LIVE+ and will have some of the top names in Indy racing.

TICKETS (GO ON SALE AUGUST 1, 2013) at www.YellowPartyBaltimore.org
General Admission $128/person Includes admission to 7PM – 11PM event with beer, wine, signature cocktails passed hors d'oeuvres, silent & live auctions, acoustic performance by +Live+.

VIP Ticket - $228/person
Includes admission to 5:30 PM – 7PM and reserved seating."

More information can be found here:
• posted by dangum on august 1, 2013
New Adam Kowalczyk track "Good To Be Home Again"
Adam Kowalczyk has uploaded a new track entitled "Good To Be Home Again" on his SoundCloud account.
Check out the song at the link below:

While you're waiting for the new Live and Ed Kowalczyk albums, be sure to check out Adam's older material. Here are links to his previous full length albums:

Looking Up From the Ground: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adamweight
The Dream EP: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kowalczyk2

• posted by dangum on july 24, 2013
Is this the cover to Ed Kowalczyk's new album?
A German CD store called CDStarts.de has uploaded what appears to be the cover of the new Ed Kowalczyk's album "The Flood and the Mercy". Check it out here:

• posted by dangum on july 20, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk to perform on Rock Boat 2014
Ed Kowalczyk annouced today that he will be performing on the Rock Boat in 2014. The cruise liner departs Miami on February 22, 2014 and concludes February 26.
Other artists on the bill include:
Sister Hazel, Tonic, Will Hoge, Reel Big Fish and Stephen Kellogg.
The full list of artists can be found on the Rock Boat website: www.therockboat.com/lineup/

[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on july 17, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk new album details surface
Details about Ed Kowalczyk's second full length album have surfaced on Danish online music retailer www.imusic.dk
'The Flood and the Mercy' will be the name of the album and contains the following tracks:

01 The One
02 Seven
03 Angels on a Razor
04 Parasite
05 All That I Wanted
06 Take Me Back
07 Holy Waters Tears
08 Supernatural Fire
09 Bottle of Anything
10 The Watchman's Lament
11 Cornerstone

Ed Kowalczyk has mentioned in interviews that the album will also contain a 'hidden' track.
According to iMusic.dk, the album will also include a second CD which features 'The Garden' EP.
The album will be released on September 6, 2013 which coincides with Ed's tour of Europe.
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on july 16, 2013
Live to headline Baltimore Grand Prix
Live will be the headline act at the Baltimore Grand Prix on August 31, 2013. The Baltimore Sun reports that Live will perform a 1.5 hour set which "will include many of the band’s biggest hits as well as new material."

General admission and reserved grandstand seating tickets can be purchased from:

• posted by dangum on july 15, 2013
Live to perform Throwing Copper in its entirety
Live have announced that they will be performing a special show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City on October 5, 2013. Live will perform their most popular album 'Throwing Copper' in its entirety. It is unknown whether tracks from other albums will also be performed. Tickets go on sale this Friday from: Ticketmaster

Event details can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/547142652015018/

• posted by dangum on july 10, 2013
Chad Taylor interview in RockRevolt Magazine
The latest issue of RockRevolt Magazine features an in-depth interview with Chad Taylor.
Topics include about Live's current Summerland 2013 tour, Ed Kowalczyk, Chris Shinn and the future of Live.
The magazine can be downloaded from the link below:

[Credit: brianblank]
• posted by dangum on july 6, 2013
Download HD pro-shot video of AXS TV Denver show
The June 26, 2013 Summerland tour concert was broadcast live across the US on AXS TV. The full sets of all four bands on the tour were featured. Thanks to Fans of Live forum member brianblank, the entire concert is available for download in high definition.
An audio only recording of Live's set is also available. To download these shows, check out the link below.
2013-06-26 - Denver, CO - AXS TV, Audio & Video

[Credit: brianblank]
• posted by dangum on july 2, 2013
Summerland Columbus, OH audio recording available
An excellent audience audio recording is available for download of Live's concert in Columbus, OH.
Both Live's set as well as sets from Filter, Everclear and Sponge can be downloaded from the following link:
Live Columbus, OH, 2013-06-21, The LC Pavilion [AUD], FLAC

[Credit: live2cd]
• posted by dangum on june 24, 2013
News about forthcoming Ed Kowalczyk album
In a recent interview with the Artisan News, Ed Kowalczyk revealed a bit of information on his next studio full length album.

Peter Buck of R.E.M will be playing guitar on 8 tracks, while Rachael Yamagata will also feature on vocals on 4 tracks.
The album will contain 11 songs plus an additional "hidden" track and is due for release in September 2013.
Mastering of the album is complete and due to a recent title change the album artwork in its final stages.
The interview can be seen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4td6r_kSYjA

• posted by dangum on june 19, 2013
PBS "On Canvas" program to feature Ed Kowalczyk
Ed Kowalczyk will be featured on PBS affilliate WHYY (Philadelphia) "On Canvas" TV show which is scheduled to be broadcast on May 9th, 2013. The program will contain footage from the Ed Kowalczyk acoustic show filmed Sellersville, PA earlier this year.

"On Canvas is a music and performance program recorded live on location at local venues in PA, NJ & DE. This Emmy award-winning show features performances and intimate interviews with regional, national and international artists. Watch On Canvas on WHYY-TV Thursdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m."

For those not in the Philadelphia area, the program will also be available for streaming on the On Canvas website from Friday the 10th of May. http://whyy.org/cms/oncanvas/

Update: Watch a preview of the program here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZspOysqwSk

Update: The full program can be streamed at the following link: http://video.whyy.org/video/2365009613

• posted by dangum on may 3rd, 2013 (updated may 7th, june 18th)
30 second sample of "The One" by Ed Kowalczyk
Ed Kowalczyk has posted an update from the studio where he is wrapping up mixing his second full length album with Tom Lord-Alge. Check out this video for a 30 second sample of an upcoming track titled "The One"


[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on may 1st, 2013
Download 3 Ed Kowalczyk recordings from Mexico
In January this year, Ed Kowalczyk was a surprise guest of Peter Buck's 'Tados Santos Festival' in Mexico. Ed performed a short acoustic set over 3 nights and an excellent audience recording has recently surfaced.

The setlist included Live favorite such as "Lightning Crashes" and "I Alone" but also featured the unreleased Ed Kowalczyk track "Seven".

The concert can be downloaded from the Fans of Live Multimedia Forum:
[FLAC] Ed Kowalczyk - 2013-01-10/11/12, Mexico, Todos Santos Music Festival - Mexico

• posted by dangum on may 1st, 2013
Download 1997 tour videos archived from live.cerf.net
Those who followed Live online in the 90's will remember the old official Live website at: http://live.cerf.net. It was a site ahead of it's time, regularly updated and with a great tour section which featured short video clips of many 1997 tour dates.

Unfortunately the site is no longer active but thanks to a fan many of the videos have been saved and generously uploaded so we can all relive this wonderful tour.

Please note, that the quality of the videos look terrible when compared to what you would see in 2013 but they serve as a great reminder of Live in their peak.

The videos can be downloaded from the Fans of Live Multimedia Forum:
1997 Spring Club & Summer Tour - QuickTime movie clips

Be sure to check out the rest of the Multimedia Forum for additional downloads.
[Credit: Redrock]
• posted by dangum on april 22, 2013
Summerland 2013 Tour Dates Announced
Summerland 2013 tour dates have been announced.
The Summerland 2013 tour will feature Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge and will tour the US this summer. The following dates have been scheduled:

Complete itinerary for the 2013 Summerland Tour:

May 29 – Ft. Myers, FL – Lee County Civic Center
May 30 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theatre
May 31 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

June 1 - Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 2 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
June 5 – Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook After Hours
June 7 – Fairfax, VA – Celebrate Fairfax
June 8 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
June 11 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
June 12 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
June 14 – Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
June 15 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
June 16 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn's Peak
June 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
June 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
June 21 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
June 22 – Hammond, IN – Horseshoe Casino
June 23 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
June 26 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
June 30 – Bakersfield, CA – Brighthouse Networks Amphitheatre

July 2 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey's
July 5 – Laughlin, NV – Avi Casino
July 6 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
July 11 – Lake Charles, LA – L'Auberge Casino Pool Stage
July 12 – Dallas, TX – TBA
July 13 – Austin, TX – ACL Live, Moody Theatre
July 16 – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon
July 19 – Danbury, CT – Ives Concert Park
July 20 – Hampton, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 21 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
July 28 – Kansas City, MO – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Source: Rolling Stone

• posted by dangum on march 25th, 2013
Download audience recordings from 1999/2000
A number of audience recordings from 1999 and 2000 have been uploaded to the Multimedia forum.
Click on the link below to download the following shows:
Several 1999/2000 Live Recordings

1999-06-11 - Wantagh, NY. Jones Beach Theater K-Rock (WXRK) Dysfunctional Picnic
1999-06-30 - Camden, GBR. Electric Ballroom
1999-07-01 - Camden, GBR. Electric Ballroom
1999-10-24 - Las Vegas, NV. House Of Blues
2000-08-23 - Hartford, CT. Meadows Music Theater

Big thanks goes out to forum members brianblank for the transfer, encoding and uploading and to Redrock for supplying the MiniDiscs.
• posted by dangum on march 18th, 2013
Download MP3s of Live's York concert
An MP3 recording of Live's 3rd ever show with Chris Shinn on vocals can be downloaded from: http://whitediscussion.com/MEDIA/Unplugged+At+The+Strand.zip

Thanks goes out to the members of the White Disucssion forum for sharing the recording.
• posted by dangum on march 9th, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk schedules 7 shows for The Netherlands in September
Ed Kowalczyk will perform 7 intimate acoustic shows in The Netherlands this September. The dates are as follows:

September 14, 2013: Heerlen Parkstad Limburg (Rabozaal)
September 15, 2013: Tilburg, 013
September 16, 2013 Amsterdam, Concertgebouw
September 18, 2013: Rotterdam City Theatre
September 19, 2013: Groningen, Oosterpoort
September 20, 2013: Hengelo, Rabotheater
September 21, 2013: Zwolle, Mirror Theatre

For ticketing information, visit Ed's website at: http://edkowalczyk.com/tour-dates
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on march 6th, 2013
Mark McGrath and Friends Cruise cancelled
The Mark McGrath and Friends cruise which was to feature performances by Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Marcy Playground and Ed Kowalczyk has been cancelled for unspecified reasons.
More info can be found here: Rolling Stone: Mark McGrath's Nineties Nostalgia Cruise Canceled

• posted by dangum on march 1st, 2013
Concert performance of new Live track "World"
A pro-shot video of Live's new song "World" can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoVSzRxlTMM.

This video was recorded from yesterday's live video stream from The Strand Theater in York, PA. Thanks to forum member Live4Life and the White Discussion YouTube Channelfor sharing this video.

• posted by dangum on march 1st, 2013 (updated march 3rd)
Meet and Greet Live in York, PA
Think Loud Development has posted the following messages on their Facebook profile:

"Think Loud presents the Multi Platinum band +LIVE+ come meet them on February 28th at The Strand Capitol Performing arts center from 4:00pm to 5:00pm."

"YORK, PA FEBRUARY 28, 2013 4:00PM to 5:00PM - at The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center Think Loud Development LLC presents a meet & greet with IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti who pilots the #25 RC Cola INDY CAR, Multi Platinum Rock Band + LIVE +, Racing Legend & owner of Andretti Autosport, Michael Andretti; plus two time Emmy Award winning violinist Damien Escobar, all right here in YORK, PA!
They will be handing out some things and signing autographs at The Strand Capitol in York, PA on February 28th from 4-5pm. This event is open to the public. Come out and see some celebrities and who knows, maybe a race car or two! - Much more info to announce, this is just part one of a very special day!"


Update: Part of the meet and greet will be streamed online.
• posted by dangum on february 10th, 2013 (updated february 14)
Ed Kowalczyk tour date: Toledo, OH (Free show)
Ed Kowalczyk will be performing at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, OH on March 30, 2013.
No ticket is required but it is a 21+ event.
More details can be found here:http://www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com/Entertainment/Special/Events
• posted by dangum on february 9th, 2013
The Garden EP now available on CD
Ed Kowalczyk's The Garden EP is now available on CD. The CD can be purchased from:
https://edkowalczyk.com/store/garden-ep for $10.
• posted by dangum on january 28th, 2013
New The Gracious Few album put on hold
In a recent interview (January 13, 2013) with Jen Thuy Tien, Kevin Martin revealed that recording of the new The Gracious Few album has been put on hold while the rest of the band continue to work on the new Live album.

Previous reports indicate that there are 16 tracks already recorded in previous The Gracious Few recording sesions. Originally the new TGF album was due to be completed by March 2013, but it seems that fans will need to wait a while longer.
The full 30 minute interview with Kevin Martin and Peter Klett can be seen here: (TGF related discussion can be found at 15:20)
[Credit: live2cd]
• posted by dangum on january 22nd, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk debuts new tracks in concert
Ed Kowalczyk debuted 3 brand new tracks at his acoustic shows in Bay Shore (NY), Englewood (NJ) and Fairfield (CT). Luckily for us, full recordings of two of the tracks were made at the Fairfield, CT show.
To listen to other tracks from the Fairfield show, check out the review thread in the forum.
Forum - Fairfield, CT
• posted by dangum on january 20th, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk 2013 Holiday Gift
Ed Kowalczyk has released 3 tracks to fan club members. The new tracks are acoustic versions of 'The Garden' and 'I'm the Proof' as well a studio version of the 'O Holy Night' Christmas carol Ed recorded late last year.
Society of Friends members, check your email to a link to MP3 versions of these tracks.
Non-members can stream these tracks on YouTube. (click on the "Comments" link above).
• posted by dangum on january 19th, 2013
Ed performs with Peter Buck and Mike Mills
While in Mexico performing at the Peter Buck organised Todos Santos Music Festival, Ed Kowalczyk joined Peter Buck and Mike Mills on stage to perform REM tracks, "Begin the Begin" and "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville". Video of both tracks can be found on YouTube:
(Don't Go Back To) Rocville - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmA-ycX-ilA
Begin the Begin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf9kK2EQzMg
"(Ed K.) Greetings from Todos Santos, Mexico! My friend Peter Buck of REM invited me down to perform a little and hang out at his Todos Santos Music Festival. It's a charity event that benefits the Palapa Society here. Being introduced by one of my heroes and then spinning 45's at his house until the wee-hours is making for a very nice little trip to Mexico!"
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on january 14th, 2013
Cruise the Bahamas with Ed Kowalczyk
Ed Kowalczyk will be aboard the "Mark McGrath and Friends" cruise tour when it sails the Bahamas from October 18 - 21. Other bands on the cruise include Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Cracker, Vertical Horizon, Spin Doctors, The Verve Pipe, Marcy Playground and Ed Roland of Collective Soul.
Details on the cruise can be found at http://markmcgrathandfriendscruise.com
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on january 11th, 2013
Radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk on WXPN
Last night Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed by Bob D'Aprile on WPKN - an alternative community radio station in Bridgeport, CT.
An MP3 of the interview as well an a pre-recorded acoustic performance of Lightning Crashes can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?cqaz1c3ann6mt57
• posted by dangum on january 9th, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk to perform at Christopher Reeve benefit
Ed Kowalczyk will be taking his acoustic "I Alone" show to Miami, FL on February 2, 2013 to perform a benefit show for the Christopher Reeve foundation. More details about the show can be found at: One Split Secord - Christopher and Dana Foundation
• posted by dangum on january 3rd, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk to perform at Sandy Hook benefit show
Ed Kowalczyk will be performing at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT in the Concert for Hope and Healing. All of the proceeds are going to benefit the survivors of the Newtown tragedy and honor the victims. The following artists will be performing on January 19 and 20, 2013.

January 19th
Edie Brickell
Bernie Williams
Kicking Daisies
Carly and Eliza
Bobby Paltauf
Steve Clarke Trio and more.

January 20th
Johnny Winter and his band
Ed Kowalczyk
Gary Portnoy
Whiskey Preacher
Chris Berardo and the Desperados
Wagon Wheel Band and more.

Tickets are: Balcony $45/ Mezzanine $75/ Orchestra $150
• posted by dangum on january 3rd, 2013
Ed Kowalczyk records 'O Holy Night'
Ed Kowalczyk has recorded the Christmas carol 'O Holy Night' and released it on his YouTube channel. The track was produced by James Gabbie and Jamie Candiloro.
O Holy Night - Ed Kowalczyk
• posted by dangum on december 24th, 2012
The Garden EP released!
The day has finally arrived and Ed Kowalczyk's The Garden EP is now available for purchase.
The album can be downloaded from the following locations:
Amazon - The Garden EP
EdKowalczyk.com - The Garden EP
• posted by dangum on november 19th, 2012
Listen to samples of all 10 tracks from The Garden EP
Amazon.com now has an entry on its website for Ed Kowalczyk's 'The Garden' EP. 30 second samples of all 10 tracks can be streamed from their site. According to Amazon the MP3 version of the EP will cost $6.99.
Check out the following link for details: The Garden EP on Amazon.com
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• posted by dangum on november 13th, 2012
New studio Ed Kowalczyk track "Solar Flare" released on YouTube
Ed Kowlaczyk has released the studio version of "Solar Flare" on his Facebook profile.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/edkowalczyk/posts/491250594230092
An MP3 (encoded from the video) can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?23ittjh22bnbd34
• posted by dangum on november 12th, 2012
Live back in York, PA studio
Live have returned to their York studio to continue work on their forthcoming album.
Sean Hennesy has posted a short 15 second video clip of Chris Shinn singing while Chad Taylor monintors in the next room.

The video can be found here:

A downloadable version of the video (and an mp3) can be found here:
Video: http://www.mediafire.com/?z1xy5m5gexlbfhq
MP3: http://www.mediafire.com/?j3sdsbde6vrq7i7
• posted by dangum on november 9th, 2012
Radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk on DC101
Ed was interviewed by Mike Jones on DC101 radio recently. The interview can be streamed from DC101's web site:
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on november 9th, 2012
New studio Ed Kowalczyk track "I'm the Proof" released on YouTube
Ed Kowlaczyk has released the studio version of "I'm the Proof" on his Facebook profile. Joining Ed on vocals in singer Eva Weel Skram from Eva & the Heartmaker.

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/edkowalczyk/posts/527001710645133
An MP3 (encoded from the video) can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?6ppd9amrj3ch4rh
• posted by dangum on november 5th, 2012
New studio Ed Kowalczyk track "The Garden" released on YouTube
Ed Kowlaczyk has posted a link to the studio version of "The Garden" on his Facebook profile. Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/edkowalczyk/posts/304147206365053
An MP3 (encoded from the video) can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?7vvaxngzg6h63z1
• posted by dangum on october 30th, 2012
Audience audio recording of Green Bay, WI Ed Kowalczyk show
An audience recording of Ed Kowalczyk's acoustic performance in Green Bay, WI from October 20, 2012 is available for download.
An unreleased track from Ed's forthcoming EP was performed.
For the full setlist, click on the "Comments" link in the above right corner.
FLAC files can be downloaded from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?lo29z9wghhdms

[Credit: thatsme]
• posted by dangum on october 22nd, 2012
Price drop on The Gracious Few concert CDs
In late 2010 a number of The Gracious Few concerts were recorded and made available for purchase. Recently, there has been a price drop on the double CD disc sets with most shows costing $10.
To place an order for these discs, visit the DiscLive Network's site at: http://www.disclivenetwork.com/detail.cfm?artistid=45
If you can't decide which show to purchase then check out some of the reviews made by Fans Of Live forum members here:
Upcoming shows professionally recorded!
• posted by dangum on october 22nd, 2012
The Garden EP date announced and Rise MP3 released
Ed Kowlaczyk has posted a link to the studio version of "Rise" on his Facebook profile.
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=454674141237602
An MP3 (encoded from the video) can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?juiisweomyhe69y
An MP4 (direct video download) can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?ba1lf7ib2z0yfzz

The release date for The Garden EP was also annouced. The EP will be available on iTunes, Amazon and EdKowalczyk.com from November 19, 2012.
A physical release will also be available in December.
• posted by dangum on october 19th, 2012
Radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk on 93 Rock
Ed was interviewed by Burnzy of Wisconsin radio station 93 Rock. The interview can be streamed from the 93 Rock web site:
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on october 16th, 2012
Radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk on Z92 Omaha
Ed was interviewed Omaha radio station Z92.
The interview can be streamed from the Z92 web site:
• posted by dangum on october 5th, 2012
Chad Taylor elaborates on his comments about Ed
Chad Taylor elaborates on his previous comments regarding Ed Kowalczyk and the lawsuit in a Facebook post. The post is reprinted below in full.

Chad Taylor
October 3 at 9:47am near Brownstown, PA
When Keith and Mick used to argue in the press, I loved seeing into how complex their relationship was. Ultimately, no matter how troubled it was, I saw that this dynamic fueled the fire to some of their best music. Since most of you have never been in a band, I find it hilarious to see how many you react when a little real controversy hits these pages. Yep, I didn't like every LIVE lyric just like Ed thought my guitar was out of tune or whatever? I'm not perfect nor is my take on music. Point is, we're human and everything is subjective. Bands are about COMPROMISE.
In my opinion, when I felt that Ed had stopped compromising, LIVE started going full retard and everyone knows, you never go full retard (that's a Tropic Thunder movie quote intended for a little comic relief - I think everyone knows I'm pretty friggin compassionate). Behind the scenes, I fought hard for my vision but was always willing to bend so that the dynamic of the band was in first position. It didn't always mean you got the best music but we tried hard to give you the best LIVE (this includes Ed's vision of LIVE btw).
I got super angry a few days ago after I saw yet another Ed poster where the LIVE logo was front and center. It's bullshit. Ed told management that Patrick, Chad and I should be walking on egg shells around him or he'd quit the band to pursue his solo career. I have this in writing. There's no hearsay. So, if we pushed Ed to compromise he'd quit AND quit he did.
Now he uses our logo to promote his solo career. What the fuck else should I do but be offended? I didn't kick his ass out of LIVE, he left to say that he'd never work with those individuals again. Then he wrote an open letter to the paper (hey he had my number) saying he wanted back in LIVE?
Behind the scenes Patric, Chad and I authored and signed a mutual release to get rid of the negativity of the law suit. Ed would not sign it! Heck, I respect the rock n roll craziness but that beats even Axl Rose (love you Axl, don't ever change). I'd been texting with Ed about how to find a way to get over this shit AND then another new show was announced with an even bigger LIVE logo. We'll fuck that. I texted Ed for the last time and told him that he had no right to be in LIVE as he showed no respect for the band itself. I'm actually in the band and wouldn't pull that shit. So there you have it. LIVE is C, C, C and P until those in the band say any fucking different. - CT out.

• posted by dangum on october 3rd, 2012
The Gracious Few album to be finished by March 2013
Kevin Martin post on the Fans of Live message board that he hopes to have the new The Gracious Few album finished by March 2013.
• posted by dangum on october 2nd, 2012
Chad Taylor mocks Ed Kowalczyk's lyrics in a Facebook post
Chad Taylor posted a message on Facebook mocking the lyrics written by Ed Kowalczyk during his time with Live. The Facebook post has since been removed but a copy of the comments are printed below:

"I just saw an old Ed lyric and had to laugh my ass off. "Does he run it deep enough for you?" Seriously? And this guy wants back in LIVE? I can hear it now..guys, here's one I wrote about water, "the dolphins make me cry" ...oh shit... That's Hootie!!"

[Credit: i_live_life]
• posted by dangum on october 1st, 2012
Samples from the Live recording studio
A couple of sample recordings from Live's time in their studio have been uploaded to Facebook.
The first video is a 11 second teaser posted by Chad Gracey:
The second video is entitled "Taylor Shreds" and was posted by Chris Shinn:
• posted by dangum on september 30th, 2012
LiveFanJournal.com: Who is Chris Shinn
LiveFanJournal.com has posted a comprehensive aritcle about Chris Shinn and the many projects he has been involved in throughout his career.
If you would like to know more about Live's new singer then a read of this blog is definitely recommended.
• posted by dangum on september 24th, 2012
Details about Ed Kowalczyk's "The Garden" EP
Ed has posted details about his forthcoming EP on Facebook.
Ed Kowalczyk
September 22 at 1:47pm

(Ed K) Hey all! just a quick update from the studio and beyond... the EP is now a "super EP" :-) 5 new songs + 5 additional remixes, featuring hawkman, karsh kale, elder jepson, juno reactor and more! sounding really really cool - can't wait for you all to hear it! also gearing up for my I Alone Acoustic Tour which heads out this fall - see you soon

• posted by dangum on september 22nd, 2012
Photos from the studio
Photos from Live's recording session in Nashville have been posted on the Fans of Live forum.
The entire band (Chris Shinn, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Sean Hennesy) were present during recording.
Kevin Martin (from The Gracious Few and Candlebox) was also there.
Photos are courtesy of Jimmy Lang and Bill Hynes. Thanks to forum member "OutToDry" for posting them.

Photos can be found here:

Live heading back to Nashville - Post 1
Live heading back to Nashville - Post 2
Live heading back to Nashville - Post 3
Live heading back to Nashville - Post 4
Live heading back to Nashville - Post 5

• posted by dangum on september 4th, 2012 (updated september 7)
Live to return to Nashville studio to complete album
Patrick Dahlheimer posted a messsage on Live's Facebook page stating that they will be returning to Nashville to finish the recording of their forthcoming album.

"Heading back to Nashville this week to finish what we started. Tracks are already majestic. Hold tight......PD"
• posted by dangum on august 28th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk addresses lawsuits and future of Live
An article has been posted at FlipsidePA.com where Ed responds to the lawsuits from Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Taylor and Chad Gracey as well as indicating that he is in favor of a Live reunion.

Ed Kowalczyk addresses lawsuits, future of Live
Posted: 08/27/2012 11:52:16 AM EDT

Ed Kowalczyk wants to get Live back together.

The former lead singer of the York-native rock band broke his silence about recent legal issues last week.

In an email statement sent through his lawyer John Rosenberg, Kowalczyk wrote: "Despite what has happened ... I remain willing to put it all behind us, and I would be excited to pursue a reunion with my bandmates, giving LIVE fans all over the world what they truly want."

In July, Action Front Unlimited, a corporation that owns trademarks for Live, filed a federal lawsuit against Kowalczyk. It alleges that Kowalczyk is misleading fans by branding himself "Ed Kowalczyk of Live."

The suit goes on to say that in late 2009, the three other band members Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Chad Taylor "elected to remove Kowalczyk from the band Live as a result of certain disagreements."

"I never left LIVE," Kowalczyk wrote in the email. "We all agreed to take a two year hiatus. But virtually immediately after we made that decision, lawyers representing Chad, Chad and Patrick began their legal attack on me."

In a separate lawsuit filed in May 2010 in New York, Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor allege Kowalczyk and the band's longtime manager, David Levin, violated terms of a contract. It also states Kowalczyk owes the other members of Live percentages of an advance and publishing income.

"As to the details of the legal proceedings, for now I will only say that both suits are baseless and totally without merit," Kowalczyk wrote via email.

In a text in July, Taylor wrote "the legal drama ... pales in comparison to the personal nature and disappointment of losing a childhood friend."

Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor formed Live with Kowalczyk in York during the late 1980s. The band went on to sell millions of albums and tour the globe.

In 2009, the band did announce a hiatus. But it soon looked permanent. Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor started a side project called The Gracious Few. In March, they took the stage as Live at York's Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center with a new lead singer - Chris Shinn.

Kowalczyk pursued his solo career. He returned to York to perform twice - once in 2009 and again in 2011. He is slated to play Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center Nov. 9. The show is billed "Ed Kowalczyk of Live." Kowalczyk and Levin filed an answer to the 2010 lawsuit. It stated that the suit was "motivated by jealous and animus ... on the eve of the release of Kowalczyk's solo album and just as he was about to embark on a tour in support of that album."

The tone of Kowalczyk's recent email is different: "I didn't start this unnecessary fight and it seems to me that there is already more than enough of this kind of negativity in the world," he wrote. "Let's get LIVE back together. I'm ready."

Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor declined to comment about Kowalczyk's email.

Their business partner Bill Hynes replied in an email message: "(Kowalczyk) has no desire to get the band back," he wrote. "The guys won't comment because they are moving forward with the lawsuits because they have exhausted all efforts with Ed."
• posted by dangum on august 27th, 2012
Numerous live concerts uploaded in Multimedia section
Numerous live concert recordings have been uploaded recently and are available in the Multimedia section of the Fans of Live forum. Many are soundboard or FM broadcasts and cover multiple tours (Mental Jewelry, Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi and V).
If you have any requests, feel free to post and if you have anything to share then please do so!
• posted by dangum on august 25th, 2012
Ed performs new track "Rise" at Uncasville show
Ed Kowalczyk performed unreleased track "Rise" expected to be on his forthcoming EP at the Wolf Den at Uncasville, CT earlier this week. Audience video of the performance can be viewed here:
• posted by dangum on july 25th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk sued for trademark infrigement by former bandmates
Ed Kowalczyk is being sued by by "Action Front United" for the unauthorised use of Live's trademark. Action Front United claims that Kowalczyk has being promoting himself as "Ed Kowalczyk of Live" or "Live's Ed Kowalczyk" causing confusion amongst the public.
Forum discussion on this topic can be found here:
Ed sued for trademark infringement
A PDF copy of the lawsuit can be found here:
• posted by dangum on july 18th, 2012
Ed performs new track "I'm the Proof" at Bospop festival
Ed Kowalczyk performed unreleased track "I'm the Proof" at the Bospop Festival in Holland.
Audience video of the performance can be viewed here:
• posted by dangum on july 10th, 2012
Ed close to releasing 5 track EP
Ed Kowalczyk is close to releasing a 5 track EP this summer with mixing complete and mastering of the album currently underway.
The EP will feature four original tracks as well as a cover of the 1973 John Lennon track "Mind Games"
• posted by dangum on june 16th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk shows announced for NY, CA and DC
Ed Kowalczyk will be performing on he following dates:

July 13, 2012 - Lockport, NY (Labatt Canal Concert Series) - Free show
July 28, 2012 - Paso Robles, CA (Mid State Fair) - 2 shows!
November 10, 2012 - Washington, DC (The Hamilton)

• posted by dangum on june 16th, 2012
Kevin Martin talks about Live, The Gracious Few and Ed Kowalczyk
Kevin Martin was interviewed on Rover Radio on May 16, 2012 and a video of the entire appearance is available on YouTube:
The interview covers a wide variety of topics, with Kevin discussing the situation with The Gracious Few (16 tracks have been recorded), Live and Ed Kowalczyk. Jump to the 22 minute mark of the video to hear about the above topics.
• posted by dangum on june 7th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk on tour
Ed Kowalczyk has announced a number of tour dates for the second half of the year over the past few weeks.
Below is a list of stops:

June 02, 2012 Temecula, CA - Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival (full band)
June 29, 2012 Charlotte, NC - NC Music Factory (full band)
June 30, 2012 Amaganset, NY - Stephen Talkhouse (acoustic)
July 06, 2012 Liège, Belgium - Les Ardentes Festival (full band)
July 07, 2012 Weert, Netherlands - Bospop Festival (full band)
July 19, 2012 Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino (FREE show) (full band)
July 20, 2012 Oswego, NY - Scriba Town Inn-Labatt Blue Summer Stage (full band)
July 21, 2012 Utica, NY - Blu (full band)
August 10, 2012 Three Forks, MT - Rockin' the Rivers (full band)
October 13, 2012 Jackpot, NV - Ameristar Casino (acoustic)
October 18, 2012 Dubuque, IA - Diamond Jo Casino (acoustic)
October 19, 2012 Council Bluffs, IA - Whiskey Roadhouse-Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino (acoustic)
November 02, 2012 Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center (acoustic)
November 04, 2012 Londonberry, NH - Tupelo Musical Hall (acoustic)
November 09, 2012 York, PA - The Pullo Center (acoustic)
November 11, 2012 Anapolis, MD - Rams Head on Stage (acoustic)

For the latest dates, keep an eye on Ed's Facebook tour page:
• posted by dangum on june 2nd, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk video interview from Singapore
Fresh from landing in Singapore for the very first time, Ed was interviewed by Adam for NotATourist.sg
The 8 minute video can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=px_BhWlvIwU
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on may 4th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk to relese EP soon and a new album in 2013
In an interview with Singapore's Time Out magazine, Ed reveals plans to release an EP in the Summer of 2012 along with plans for a full album in Spring of 2013.
The full interview can be found here: http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/music/feature/interview-ed-kowalczyk
• posted by dangum on april 20th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk shares sample of new track "I'm the Proof"
Ed has posted a 30 second sample from the studio of a new track called "I'm the Proof". A video of Ed listening to the track can be seen on his Facebook page.
A direct link to the video can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=369163459788671
• posted by dangum on april 14th, 2012
Preliminary artwork for Secret Samadhi album
Thanks to some investigative work by Fans of Live forum member "dancing queen", some preliminary artwork for the Secret Samadhi album has been discovered.
Six alternate covers for the album can be seen in this thread on the message board.
• posted by dangum on april 7th, 2012
New official Live website launched
It has been a busy week in Live land and there's even more ahead! Live's official site: Freaks4Live was has finally come online!
Be sure to check out the site and you'll be able to hear 4 re-recordings of tracks from Throwing Copper featuring Chris Shinn on vocals. The 4 tracks (Selling the Drama, Lightning Crashes, All Over You and I Alone) can also be downloaded from here:

The website also features a message board where you can communicate with other Live fans.
• posted by dangum on march 19th, 2012
Live performs surprise show at SXSW
Fans who attended the Candlebox / The Gracious Few concert at Antone's last night (SXSW) were suprised to find that Live was also on the bill.
Live played a short set which included a similar setlist to their debut show in York a week earlier:

The setlist was as follows:
1. The Dam at Otter Creek
2. All Over You
3. Lakini's Juice
4. Freaks
5. Selling the Drama
6. Lightning Crashes
7. The Dolphin's Cry
8. I Alone
9. White, Discussion

Videos, pics and in depth reviews can be found here: Forum: Special Guests +Live+ Antone's Austin TX, SxSW Festival
• posted by dangum on march 18th, 2012
Chris Shinn: New Live frontman
A new chapter in Live's story was revealed Monday night when Chris Shinn was announced to be Ed Kowalczyk's replacement as lead singer of Live.
In front of a sold out crowd at the Strand Theatre (York, PA) Live performed 11 tracks from Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi and The Distance to Here.

The setlist was as follows:
1. The Dam at Otter Creek
2. All Over You
3. Lakini's Juice
4. Freaks
5. Selling the Drama
6. Sparkle
7. Lightning Crashes
8. The Dolphin's Cry
9. I Alone
10. White, Discussion
11. T.B.D

Also performing with Live were Sean Hennesy (The Gracious Few, Candlebox) and Alexander Lefever.

For fan reviews and photos, check out the following links:

Forum: Live - Strand Theater 3/12/2012
York Daily Record: Live debuts new lead singer Chris Shinn, formerly of Unified Theory
YouTube: The Dam at Otter Creek (York, PA) 2012-03-12
Photo Gallery: ImagesByTodd.com - 120+ photos
• posted by dangum on march 13th, 2012
New Live singer to be revealed at York, PA concert
Ed Kowalczyk's replacement will finally be officially revealed this Monday when Live perform their first show since 2009 in York, PA. The following press release was posted on Live's Facebook page:

+LIVE+ return to York, PA for a sold-out private performance

March 6, 2012 (York, PA) – Think Loud Development, in association with Kinsley Construction & Mayor Kim Bracey present a private, invitation only event at the Strand Capital Theater on Monday, March 12. The evening will feature multi-platinum recording artists, +LIVE+ and Candlebox with fellow Pennsylvania natives Dana Alexander and Adam Taylor & The Rain Dogs in support.

“We’ve been busy writing new songs and rehearsing old material for a series of unannounced shows and a new album. York seemed like the perfect place to have our dress rehearsal”, muses bassist Patrick Dahlheimer.

“The guest list includes our local friends and family, and those who supported us throughout the ups and downs of our career. I’m excited to perform these songs in front of our hometown fans,” adds drummer Chad Gracey.

Formed in 1985 by drummer Chad Gracey, guitarist Chad Taylor and bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, +LIVE+ became one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands of the 90’s, having sold 20 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Mental Jewelry, 1994’s Throwing Copper, 1997’s Secret Samadhi and 1999’s Distance To Here. In 1996, +LIVE+ were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and heralded as “Artist of the Year”.

In 2008, +LIVE+ declared a hiatus sighting differences with vocalist Ed Kowalczyk. Gracey, Dahlheimer and Taylor formed The Gracious Few recording with Candlebox members, guitarist Sean Hennesy and vocalist Kevin Martin. The group toured throughout North America and Europe landing a top-ten single with their hit “Appetite” at rock radio.

On Monday night, a new vocalist will take over the reigns once held by Kowlaczyk.

“Life has a way of evolving into new and exciting chapters. This chapter begins with a new singer. What’s most important to us is that we return the band to top form while having fun playing music for our fans. +LIVE+ is a reflection of our human experience, and true to form there certainly have been some painful moments, yet nothing can overshadow the joy of bringing our fans together,” says Taylor.

The band members are quick to point out that they wish Kowalczyk well in his pursuit of a Contemporary Christian solo career and have not ruled out a reunion at some point in the future.

For the latest official information, sign up to Live's website at: http://www.freaks4live.com
• posted by dangum on march 6th, 2012
Radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk on Rock 105.3 (Canada)
Ed was interviewed by Poncho Parker on Canadian radio (Rock 105.3) yesterday.
A recording of the interview can be found at the following links:
• posted by dangum on january 21st, 2012
Ed to tour Belgium and Holland in summer 2012
Ed has revealed plans to visit Europe. When asked on Facebook whether he will be touring Europe, Ed replied that he will be in Belgium and Holland in the summer of 2012.
Ed's post can be read here:
• posted by dangum on january 21st, 2012
Live members to redevelop block in Reading, PA
Live band members buy York property, plan millions in renovations

Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 01/18/2012 08:19:52 PM EST

Former members of the rock band Live toured the world, but never filled a venue like this.

It is an enormous empty hulk of a building, majestic brick on the outside, decrepit and moldering on the inside.

Three bandmates who were part of Live want to fill it - not with fans, but with a high-tech business, more than 140 modern residential units and a peaceful, family-friendly courtyard. And the fact that it is in the heart of Reading only strengthens their sense of mission.

York connections

Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey are, as Taylor put it, "sons of Pennsylvania."

They formed their first band in Gracey's garage in York, perhaps 50 miles from the 110-year-old building at 801 N. Ninth St. in Reading. They like the idea of boosting an impoverished city in their home state with a successful business venture.

Their Lancaster-based company, Think Loud Development, also purchased a 47,000-square-foot building in York in December.

The structure, at 210-236 York St., is a former factory that has one tenant lined up, a high-tech company whose name is not being disclosed. The purchase price in York was $164,000, said Bill Hynes, a Northampton County-based real estate developer. The cost of preparing the building for occupancy by the high-tech company will be about $10 million, he said, with $4 million likely to come from Think Spot and $6 million from the tenant.

Taylor said the pursuit of rock music success and business success are similar.

"Both practices take discipline and hard work and tons and tons of energy, with a little bit of luck," he said.

Taylor, Dahlheimer and Gracey, along with Ed Kowalczyk, formed the rock band Live in York, where all four grew up. They soared to fame in the 1990s, with a string of platinum albums and world tours. Their hits included "Lightning Crashes" and "I Alone."

Then, in August 2009 - after nearly a quarter century of making music - the band announced a hiatus. In the fall of that year, band members communicated with fans through their personal websites and social media sites that the hiatus could be permanent.

Kowalczyk pursued a solo career. Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer started the band The Gracious Few with Candlebox members Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy.

During a May 2010 interview, Martin and Hennesy said they moved from the West Coast to live with Taylor in Lancaster. Gracey moved in with Dahlheimer, who lives in York County. The said they rehearsed in a York studio they dubbed "The Spot." The band released a self-titled debut Sept. 14. on the its label Questionable Entertainment.

Taylor was involved in the Lancaster-based company Aurora Creative Group, which produced radio and TV commercials, web sites, digital communications, publishing, TV programs and feature films.

Reading development

The downtrodden structure in Reading at the heart of Taylor, Dahlheimer and Gracey's latest business venture is Reading Outlet Center Building No. 1. The three band members teamed up with Hynes and purchased the building a few months ago for $1 million.

Working through their Lancaster-based company, Think Loud Development, they said they plan to spend more than $36 million to make the project happen.

A crucial, formative piece was securing a major corporate tenant. Hynes said Think Loud, formerly known as Think Spot Development, has signed an agreement with the undisclosed high-tech company that will occupy at least 50,000 square feet of the 320,000-square-foot structure.

Hynes said a confidentiality agreement prohibited Think Loud from revealing the identity of the company. It will be disclosed in the next few months, he said.

Taylor said Live's prominence has brought band members into contact with high-profile people such as Ellen DeGeneres and David Letterman, and with companies such as Google, Microsoft and Andretti Autosport.

"The band Live has a lot of connections," he said.

The band often defers to Taylor, the guitarist, as their "numbers guy" in business dealings, according to Hynes. He said Taylor has a gift for approaching people and making things happen.

Taylor is chairman of Think Loud. His ability to call a company and say, "Hey, will you take a look at this?" has opened doors for Think Loud, according to Hynes.

The rundown interior of the massive structure at 801 N. Ninth St. belies a rich history.

When the band members walked through it in December, windowless openings gaped from the upper floors of the five-story facade. Aging wood floors were holed and scattered with broken glass.

An old, graffiti-marred sign outside showed names such as Eddie Bauer and Bugle Boy and Florsheim. Aside from that, there was little evidence that 30 or 40 years ago, Building No. 1 was a major part of an outlet complex that drew thousands of shoppers to Reading.

"The buses came to Reading in droves," said Berks County historian George M. Meiser IX. "It looked like the World's Fair, with people walking up and down the street. It was unbelievable."

Hosting outlet stores was the second incarnation of 801 N. Ninth St. The first was its original use, as a factory making seamless hosiery.

The structure retains an appearance of factorylike sturdiness, with massive wood beams and high ceilings.

For Dahlheimer, it has visual appeal.

"Once we started to tour the world, architecture started to grab my attention," Dahlheimer said.

Bringing it together

Hynes, 39, said he has multiple business interests, including ownership of BKS Technologies of Nazareth, a maker of mobile phone applications. BKS made an app for The Gracious Few.

He met the band members when a mutual friend suggested they do business together.

The link to Building No. 1 came, Hynes said, when an email from Alan W. Shuman, the building's previous owner, arrived while Hynes was having a conversation with Gracey.

The Live drummer took the idea of transforming Building No. 1 to Dahlheimer and Taylor.

"They thought it was a great idea," Gracey said.

Think Loud's interest in the project grew through the latter half of 2011. In late September, when The New York Times published a story that told how Reading had more residents living in poverty than any other mid- to large-sized city in the country, the band members' desire to go forward only increased.

"We are humble Pennsylvanians," Taylor said. "We figured out a way to work through adversity when we were young."

In Reading, Hynes said, Think Loud has occupancy commitments from the high-tech company, a Laundromat and a fresh-food market operator. Their plan also calls for a parking garage.

The residential units, the Think Loud principals said, will be of various sizes, including three-bedroom units. They have retained Shillington architect David M. Kleckner to design the complex.

Kleckner renovated a former silk mill building in Shillington into the office he now occupies.

Taylor has faith that the outcome of the project will be worthy of attention.

"Live will bring The New York Times here," Taylor said. "I will call them myself."

[Credit: Aitkens]
• posted by dangum on january 18th, 2012
The Gracious Few add SXSW (Austin, TX) tour date
The Gracious Few will be performing in Austin, TX on March 17 2012 as part of the SXSW festival.

March 17th, 2012 Austin, TX - Antone's

"LIVE fans, Chad, Patrick and Chad will be performing at SxSW on March 17th as part of Microsoft's Big App on Campus party. The show at Antones is free to the public and anyone who's ever been to SxSW knows anything could and will happen. The Gracious Few, Candlebox and some special guests will be joining the boys for one amazing night of music. See you there and remember to keep music weird."

Chad Taylor Posted the following on his personal Facebook page:

"I'd like to invite all of my friends on here to a great night of music at this years SxSW. The party on March 17 will be hosted by Microsoft's Big App on Campus and it's free to the public. Chad, Patrick and I will be performing as THE GRACIOUS FEW. We'll be joined by CANDLEBOX and maybe some special guests we find roaming the streets at the festival."

There are numerous rumors on who the special guests will be. Keep up to date with the latest information by following these threads on the FansOfLive message board:

LIVE Concert Announcement, New Facebook Posting
Live and The Gracious Few show?
Antone's Austin Texas 3/17/2012, SxSw Show

[Credit: Aitkens / Good Pain / OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on january 17th, 2012
Ed adds Manilla, Philippines tour date
After having his show recheduled twice in the past few months, it seems that it's going to be 3rd time lucky for Ed Kowalczyk's tour of the Philippines.
Ed will be performing at the "Smart Araneta Coliseum" on the 28th of April 2012. Supporting Ed will be band "Vertical Horizon".
For ticketing and the latest information, please visit the Ed Kowalzyk Philippines Facebook site:

• posted by dangum on january 15th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk adds a few Minnesota dates
Pollstar is reporting a string of Ed Kowalczyk tour dates in the state of Minnesota. According to Pollstar, Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna will also be appearing on the bill for select dates. These dates are currently unconfirmed:

March 08, 2012, Tower, MN Fortune Bay Resort Casino
March 09, 2012, Tower, MN Fortune Bay Resort Casino
March 10, 2012, Walker, MN Northern Lights Casino
March 11, 2012, Tower, MN Fortune Bay Resort Casino


• posted by dangum on january 12th, 2012 (updated january 17)
Chad Taylor joins band "Prospect Hill" on stage
During a recent visit to New Hampshire, Chad Taylor joined band "Prospect Hill" on stage to perform the classic Live track "White, Discussion".
Fortunately footage of the perofmance was captured and the entire song can be viewed on the YouTube link below:

[Credit: zmanpga]
• posted by dangum on january 10th, 2012
Ed Kowalczyk working with producer Drew Money
Producer Drew Money tweeted that he has been working on tracks with Ed Kowlaczyk for his forthcoming solo album.

ItsDrewMoney:"Wow knocked out some tunes with @EDDIEKLIVE ...#noautotuneneeded"

When asked whether the tracks were to appear on Ed's upcoming album, Drew replied:

ItsDrewMoney:@sjn1279 yeah I think so!

• posted by dangum on january 5th, 2012
Uncasville, CT (2012) Ed Kowalczyk tour date added
Pollstar has announced a summer 2012 date for Ed Kowalczyk. Ed will be performing in Uncasville, CT on the following date:

July 19, 2012 - Uncasville, CT. (Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun)

Date has yet to be officially confirmed, but keep an eye on the following sites for the latest details:
• posted by dangum on december 29th, 2011
Live release old Live song with new singer
Live have updated their Facebook page with a recent rehearsal recording of a Live classic with their new vocalist.
Click on the links below to listen to "All Over You" on Live's Facebook or if you'd prefer an MP3 then a link to download it is also provided.


[Credit: photogra]
• posted by dangum on december 22nd, 2011
Ed announces 6 date Canadian tour for 2012
Ed Kowalczyk has announced a 6 date tour of Canada for February 2012. Ed will be performing with his band on the following dates:

Febryary 09, 2012 - Better Than Freds Grande Prairie, AB
February 10, 2012 - Edmonton Event Centre Edmonton, AB
February 11, 2012 - The Kooler Lloydminster, AB
February 13, 2012 - Esplanade Medicine Hat, MB
February 14, 2012 - Odeon Event Centre Saskatoon, SK
February 15, 2012 - Cowboys Winnipeg, MB

Ticketing information will be made available in the new year.

[Credit: Hoodstock]
• posted by dangum on december 22nd, 2011
Radio interview with Ed on The Backstage Beat
As part of the promotion for Ed Kowalczyk's New Year's Eve show in Atlanta, Ed was interviewed by Ange Alex of The Backstage Beat.
The interview can be streamed from The Backstage Beat site:
or you can download an MP3 from here:
• posted by dangum on december 18th, 2011
Follow FansOfLive on Twitter
Fans Of Live is now on Twitter! Follow @FansOfLive and keep up to date on any new bits of Live, The Gracious Few, Ed Kowalczyk and Adam Kowalczyk information that surfaces.
Any time a new tour date is announced, a bootleg recording is made available or an interesting topic is started in the forums then I'll tweet the info and post a link.
Check it out here: www.twitter.com/FansOfLive
• posted by dangum on december 15th, 2011
Edmonton, Canada (2012) Ed Kowalczyk tour date added
A new tour date for Ed has been announced. Ed will be performing in Canada on the following date:

February 10, 2012 - Edmonton (Alberta) Canada. (Edmonton Event Centre)

Ticket cost ranges between CA $28 - CA $45. This is a 18+ show and tickets are available from: Ticketmaster
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on december 15th, 2011
Ed Kowalczyk to tour with Jars Of Clay in 2012
In an interview with Lancaster Online, Jars of Clay revealed that they will be touring with Ed Kowalczyk in early 2012. No tour dates have been announced as of yet, but keep an eye on Fans Of Live for any updated info. A copy of the article can be read
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on december 14th, 2011
Miami, FL (2012) Ed Kowalczyk tour date added
A new tour date for Ed has been announced. Ed will be performing a solo acoustic set on the following date:

January 1, 2012 - Miami, Florida (Ricochet Bar)

Tickets cost $25. This is a 21+ show and tickets are available from: ricochet.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=71023&cart
• posted by dangum on december 8th, 2011
Think Loud With Live weekly radio broadcast
A website promoting Chad Taylor's, Patrick Dahlheimer's and Chad Gracey's radio show has been unveiled at thinkloudwithlive.com

Think Loud With Live is a weekly radio show where the aforementioned Live members interview the biggest alternative bands from the 90's.

"What happens when you take multi-platinum recording artists backstage to interview other internationally known rock bands and artists? Think Loud With Live! With just one episode you’ll hear why Think Loud With Live is the hottest syndicated rock show in the World as members of the band Live hang out backstage with a different artist or band each week, interviewing the biggest names in rock as they share compelling true stories of touring during the Alternative rock movement in the 90’s and tell us where the music scene is heading as they turn us on to new emerging artists and bands. Nobody listens to more music than musicians on the road and now fans can get turned on to new music each week as our superstar guests share their iPods on Think Loud with Live.

Each week its musician on musician, bringing out the emotion and backstage stories you’ll never hear from any other source. Unless you’ve actually lived the life, you’ll never understand or relate to fellow musicians, that’s why Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey from the band Live pull off the most compelling interviews you’ve ever heard from the rock stars that changed the way we listen to music.

Every week for 2-hours you’ll be given a backstage pass to experience another sound check interview with the biggest names in rock and hear them open up with never before heard stories that will blow your mind! Within the first few minutes you’ll understand why Think Loud with Live is the only syndicated radio show that dares to gives listeners what they want, uncensored insight and raw emotion from the biggest names from the 90’s Alternative rock movement, one-of-a-kind fan interaction and we’ll drop the needle on the best new rock suggested by our weekly guests.

Now you can give your listeners and clients the only syndicated rock show that features rock stars interviewing rock stars and open your ears to the future of rock music each week on Think Loud with Live!"

[Credit: OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on december 7th, 2011
Chad Taylor urges fans to be patient
Chad Taylor posted the following message on his Facebook account today:

"I'm a bit frustrated by the need for instant gratification when it comes to music. I feel at times like the fans would prefer a fast food menu rather than a five-star meal from scratch. Conversely, I strive to not over think or overproduce my efforts (it's a delicate balance). The information and interactivity of social media can often times get ahead of an artists actual ability to produce new, relevant material. Somehow, the actual time and energy it takes to write a song, record an album or tour the globe is lost in the convenience of instant communication. So sure, I'm always excited to share with you the various projects and artistic endeavors I am working on. This doesn't mean that they're ready for public consumption.

Just like in a five-star restaurant, it's best to start with drinks and appetizers. You can't simply walk in and sit down, expecting the main course to be delivered. I am hopeful that you will remain patient and faithful as it's going to take some time to realize the vision I have for this sonic repast. - CT"

Source - http://www.facebook.com/theycallmechuck/posts/277185658983871
[Credit: MrSheptical]
• posted by dangum on november 17th, 2011
Bid on an autographed guitar delievered personally by Live
As part of an auction being run by 105.7 The X, Live are offering a signed guitar that the band will personally deliver to you.
All proceeds of the auction will benefit Children's Miracle Network.
To place a bid, visit: www.onlineauction.com/index.php?page=auction%3Aview_item&auction_id=1461000.
More information can also be found on Live's Facebook page.
[Credit: Hoodstock]
• posted by dangum on november 17th, 2011
Unconfirmed vocalist featured on Live track
An audio recording of "Selling the Drama" has been posted to Live's Facebook page.
A direct link to the audio can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=128265377282753
It is unclear who the vocalist is and there is much speculation and debate. Have a listen and let us know what you think.
[Credit: SecretInsomnia]
• posted by dangum on november 15th, 2011
Mount Pocono, PA (2012) Ed Kowalczyk tour date added
Ed Kowalczyk will be performing at Gypsies in the Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, PA on Saturday February 18, 2012.
Tickets start at 25 dollars and are on sale now at this link:
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on november 14th, 2011
San Diego (2012) Ed solo tour date added
Ed Kowalcyk will performing at Sycuan Casino in San Diego, CA on Saturday January 7, 2012.
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased from: sycuan.ticketsunplugged.com/event_details.php?show_id=791
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on october 29th, 2011
Live in recording studio
Chad Taylor has posted a couple of messages on his Facebook account from the recording studio where Live are recording tracks for their upcoming album.

Chad Taylor: "Drums and bass sound incredible. Can't wait to start laying down some guitar."
Chad Taylor: "It's 2:46 am and I'm just about to shut down. Long day but so much great rock n' roll. I can feel this band coming back together. Can't wait to share. - CT"

[Credit: OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on october 6th, 2011
Ed performing NYE show in Atlanta, GA
Ed Kowalczyk posted the following message on his Facebook account

"(Ed K.) Atlanta! I'll be performing and ringing in 2012 with you this year at Downtown Countdown, see you 12/31/11 :-)"

Ed will be performing at the Downtown Countdown 2011 in Atlanta on New Years Eve. He will be on stage from 10:15-11:45 right before the midnight countdown to the ball drop. He will be followed by Naughty By Nature who will take the stage at 12am.

December 31st, 2011 Atlanta, GA (Downtown Countdown - Hyatt Regency)

[Credit: Hoodstock]
• posted by dangum on october 4th, 2011
Ed to perform in Raleigh (NC) and Washington (DC) in October
Ed will be performing two concerts with his band on Octotber 8 and 9.

October 8th, 2011 Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Amphitheater) - Order tickets
October 9th, 2011 Washington, DC (Taste of DC) - Order tickets

See Ed's tour page for the latest tour information: http://edkowalczyk.com/tour-dates
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on september 28th, 2011
Ed interview + performance on 95 WIIL Rock
Ed Kowalczyk made an appearance on radio station 95 WIIL Rock (95.1 - Kenosha, Winsconsin) earlier this week. A brief interview along with a solo acoustic performance of I Alone, Stand and Lightning Crashes can be viewed on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd-AIFfO91A - Interview + I Alone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taeSMNt4Wr0 - Lightning Crashes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrFRdqU2eNc - Interview + Stand
• posted by dangum on september 1st, 2011
Chad Taylor reveals what's in store for Live and TGF
In Chad Taylor's latest blog post for The Comet, he talks about the future of Live and The Gracious Few as well as some of the cool stuff that is heading our way. A copy of Chad's blog post is reproduced below:

Exclusive Blog: Chad Taylor on LIVE, The Gracious Few, and Fearless Creativity

Chad Taylor, founding member of Live and The Gracious Few, blogs about Live's 8th studio album, the future of The Gracious Few, a new syndicated radio show and his record label. Most importantly, he says, "I'm not going to let anyone dictate the terms of my creativity." I was in a rhythm writing frequently but so many exciting things started happening that I was having a hard time getting to the blog. I'm back and I have a ton to share with you.

My great friend Dennis Rodman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. I think I cried more than D when he was giving his speech. D is a character like no other but the guy has the warmest heart and is so passionate about music. I would watch him play basketball and I would want to equal his energy on stage. I would go all out, just like he did. I just had a better haircut (I'm laughing). t was great to see someone who worked as hard as he did get the recognition he deserved.

I spoke to Dennis that morning and I could tell he was going to be emotional and honestly, I wanted the world to see the guy I know - and I think they did.

Just like D, I too often wear my heart on my sleeve. I talk too loud, laugh too much and even find myself crying at the smallest things. I'm like a big raw open spectacle. I've got a tough temper too. I would sooner punch you than debate. All of these things have gotten me into trouble throughout my life but they've also fueled my songwriting and performance. I wonder how I would have ever survived a normal day job?

I've worked hard to find some balance and at times find it but I live on the edge. I feel like the fans of LIVE and The Gracious Few have afforded me this incredibly rich life and I owe it to them to take my own emotions to the limits.

It's not all fun. There has been serious fallout in my life because of this irrational love for playing music.

It's what I love and it's what I'll do for the rest of my days. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret a fucking thing. I love our fans and I've really dedicated my life to you.

So LIVE are beginning to work again. We dusted off a few of the old tunes only a few weeks ago and man it felt great. The raw energy of The Gracious Few helped bring a much needed new spark to the tunes. I've got to be honest, I didn't know how I would feel about playing those songs but in the end, the chemistry is so strong, things just fell into place.

I've got to admit I was shocked at the power of our music after such a long break. LIVE fans are going to be amazed at what we roll out and that's no bullshit. This is the real "White Discussion" bombast that we've all wanted to return.. Yeah, enough talk, I'll let the music speak for itself.

LIVE launched its new fan community called www.freaks4live.com. We're giving away a previously unreleased LIVE track for anyone who drops in and registers his or her email address. For those who promote on social media, we're giving away some pretty amazing prizes. Maybe my mom will cook you dinner?

We've also recorded our pilot for THINK LOUD with LIVE, a syndicated radio show that will showcase many of our peers from the 90s. The pilot features Peter Klett and Kevin Martin of Candlebox fame. There will also be several previous unreleased LIVE tracks played throughout the pilot! The show just has tons of killer music and we'll be recording shows from all over the world. This is certainly a really exciting look into LIVE music from a brand new perspective. I said I was loud.ha.

Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy are playing shows with Candlebox, so The Gracious Few are on hold for a bit. We're talking about recording some new material before the years end. We're even going to release some things through social media in the next few weeks. I'm sure I'll post more here on the blog. I miss these boys so much and I can't wait to see them in the fall. Everything has a season.

Questionable Entertainment, the record label founded by Chad Gracey, Kevin Martin, Patrick Dahlheimer and I is going strong. We're just about to sign our next artist but I can't say who just yet. Anyone who might what to invest and come into the inner circle can contact brian.smith@questionableentertainment.com This really is a chance to help discover authentic musicians and songwriters. We're just so excited to be able to give back and share our experience with other artists.

We've got a few other big announcements but the guys might kill me if I drop it too soon.

On a deeply personal front (just got to get this off my chest) - I'm not going to let anyone dictate the terms of my creativity! Music is my great freedom and from it I truly derive a great understanding of my higher self. No person should ever think they can take that away from me. For that, I would throw any balance or safety to the side. If you want what was, then buy the old records and have at it. I'm moving down the line in a fucking rocket ship fueled by LIVE, The Gracious Few or who knows what else.

Hopefully, you'll be right there with me. but don't think I'm going to look for your approval - that just wouldn't be very rock n' roll of me.

On a closing note - the music community lost out over the last two weeks with the Sugarland stage collapse and now the tragedy Pukkelpop. My prayers go out to the friends and families of those music lovers. It's a pointed reminder to live each day like it's our last.. might be time to pick up that old guitar.


[Credit: Aitkens]
• posted by dangum on august 24th, 2011
New studio The Gracious Few track available for download
A brand new studio track from The Gracious Few was made avaialable last night to all fans. To receive your free MP3, simply visit the following address, submit your email address and a link to "Great Houses" will be sent to you:

Chad Taylor had this to say about the song:

At Some level, I've always been a blues guitarist. I wrote the riff to "Great Houses" stoned on the music of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. The great thing about The Gracious Few is that our band can fully embrace the dark underbelly of a song like this. Dana Colley, saxophonist for the incredible group Morphine added his soulful baritone and the recording went to another level. Kevin Martin and I shared a few emails about the turmoil in Haiti following the earthquake and how the problem seemed so looming. We wanted to help but didn't know how. In my reading, I stumbled onto a story of Haitian folklore and sent it Kevin. Somehow, he birthed these mystical lyrics mirroring the theme in the story and the sorrow we felt for the people of Haiti. - Chad Taylor

The track is self produced, recorded at SPOT, engineered by Patrick Dahlheimer & mixed by Karl Derfler (Tom Waits)

Kevin Martin - Vocals
Chad Taylor - Guitar
Patrick Dahlheimer - Bass
Chad Gracey - Drums
Sean Hennesy - Slide Guitar
Dana Colley - Baritone Saxophone

The dowload is free and we encorage you to share the link with anyone who might enjoy The Gracious Few!

[Credit: MrSheptical and rodrigolll2]
• posted by dangum on august 23rd, 2011
Live Intimate and Interactive (1997) DVD ready for download
Courtesy of Fans of Live forum member ridley, a DVD of Live's performance at Much Music's Intimate & Interactive is now available for download. The DVD contains the full pro-shot performance from the 4th of November, 1997.
Instuctions on how to download the DVD can be found in the link below:
[DVD] Live - Intimate & Interactive 1997, Newly surfaced superior source, VHS rip
[Credit: ridley]
• posted by dangum on august 22nd, 2011
Backstage video interview with Ed Kowalczyk (Las Vegas)
After a recent show in Las Vagas (Boulder Station / 13th August 2011) Ed was interviewed by Brian Shapiro.
Topics include the success of Throwing Copper, the story behind Lightning Crashes, Secret Samadhi, The Distance to Here, Alive, the relationship between Ed and the members of Live, previous visits to Las Vegas and finally whether he will ever re-unite with Live.
The interview can be viewed at the following link http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2011/08/16/backstage-wbrian-shaprio-ed-kowalczyk/ - some people have experienced issues streaming the video so a downloadable version can be obtained from here: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?nesfdcfgbqv1qrq
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on august 16th, 2011
Kade Nation interviews Ed Kowalczyk (video)
Ed was recently interviewed by Arthur Kade. Topics that are discussed include Ed's new band, Throwing Copper, Ed's solo album, fans, bands that influenced him, current state of music, the meaning behind Lightning Crashes, being mistaken for Andre Agassi as well as what's in store for Ed's next album.
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on august 15th, 2011
Live launch new web official website for 8th studio album
A new Live website has been launched by the remaining members of Live.
The site is currently under construction but can be viewed here: http://www.freaks4live.com

The following message was posted on Facebook.

Freaks4Live is launching right now!
+LIVE+ are proud to announce the launch of our new official headquarters http://www.freaks4live.com
+LIVE+ are preparing to enter the studio to write and record their 8th studio album. F4L will be the epicenter of breaking news, advance ticket offerings, band photos and most important new music. Be the first in line for the launch and join now!
Freaks4Live was named by Kevin DeBauch through a community contest on the bands Facebook sight. Kevin is one lucky guy as he won (2) lifetime passes to any +LIVE+ show worldwide!
But the fun doesn't end here. +LIVE+ will be awarding exclusive prizes to those members who join F4L and promote & capture the most sign ups! Some early prize ideas include: an exclusive tour of the studio while the band are recording; dinner with the band and their mothers; a personally guided tour of York, PA including their childhood homes and the garage where it all began; exclusive F4L T-shirts -- oh, and an exclusive preview party of the bands new album....and we're just getting started. So how many friends and family members can you get to join you at F4L? Don't forget to use your unique URL code on all of your emails and social media posts.
This information will be provided once you sign up and you can check in on your status.

• posted by dangum on august 2nd, 2011
Radio interview with Ed on 107.5 Las Vegas
Ed was recently interviewed on X107.5 Las Vegas. Ed answers questions about the breakup of Live as well discussing an upcoming concert in Las Vegas.
The interview can be streamed from www.x1075lasvegas.radio.com/2011/07/26/interview-former-live-singer-ed-kowalczky/ or you can download an MP3 from the following link: www.mediafire.com/?ld1e25i6i565s12

• posted by dangum on july 28th, 2011
Live to reform without Ed Kowalczyk
Chad Taylor posted a message on behalf of the band where he discusses Live's past and reveals important information on thier future.

Thank You
by LIVE on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9:29am

First and foremost, I would like to thank the many of you who took the time to compliment the band and I for our devotion to creating music. We often deflect these comments trying to seem humble or gracious but we do care and we do work hard to be good at our craft. It feels great to have recognition from all over the globe for our efforts. Thank you.

Patrick, Chad and I spoke earlier today about the general good vibes following yesterday’s Facebook posts. We can feel the +LIVE+ community coming together although there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to grow even further. Chad, Patrick and I have made a commitment to resume working on +LIVE+. This means we will be launching creative projects that will take a great deal of energy and time to develop. We would like your support and patients in our efforts. We would like your contributions and thoughts too! Please see that there is no set path to follow to reach our goal. As with all creative processes, we must be willing to journey to all ends to reach our desired vision (insert rock n’ roll mayhem).

With our MCA/ Universal contract long behind us, +LIVE+ are permitted to rerecord any song under our considerable catalog. Yes, this would include rare gems such as “Hold Me Up.” This means that +LIVE+ would control the master rights, meaning we could finally set a release schedule without consideration from a major label. There is a ton of demand for these recordings, so we’ll be back in the studio by late August to track these. This also means we could come up with some pretty amazing packages for the fans that weren’t previously possible and/or available.

Most important, we’ll have to go through a process of learning and connecting with the early feel of what made a Live song sound like +LIVE+. As musicians, there are many sides to our characters and through the years we’ve had an opportunity to explore them. Some elements were hugely successful and some just fell flat. It was the +LIVE+ community that allowed us the creative freedom to stray from the successful formulas of Mental Jewelry or Throwing Copper. Secret Samadhi was a deeply personal and creative indulgence. The world embraced the band who delivered “Lightning Crashes” yet we returned with “Lakini’s Juice” and “Freaks”! Maybe we were drunk on our own success but there was absolute creative freedom in that moment. We could have cared less about commercial validation. We wanted to take our community on a ride through the conscious mind and into the subconscious. It’s a great example of how diverse one group of musicians can be.

+LIVE+ at its best operated without pretense. There were no discussions about what had worked or what didn’t. This attitude encompassed all elements of the band; for example, how we dressed or presented ourselves. It was always changing and evolving without consideration for those who had to drum up marketing plans and promotional efforts. We were a nightmare for anyone who wanted to put us in a box and sell widgets. I was skinny then I got fat then skinny again. Ed had hair then he shaved his head; was he a Hare Krishna with that pony tail “thing”? Trust me, we heard it all.

The thing that made +LIVE+ so willing to just simply float into the creative was this very community. You seemed so excited and enthused every time we journeyed to new ground. You added fuel to a fire that was already burning bright and the band found new dynamics within itself and its music. We were not alone in that space. You were there to bear witness.

Despite the record company’s attempts to change the title of “Lakini’s Juice” and “Secret Samadhi” you gave us the faith to tell them to fuck off! We said that +LIVE+ fans don’t want a safety net, they don’t want “Throwing Copper part II” they want a revolution and we’re going to deliver it! I wish you could have seen their faces when “Lakini’s Juice” went straight to #1 on the Modern Rock Charts. To make things even better, “Secret Samadhi” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Charts. To be clear, +LIVE+ didn’t do that, YOU DID!

Our sense of internal confidence was at an all-time high. We felt incredibly rewarded as artists. We knew we had built a fan base like no other band at the time. A +LIVE+ fan was about something bigger than just music. You are smart; you are brave; you are compassionate; you are willing to address your own limitations; you are revolutionaries. The only bands I know who could have said the same thing came in the shape of Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Perfect Circle or Nine Inch Nails. Their core fan bases seem to also propel them into new uncharted waters. +LIVE+ was so lucky to have your support.

At some point following The Distance To Here, our industry began to collapse. The MP3 was the new media and radio had gone from supporting independent artists to a consolidated commercial industry. The once daring, were forced to submit to corporate policies or move out of the format. MTV stopped airing 120 Minutes and went into programming reality television. It turns out that revolutionaries like +LIVE+ fans are too hard to predict so the billions of dollars spent in entertainment marketing were focused on pre-teens. Enter the era of Britney, Avril, Miley, Pink, Bieber, etc. To those marketers credit, it worked very well but we all know this doesn’t have much to do with music and most certainly had nothing to do with +LIVE+.

There was no Facebook or Twitter and no way to connect on a personal level. Some of the disconnect took the air out of our sails. We were also disconnecting as a group of men. I began to focus on being a father and the rest of the guys were just beginning to get married or divorced. The once childlike creative environment around us began to change. The band experienced its first commercial failure with “V”. I won’t go into details as I’ve written about that in the past. The end result was a band searching to find itself without the support of its label, management or fans. Don’t get me wrong, there were millions of +LIVE+ fans but our direct connection to you was limited. The very thing that made +LIVE+ so incredibly willing to be creative and free was the very thing pulling us apart. We all agreed to disagree on the next vision of +LIVE+ and soon it fell apart.

The +LIVE+ that you find today is once again connected with its community. It was simple to find our ground. We had to start back at the beginning. We had to “let it go” to get it back together. Who knew those words from “Operation Spirit” would be the foundation of our rediscovery and rebirth?

On day one, we had to struggle to find our way back into playing +LIVE+. Patrick and I spent a day just listening to Mental Jewelry. We laughed our way through trying to recall how and what we played when we were 18 year olds. Each verse and each chorus were exactly the same chords. We just got louder for the chorus; think “Louie Louie” or “Wild Thing.” We gave so much room for those incredible lyrics Ed was bringing to the table. Everything was inspired by our reading of Krishnamurti and our youthful take of questioning what was. I suddenly felt inspired to write and play those types of songs and the vault of my +LIVE+ demos grew by leaps and bounds. Next up was “Throwing Copper” and more than ever we began being inspired by ourselves. When we finally put on our instruments we had to carefully consider how we performed the songs when they were recorded. I heard parts I hadn’t played in years. The years of touring and adaptation were stripped away and we had a more raw version of where we left off. We recorded the session and listened back. Everyone was moved to do more and we soon realized that the old spirit of +LIVE+ was back; odd that we employed the formulas from Mental Jewelry and Throwing Copper to find our footing. It sounded fucking amazing!

We invited a longtime friend into the fold. He is a vocalist who is a friend of the +LIVE+ community who was sensitive to our emotions surrounding these songs. I asked myself how it would feel to even perform these songs without Ed. I for one was more hesitant than any fan. I had worked arm in arm with Ed for so many years, I couldn’t imagine that it would feel okay without him. I knew I couldn’t let my filters into the room. I had to be open to the experience. Surprisingly, I was paying little attention to the vocals as I was working hard to recall how to play my own parts. Gracey and Dahlheimer were doing the same. At some point, I began to sing background vocals and I realized, it felt exactly the same. The music was rising above the individuals and it sounded and felt youthful and strong. It is +LIVE+.

I asked Matt Gracey to drop in to rehearsals. Matt’s a no bullshit kind of guy who would speak the truth no matter if it hurt. When I saw his subtle head shake at the back of the room, I knew the band was being reborn. The +LIVE+ I fell in love with was blasting through the walls filling the air of York, PA with the music it helped to birth. Just like the garage on Newberry Street, there would be very few witnesses, there would be no autographs or fan photos but I knew we were back.

I’ve learned over the last few years that the real voice of +LIVE+ is with you the fans. In concert you would often overpower the PA system. I know we should honor and respect our history with each other and that includes Ed’s contributions. We too should respect Ed’s wishes to remain a singer/songwriter. I’ve come to a place where I totally understand his wishes to work outside of the boundaries created by Chad, Patrick and myself. Despite our creative differences, we will always be linked and bound to our history with each other and the brotherhood of our youth. Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Gracey, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Taylor would never want you to divide yourselves or cut each other down over choosing sides. In the new era, we have a +LIVE+ community that can embrace The Gracious Few, Ed & Adam Kowalczyk and anyone else who may join the fold.

As I said previously, there will be no exclusions. The +LIVE+ community will take the time to listen generously to each member of the band and its fans. We will reward and acknowledge each other for our efforts. Most important, we will return to making the music that set so many of us free.

- Chad Taylor

Chad's post can be found here: www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150250454422830
• posted by dangum on july 19th, 2011
Messages from Chad Taylor
In the past couple of days Chad Taylor has posted two notes on Live's Facebook site. They are reproduced below.

The spirit of +LIVE+
by LIVE on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 10:11pm

Many years ago, +LIVE+ transitioned from four individuals into a collective community that includes without limitation, all human beings. Our music, first and foremost, is intended to celebrate the wide range of dynamics experienced by our human condition. +LIVE+ is your band and the music reflects the beauty and spirit so many of you have shared with us throughout our career. The spirit of +LIVE+ is one of contemplation, generous listening and inclusion. All thoughts and opinions will be welcome.

For over twenty-five years the music of +LIVE+ has ebbed and flowed. We've seen many changes in those years but without question, our love for you, our most loyal fans, has never wavered. I know many of you are excited to hear new music. The hiatus is over & we've returned with a renewed energy to create. It will be our communal duty to hold +LIVE+ and its fan base to the highest possible standard. "You Are The World" and only you can bring about the full potential of this community. Let's be about something bigger than ourselves.

Your humble guitarist, Chad Taylor

with LOVE and respect
by LIVE on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 9:40am

Good morning. I'm proud of the +LIVE+ family for being able to have a healthy debate without cutting each other down. I can feel your passion and encourage you to continue in healthy dialog with an ear towards listening generously and inclusion. There is no right or wrong, so we need not take a position that results in more pain or sorrow, there is already too much of this. Some fans may choose to leave +LIVE+ based on many parameters. Some will stay but this has always been the case as I've seen millions of you come and go. Regardless, when we need our +LIVE+, it is there for us in recorded format, preserved just as it was. There will also be many of you (like me) that want to hear +LIVE+ music in concert. I agree once again that trying to replace a soulmate like Ed is impossible but it is possible to replicate the intention of the music and lyric and hold high its value.

The fact is that we, the band, haven't mentioned who will be singing (read the original post). Many of you have jumped to conclusions. The power of your language and the thoughts you choose to share will have a deep impact, so we must choose wisely. I for one, do not need your defense, nor does Ed, Chad or Patrick. We are well aware of our intimate relationship to +LIVE+ and our contributions. I agree 100% that Ed is a pillar of +LIVE+. This band and its music are forever indebted to his creativity and devotion to making +LIVE+ music. The fact again is that +LIVE+ music will outlast and outlive the original band. There will come a day when we have all passed but "Lightning Crashes" or "Peace Is Now" will continue to have new listeners. Many artists world wide perform and record +LIVE+ songs and they too are an extension of our lives work. Many players/musicians have contributed to our lineage of music. Woody Jackson for example was part of the band in high school followed by Christopher Thorn, Adam Kowalczyk, Michael Railo, Lloyd Maines, Jerry Harrison and even the New York Philharmonic. I haven't begun to list the many managers, agents, lawyers, publicists, video directors, art directors, touring crew and label workers who collaborated with the band to deliver the music as +LIVE+. Even when +LIVE+ was learning to play our instruments in the garage on Newberry Street, we had Rodney "Butch" Seifert, Matt Gracey, Bernard Rudolph and Robbie Landis working in the shadows. It was always bigger than Chad, Patrick, Ed or myself. We cannot afford to act or think in a precious manner when it comes to this music.

+LIVE+ to me and many others is so much more than a rock band. We worked without regard to typical rock band dynamics to help set the human race free; to negate racism and to negate nationalism and the religious boundaries that have only served to divide mankind. +LIVE+ remains an instrument of the people. Ed Kowalczyk's contribution to +LIVE+ cannot end - he brought to light many of the very ideals and concepts that fueled a global community of music lovers who wanted more that "we got it on" lyrics within your average pop tune. This cannot be overshadowed and there will be no attempt to dishonor Ed or any member of +LIVE+ past or present. Ed is welcome to contribute to +LIVE+ as many other have in the past and will in the future. There will be no exclusion under my leadership. All voices do matter to me and this is why I have asked for your many incredible thoughts. I am overjoyed to see that many of you can see the value in continuing this musical spirit!

Chad, Patrick and myself have announced our intention to make +LIVE+ music once again. This was not an easy decision and one we wrestle with every day. We care very much for our history and care very much for our relationship with you. After all, a band is nothing but relationships. As I have written previously; Ed, Chad, Patrick and myself are working hard to mend any issues that may have come between us. Our greatest collective accomplishment has been +LIVE+ and it may be the very reason we continue to work towards a healthy relationship with each other but once again, those dynamics are not for public consumption (I clearly made that error previously and have learned a valuable lesson). These are private matters between brothers.

+LIVE+ on the other hand is for the people. Regardless of wether you choose to remain a fan of the band is your choice but as long as +LIVE+ remains in my care, we are ambitiously moving forward. With any luck, you'll hear the intensity I heard last week when we began to dust off the old material. It sounded so amazing right out of the box. +LIVE+ music has a feel all of its own and I can't wait to perform it for as long as I possibly can; even if its for a room a one, its well worth the effort.

Please do not abuse each other over the politics and propaganda of those who would will division or fear. Please try and value each members thoughts regardless of your position. This is our community and I am very proud to have an association with members who are drawn to higher principles of the world - oh yeah, and really loud rock n' roll.

with LOVE and respect,

Chad Taylor

Chad's posts can be found here:

• posted by dangum on july 17th, 2011
Ed Kowalczyk on Infinity Hall Live (CPTV)
Earlier this year, Ed Kowalczyk performed at 'Infinity Hall' in CT during his 'Open Wings, Broken Strings" tour. Joining him on the tour were Emerson Hart (Tonic) and Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer). The March 2nd performance was recorded and will be broadcast as part of the television series 'Infinity Hall Live' on CPTV.

The series starts this Friday at 11pm, and over the next 8 weeks will feature performances by Ed Kowalczyk, Rusted Root and Shelby Lynne. The complete schedule can be seen below.

Join us this summer for a new concert series unlike any that the public television network has ever produced, because it has a special connection to the Nutmeg State: Each episode is taped at Infinity Hall, a stunning 19th century music venue located in Norfolk, Connecticut.

The eight-part series showcases a variety of musical genres and styles, from indie rock to folk and country.

This summer, Infinity Hall Live features an exciting line-up of artists:
  • Friday, June 17 at 11 p.m. -- The Smithereens
  • Friday, June 24 at 11 p.m. -- Rusted Root
  • Friday, July 1 at 11 p.m. -- Open Wings, Broken Strings featuring Ed Kowalczyk, Emerson Hart, and Leigh Nash
  • Friday, July 8 at 11 p.m. -- Jonathan Edwards
  • Friday, July 15 at 11 p.m. --The Wailin' Jennys
  • Friday, July 22 at 11 p.m. --Shelby Lynne
  • Friday, July 29 at 11 p.m. -- Tim Reynolds and TR3
  • Friday, August 5 at 11 p.m. -- The Best of Infinity Hall Live
More information can be found at www.ihlive.org and at the following YouTube page: youtube.com/watch?v=dZsXbrQgKT4

• posted by dangum on june 16th, 2011
The future of Live - News from Chad Taylor and Ed
The past couple of days have seen some clarification on the future of Live. Firstly an interview with Ed was published in the "Salt Lake Tribune" where Ed states that he has no plans to rejoin Live.

Q. What is your side of the story about why Live disbanded? Do you ever foresee working with your former band mates again?
A. I had simply come to the end of a chapter in my life and wanted to spread my wings and move beyond what I had been doing, in the same way, for almost 20 years. As far as the allegations that were leveled at me and purported as the reason for the breakup, they were all absolutely untrue. I have no plans to work with those individuals again. The spirit of Live is alive and well in my performances and my new material - come and see for yourself.

Link to full interview.

And today Chad Taylor posts a blog entry on "The Comet" website stating that Live will continue on touring and making new music with Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick but without Ed.

Exclusive Blog: Chad Taylor talks The Gracious Few and Live

Chad Taylor, founding member of Live and The Gracious Few, talks about the future of both groups and why this is the best musical year of his life.

It's been nearly a year since we released The Gracious Few and it feels like it's time to write and record some new material. We worked on a new song at rehearsals last week - sort of the darker side of the Cure meets Perfect Circle. I want the new TGF material to stretch out beyond the conventional pop arrangements that have dictated the flow of modern music.

I think, with our musicianship, we can allow ourselves to journey through multiple interludes within a single song. In the early days of recording, the song arrangements and lengths, were often dictated by the distribution media. For example, you could barely fit a three-minute song onto one side of a 45rpm. CDs had their limits too but in today's market, podcasts can stream for hours at a time.

I don't see why we have to conform a media standard these days. So expect the new recordings to jam out a bit more. I think the days of concept albums have come and gone too. In the late fifties and early sixties, artists would release single after single and only after they achieved several hit songs with they assemble a compilation "album." The Beatles and a few of their contemporaries began to write songs that were intended to appear in a grouping, just as classical composers had assembles suites of material intended to be performed in order, in concert. Maybe only "Throwing Copper" in my career was thought out well enough to stand up like this? I just don't think people have the time to dedicate to listening through an albums entirety. Then again, I do.

The Candlebox boys will be playing shows this summer and recording new material. Chad, Patrick and I will journey to Nashville to begin working on new Live material in early July. This is how it works when you have three bands between five guys. I've got to admit it feels so incredibly refreshing to always have the possibility of working on something new and diverse in front of me.

Don't fret - fans of The Gracious Few won't have to wait too long for a full tour schedule coming in the fall of 2011.

It's slightly more complicated on the Live side of things, as we'll have to begin addressing the hole left by our singer's departure. Most important, we'll have to begin with fresh creativity - we're not interested in rehashing the hits of the past. No doubt we'll want to play the new material in concert and in my opinion the show will need to take its production to another level. It's a tall order given the high expectations of Live fans.

There are a number who would rather see Live sail off into the sunset without the original lineup in tact. I certainly understand their position and have my own concerns. On the other hand and from a personal level, I need to feel Live once again without the constraints that were placed on it over the last few years. Chad, Patrick and I invested most of our lives to writing, recording and performing the songs of Live. We deserve a chance to reconnect with the fans to say goodbye to the old era and hello to the new.

One thing is certain, 2011 will go down as one of the best musical years in my life and that's one hell of a statement.
Link to Chad's blog.

• posted by dangum on june 8th, 2011
'Alive' to be released on vinyl
Ed has posted a photo of a vinyl version of his debut solo release 'Alive' on his Facebook page.
It appears as if the vinyl version comes with a bonus clear vinyl - there's no word on what it contains.
The album will be available for purchase from Ed's personal site at www.edkowalczyk.com as well as being avaialble for pre-order at Amazon.
• posted by dangum on april 23rd, 2011
The Gracious Few interviewed by Rockinvasion (video)
A video interview with Kevin Martin and Chad Taylor has been posted on the Rockinvasion website
The interview was recorded earlier this year while The Gracious Few were touring Europe.
The 10 minute interview can be streamed from: http://www.rockinvasion.de/video/gracious-few
• posted by dangum on april 21st, 2011
Adam Kowalczyk records new tracks with 'The Mint'
After only a few weeks with the band, Adam has recorded two new tracks with 'The Mint'.
'Start Over' and 'Mirrors Don't Lie' are being streamed from: http://www.reverbnation.com/themintusa
• posted by dangum on april 8th, 2011
Ed add Brazilian tour dates
Ed has announced 3 tour dates in Brazil for June/July. Ed will be appearing with his band at the following dates:

São Paulo - HSBC Brasil - June 30, 2011
Rio de Janeiro - Vivo Rio - July 1, 2011
Porto Alegre - Pepsi On Stage - July 3, 2011

Check http://www.edkowalczyk.com for the latest information.
• posted by dangum on april 7th, 2011
Open Letter from Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor has posted an open letter to all Live fans. The letter is re-printed below:

Dear Friends of LIVE:

Chad, Patrick and I can feel your passion for our band and our music (has it really been twenty years)! It's a rush every time we hear from you! It still amazes me that our music found a worldwide audience that has remained loyal for so long. Now we can hear from you directly through social media and we've been paying attention. We've read your FB posts and know how much you want to see a new LIVE album and tour dates.

We also know how much you want to see a reunion too and we made efforts to try and meet with Ed. Unfortunately, it's not the right time for the original lineup to come together. Ed remains committed to his solo efforts and we've been busy promoting The Gracious Few (all of us spending some much needed time with our families). At this point, everything remains positive between Chad, Patrick and I and we deeply appreciate your support throughout the hiatus. We can sympathize with your angst surrounding Ed's departure. His magical lyrics touched all of our lives for so many years. On many levels he can never be replaced. Only Ed can determine his future and right now he is unresponsive regarding LIVE; so we must move forward without him.

We ask that our history with each other be respected and that no ill will be charged towards Ed for following his dreams. If you really are a LIVE fan, then you'll heed our emotional and spiritual right to be free and creative. I believe in Ed's right to pursue music on his own terms, just as I believe in my own. This doesn't mean that LIVE is through, in fact, I think the limitations of the band have been lifted and we can create without the confines of the garage. LIVE brought people together and uplifted spirits, all while rocking out! With any luck, nothing will tarnish this legacy and our music can continue to bring joy to the masses. LIVE can live on in many shapes and forms.

Don't worry, there will be new LIVE music on the horizon! Recently, we have begun to focus on a new era of truly exciting projects surrounding our catalog of hit songs and even new recorded material! It may involve non-traditional LIVE tours, festivals, fan gatherings, mobile applications, outtakes, b-sides, rarities and a fresh take on many of the classic LIVE songs we all love. We will be back in the studio as LIVE before you know it! Truthfully, we're only beginning to get a handle on the numerous possibilities being presented to us. Please be patient while we dial in the right mix of new and old.

It's our goal to keep the music of LIVE fresh and relevant. We know that there are many generations of music lovers who will also need the power and integrity of our music and we wish to share it with them.

This transition hasn't been easy on our fans and we have always cared deeply for you. We're not looking to be the next Van Halen or Motley Crue but we do know we have an obligation to the millions of fans who have supported LIVE to carry on the flag. No one can appreciate your pain more than the band itself. It hasn't been easy to say goodbye to an entire era of our lives. Chad, Patrick and I have found great strength and faith in each other. Our ability to forgive and forge ahead as a unit is no doubt a credit to the support you've shown us since Mental Jewelry or even Public Affection. There is still a ton of rock n' roll to be made. That's what I know.

Chad Taylor - guitarist for LIVE and The Gracious Few

[Source] http://thecomet.com/posts/an_open_letter_from_chad_taylor_to_friends_of_live

• posted by dangum on march 23rd, 2011
The Gracious Few appear on 2 Meter Sessions (Holland)
While The Gracious Few were in Europe, they stopped over at the '2 Meter Sessions' studio to record an acoustic set. The entire performance is available to be streamed on YouTube.
Here are the links to the footage:
Part 1 - Live feat, Anouk "Dance With You" + interview with Chad Taylor
Part 2 - "Honest Man" and "Great Houses do Fall"
Part 3 - "The Rest of You" and "What's Wrong"
Part 4 - "Appetite", "Closer" and "Tredecim"
[Credit: Wildman]
• posted by dangum on march 3rd, 2011
Adam Kowalczyk is the new frontman for 'The Mint'
Adam Kowalczyk recently Tweeted that he has joined band 'The Mint'. Adam has replaced their lead vocalist and has begun rehearsing rehearsing with the new band. The band will be performing at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA on March 11th, 2011.
For more details on 'The Mint', check out their MySpace and Facebook sites below:
• posted by dangum on march 2nd, 2011
Audience audio The Gracious Few recording (Germany) available for download
The first 'The Gracious Few' full audience recording from Europe has surfaced. The Cologne, Germany (2011-02-25) show was recorded by 'thatsme' and is available for download through a number of sites.
The concert includes the Depeche Mode cover of 'It's No Good' as well as a new track called "Labor of Love". Details about the show and download links can be found in the following thread of the Fansoflive.com forum:

[FLAC] The Gracious Few - 2011/02/25 - Luxor, Cologne, GER, Direct download link
Be sure to check out the Multimedia forum for all your Live, Ed Kowalczyk and The Gracious few downloads.
[Credit: thatsme]
• posted by dangum on february 27th, 2011
Audience shot The Gracious Few DVD available for download
The very first audience shot DVD of The Gracious Few is now available for download. Last year's Indianaoplis show (2010-11-11) was vidoe recorded by 'tst4eko' and synced up with his own audience audio recording. The final result can be downloaded from the Dimeadozen.org bittorrent site. Details on how to download the video can be found in this thread:

[Video] The Gracious Few - 2010-11-11 - Indianapolis, IN, Torrent - Full Show - Audience Recording
If you are unable to use BitTorrent, 'tst4eko' has provided a direct link to an AVI version of the show. YouTube links to each track are also included. Check the above thread for all the link.
[Credit: tst4eko]
• posted by dangum on february 26th, 2011
The Gracious Few perform new track on European tour
The Gracious Few have debuted a new track on their European tour. 'Labor of Love' was first performed in London on the 18th of February 2011.
The first recording to surface comes from Amsterdam (March 23rd) at the Melkweg. The video can be seen here:
[Credit: Wildman]
• posted by dangum on february 23rd, 2011
The Gracious Few video for 'Appetite' released
The video for the followup The Gracious Few single has been released. 'Appetite' can be streamed from here:
If you are located outside the USA, you may not be able to watch the video. Try the following link instead:
Alternatively, if you want to download the video, then click on the link below:
[Credit: rock4adiference]
• posted by dangum on february 21st, 2011
The Gracious Few appear on Rockline
Chad Taylor and Kevin Martin of The Gracious Few appeared on Rockline with Bob Coburn on Monday the 14th of February 2011.
An online stream can be heard at http://www.rocklineradio.com/replay/replay.php for the next 2 weeks.
Alternatively, MP3s of the show can be downloaded from here:
[Credit: OutToDry and tst4eko]
• posted by dangum on february 15th, 2011
Interview with Chad Taylor on WZZO radio
Chad Taylor was interviewed on breakfast radio (WZZO Allentown) on February 10, 2011 by morning crew Bearman & Keith. To download the 9 minute interview, click on the link below.
[Credit: OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on february 11th, 2011
Pro-Shot video of Ed Kowalczyk in Sydney 2010
A pro-shot video of Ed Kowalczyk's Sydney show is now available to be streamed from the Moshcam website. The video contains the full performance from the October 30th show at The Enmore Theatre.
Click the link below to start watching:
[Credit: Ridley]
• posted by dangum on february 7th, 2011
Video for Ed Kowalczyk single 'Stand' released
The video for Ed's latest single 'Stand' has been released. The video consists of performance footage taken at the Enmore Theatre in Australia in October 2010 as well as video Sydney scenery and Ed meeting fans.
The video can be viewed on Facebook and Youtube.
Ed Kowalczyk - Stand (Facebook)
Ed Kowalczyk - Stand (YouTube)
[Credit: LivesMeltdown]
• posted by dangum on february 4th, 2011
Fret 12 video interview with Chad Taylor and Sean Hennesy
An in-depth video interview with Chad Taylor and Sean Hennesy of the Gracious Few has been featured in Fret 12 magazine. The videos can be viewed at the following site:
Fret 12 - The Gracious Few Interview

If you would like to download a copy of these videos, head over to the following link:
[Credit: myoung295]
• posted by dangum on january 19th, 2011
The Gracious Few debut album available on vinyl
The debut album by The Gracious Few is now available for purchase on vinyl!
You can order a copy from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The Gracious Few - vinyl @ Amazon
The Gracious Few - vinyl @ Barnes & Noble
[Credit: icewaterike]
• posted by dangum on january 17th, 2011
The Gracious Few European tour rescheduled for February 2011
Due to the time it's taking for Chad Taylor to recupirate from surgery, The Gracious Few's January European tour has been pushed back a month to February. Tickets purchased for the orginal shows are valid for the rescheduled dates.
The new dates are listed below:

Feb 18, 2011 London, UK @ Barfly
Feb 21, 2011 Groningen, NL @ De Oosterpoort
Feb 23, 2011 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Feb 25, 2011 Cologne, DE @ Luxor
Feb 26, 2011 Weert, NL @ De Bosuil

• posted by dangum on january 14th, 2011
Ed Kowalczyk (audience shot) DVD available to download
A complete video recording of Ed Kowalczyk's Perth(Australia) concert last year is now available for download. The video is a single cam audience shot and features an excellent sounding audience audio recording.
For setlist, YouTube video samples and a link to download the DVD, click on the link below:
[DVD] Ed Kowalczyk 2010-11-08, Perth, Australia (Metropolis Fremantle)

• posted by dangum on january 8th, 2011
New version of Grace available for purchase
Ed is in the process of producing a Grace "Super Single" that contains a new version of Grace along with some concert tracks. All proceeds of the sale will go to World Vision in aid of building a well in an African village.

The CD can be pre-ordered from Ed's site and all copies will be personally signed by Ed.

[Update: Jan 12, 2011] - Individual tracks from the single can be purchased through Amazon
Grace (Limited Edition) - EP @ Amazon
• posted by dangum on december 21st, 2010
Adam Kowalczyk NJ/PA tour dates (FREE)
Adam Kowalczyk will be performing a handful of solo shows next week in NJ and PA. Entry to the shows are free, details are below.

December 9, 2010
North Bergen, NJ (Public Library)
7 pm (Free Admission)

December 9, 2010
North Bergen, NJ (Antonia's by the Park Restaurant)
9 pm (Free Admission- Food and Drink is pay as you go)

December 11, 2010
Fairless Hills, PA (Best Buy Oxford Valley)
2 PM (Free Admission)

[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on december 3rd, 2010
Ed interview at ListenIn.org
A new collection on interview snippets with Ed Kowalczyk can be streamed at ListenIn.org The interview covers topics such as Ed's spirituality as well as background information on a number of tracks from his solo album 'Alive'.
A zip file containing the individual tracks (as well as the full interview) can also be downloaded from:
• posted by dangum on november 30th, 2010
Video interview with Ed at Undercover.fm
While in Australia on his 2010 national tour, Ed Kowalczyk was interviewed by online music magazine Undercover.fm
The 10 minute interview can be streamed from the following link:
An mp4 rip of the video can be downloaded from here: www.mediafire.com/?upyof8thy327i5l
[Credit: LivesMeltdown]
• posted by dangum on november 28th, 2010
The Gracious Few December concerts to be professionally recorded
The Gracious Few have annouced that a number of December shows will be professionally recorded by 'Abbey Road' and released on CD.

"Surprise announcement! We are exited to let you know that TGF will be recorded on each stop of the band's upcoming tour leg, starting in Seattle and ending in Ventura , by Abbey Road Live. These are high quality, limited edition double-disc sets. Best of all, if you go to the show, you can pick up your CD set as you leave, encore and all! And if you are not going, you can still have it shipped home to you. Since these are so limited, we are offering these for pre-sale at www.abbeyroadliveus.com. Jump over and your copy today, as it is sure to become a collector's item!"

Orders can be placed here: http://www.abbeyroadliveus.com/detail.cfm?artistid=45
• posted by dangum on november 22nd, 2010
Chad Taylor injures himself at a Gracious Few show
At a Gracious Few show in Chicago (November 12, 2010), Chad Taylor fell off stage during the performance of 'Honest Man'. With the help of the crowd, he was able to get back up on stage and then proceeded to finish the song laying on his back.
Unfortunely, the show didn't continue after the track as Chad was taken away by ambulance.
There's some footage of the actual moment as well as Chad playing guitar lying on his back. Chad is absolutely fine (though he's using crutches) and even posted a video of his experience.
Here are some links:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt3ooRBTc6c - Honest Man and Chad falling into the crowd.
www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=454299767917 - Chad falling into the crowd
www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=454307857917 - Chad playing 'Honest Man' on his back after the fall
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD-Ze1abUlc - Chad's alright!
• posted by dangum on november 13th, 2010
Interview with Kevin Martin on Billboard.com
An interview featuring Kevin Martin is featured on Billboard.com
Kevin discusses the how the band got together, what drew him to music and what he thinks about the current state of rock.
The interview can be streamed from here or an FLV file can be downloaded from here
• posted by dangum on november 10th, 2010
Ed Kowalczyk interview on 'The Merge'
An interview with Ed was recently featured on the Christian show 'The Merge'.
Ed discusses why he decided to be a solo artist, the album 'Alive', and his spiritual journey.
The video also contains 2 live performances with Ed and his new band at the 'Bavaria Open Air Festival' in Holland (August 28, 2010).
The interview + performance can be streamed from: 'http://themergeshow.com/merge-outloud/edkowalczyk
If you would prefer a hard copy, then an MP4 version can be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?zom4hrrl1dl6q9m.
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on november 10th, 2010
TGF Cincinnati & Columbus audio recordings available to download
Thanks to the dedicated taping skills of Charles Dewey Cole (live2cd) two recent The Gracious Few concerts have been recorded and are now available to download.
The Cincinnati (October 26, 2010) and Columbus (October 28, 2010) shows are can be downloaded either through bitTorrent (FLACs via Dimeadozen.org) or MP3s via direct download. Both recordings sound fantastic are definitely worth downloading.

The Gracious Few
October 26th, 2010.
20th Century Theatre - Cincinnati, OH.
Taper: Charles Dewey Cole, IV
Location: 10ft back; directly in front of right stack on 8ft. stand.
Source: HEB DPA4060 + Edirol R-09 (@48kHz) > Cep v.2.0 > (@44.1kHz) > Cd Wave
Conversion: Charles Dewey Cole, IV
Equipment: SanDisk 4GB SDHC Card > (USB) @ 48kHz > 44.1kHz > Cd Wave
Disc One: (53:34)

01. Appetite 6:13
02. The Few 4:39
03. Tredecim 6:02
04. The Rest Of You 3:54
05. Silly Thing 4:23
06. All I Hear 5:55
07. Crying Time 7:53
08. Guilty Fever 5:15
09. It's No Good ^ 5:08
10. Closer 4:12

Disc Two: (56:52)

01. Great Houses Do Fall * 8:43
02. Honest Man * 6:06
03. The Rest Of You * 6:09
04. Nothing But Love * 6:12
05. What's Wrong 4:40
06. Nothing But Love 8:38
07. Honest Man 8:19
08. Sing 8:05


^ = Originally Recorded By Depeche Mode.

The *'s designate the "front porch" portion of the set, where they all took
seats (like an unplugged performance) and broke down 4 songs. 3 songs were
repeated, but were completely different versions, which did not detract from
them being played again. Also note, I amplified the right channel by 0.8% due
to it being slightly lower than the left.
I gotta say, for a band with one record out (a terrific debut, at that), they
put on one hell of a headlining set in Cincinnati. 110 minute show for $10, and
they did not let up one bit for the 100 some people in attendance.
Go out and see these guys, I cannot stress that enough. They are also
open taping with any kind of gear you want to bring in!


The Gracious Few
October 28th, 2010.
Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH.

Taper: Charles Dewey Cole, IV
Location: 10ft back; directly in front of right stack on 8ft. stand.
Source: HEB DPA4060 + Edirol R-09 (@48kHz) > Cep v.2.0 > (@44.1kHz) > Cd Wave
Conversion: Charles Dewey Cole, IV
Equipment: SanDisk 4GB SDHC Card > (USB) @ 48kHz > 44.1kHz > Cd Wave

Disc One: (53:42)

01. Appetite 6:03
02. The Few 4:53
03. Tredecim 5:29
04. The Rest Of You 3:55
05. Silly Thing 4:15
06. All I Hear 6:51
07. Crying Time 8:11
08. Guilty Fever # 4:58
09. It's No Good ^ 5:18
10. Closer 3:49

Disc Two: (49:55)

01. Great Houses Do Fall * 7:27
02. Honest Man * 4:56
03. The Rest Of You * 6:05
04. Nothing But Love * 5:19
05. What's Wrong 4:50
06. Nothing But Love 7:27
07. Honest Man 6:19
08. Sing 7:32


# = Features a tease of "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh.
^ = Originally Recorded By Depeche Mode.
The *'s designate the "front porch" portion of the set, where they all took
seats (like an unplugged performance) and broke down 4 songs. 3 songs were
repeated, but were completely different versions, which did not detract from
them being played again. Also note, I amplified the right channel by 1.5% due
to it being slightly lower than the left.
You may notice a change in the recording starting w/ "Great Houses". I noticed
the sound was a tad bit better if I moved the stand about 3 feet over to the
left (weird, I know), so I did. I just waited for the break before the "front
porch" to do so. The first 10 songs still sound good, but it will be noticeable.

Go out and see these guys, I cannot stress that enough. They are also
open taping with any kind of gear you want to bring in!

Links to both recordings can be found in the Fans of Live forum

Cincinnati, OH 10-26-10 -- short review & torrent
Columbus, OH 10-28-10 -- short review & torrent
[Credit: live2cd]
• posted by dangum on october 29th, 2010
Ed Kowalczyk performance on 104.5 Streaming Studio Sessions
A video of Ed's performance on the 104.5 Streaming Radio Sessions has been posted online.
Ed performed I Alone, Grace, Drink and Lightning Crashes is a solo acoustic setting in front of an intimate audience.
Footage can be streamed here: www.radio1045.com/pages/promo/studio-sessions.html
A downloadable version of the performance can be obtained at the following link:
• posted by dangum on october 19th, 2010
The Gracious Few interview on WMMR (99.3) radio
The Gracious Few visited the WMMR studios in Philadelphia today (1st October 2010) for what turned out to be an extended on-air interview. The entire band was interviewed by Pierre Robert and they also performed acoustic versions of 'Honest Man' and 'Closer'.
Topics of conversation include: How the band name was selected, the story behind 'Honest Man', how the band was formed, the town of York, Jerry Harrison, 'Thank You' list in the album liner notes, Tom Lord Alge, the very first The Gracious Few concert at Fat Daddy's, setlist of a TGF show, situation with Ed and the breakup, whether any songs on the album are about Ed, the Candlebox situation, Kevin and Sean's visit to Iraq and more...

The 3 part interivew and performance can be streamed from the following links:
Part 1 - http://www.wmmr.com/music/mmarchives/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10145923
Part 2 - http://www.wmmr.com/music/mmarchives/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10145925
Part 3 - http://www.wmmr.com/music/mmarchives/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10145928

MP3s of the inteview can be downloaded from here:
Part 1 - http://www.mediafire.com/?866ga65bymxyem6
Part 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?2wqv8seot15oiv2
Part 3 - http://www.mediafire.com/?kc0kodhi5kk6s95
• posted by dangum on october 1st, 2010
Gibson.com video interview with The Gracious Few
Gibson.com has posted an interview with Kevin Martin, Chad Taylor and Sean Hennesy of The Gracious Few that was recorded earlier this month. This 10 minute interview covers how Kevin was chosen to be the vocalist, what inspired Kevin to switch from drums to singing, how band name was chosen, how Sean became involved in the band and finishes with an acoustic performance of Honest Man.
The interview can be streamed from here: http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/The-Gracious-Few-928
If you would like to download the video to your computer, then click on the following link:
[Credit: LivesMeltdown]
• posted by dangum on september 28th, 2010
Kevin Martin and Chad Taylor interviewed on ABC News
Kevin Martin and Chad Taylor made and appearance on ABC News yesterday (September 21st, 2010). Following a reasonably in-depth interview, they performed an acoustic version of Appetite.
Footage from the show can be streamed from the ABC News website.
If you would like to download the video to your computer, then click on the following link:
An MP3 of the acoustic version of Appetite can be downloaded from here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?co118gd16k2lt4p (the ending of the track is cut, but that's how it was broadcast)
[Credit: OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on september 22nd, 2010
The Gracious Few debut album released
September 14 marked the day The Gracious Few debut album was finally released. The 13 tracks on the album include:

1. Appetite
2. Honest Man
3. Guilty Fever
4. The Few
5. The Rest of You
6. Crying Time
7. Silly Thing
8. Closer
9. Tredecim
10. Whats Wrong
11. Nothing But Love
12. Sing
13. All I Hear

The album is available in brick and mortar stores such as Best Buy, Borders and Target as well as online through Amazon and iTunes.
• posted by dangum on september 18th, 2010
Ed appears on NBC Philadelphia TV
This morning Ed along with drummer Ramy and guitarist James appeared on the '10 Show', a mornng program broadcast on NBC Philadelphia to promote his upcoming US tour.
Ed was briefly interviewed by the host and then the band performed an acoustic version of 'Grace'.
The entire performance can be viewed here: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/shows/10-show/
Unfortunately, the video is unavailable to persons outside of the US so here is an alternative site to download it from:
A media player such as VLC will be needed to play the file.
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on september 16th, 2010
Pro-shot footage of Ed solo concert in Amsterdam (July 2009)
A pro-shot video of an Ed's solo performance in Amsterdam (July 2nd, 2009 @ Melkweg) has recently surfaced on YouTube. This 3 camera production was filmed by Ray Slavenburg (who also edited the video), Ewoud Bon and Denise van Toor.
Currently, two tracks from this performance can be viewed on YouTube.
I Alone
Overcome (featuring 3 violinists, a cellist and a keyboard player)
[Credit: Ray Slavenburg]
• posted by dangum on september 7th, 2010
Radio Interview with Kevin Martin on DC101
Kevin Martin was interviewed by 'Elliot in the Morning' on radio station DC101 this morning.
The 12 minute interview can be heard on YouTube and an MP3 of the interview can also be downloaded from here:
• posted by dangum on september 2nd, 2010
Listen to samples from The Gracious Few debut album
Amazon has updated their site to include 13 audio samples from the forthcoming The Gracious Few album.
According to Amazon the track listing is as follows:

1. Appetite5:17
2. Honest Man 4:13
3. Guilty Fever 3:07
4. The Few 3:55
5. The Rest of You 4:02
6. Crying Time 5:29
7. Silly Thing 4:29
8. Closer 3:27
9. What's Wrong 4:37
10. Tredecim 4:17
11. Nothing But Love 5:28
12. Sing 5:37
13. All I Hear 4:32
Update: Full versions of 'Appetite', 'Honest Man', 'Guilty Fever', 'The Few', 'The Rest of You' and 'Crying Time' can be streamed from this Amazon link.
[Credit: LivesMeltdown / Existentialist]
• posted by dangum on august 29th, 2010
Ed's appearance on San Diego breakfast radio
Ed appeared on couple of San Diego radio stations this morning to promote his first solo album Alive
First stop for Ed was at 91x where sat in for a brief interview and performed an acoustic version of "I Alone"
An hour later Ed was at the studios of Rock 105.3 where Ed performed acoustic versions of "Grace" and "Lightning Crashes"
Both appearances can be downloaded from the links below:
91x - Interview and performance: www.mediafire.com/?hq1ijo0fja87jtc
Rock 105.3 - Interview and perfomance: www.mediafire.com/?8uf55wy4idnne5y
• posted by dangum on august 9th, 2010
Ed Annouced Australia and New Zealand tour dates
Dates for Ed Kowalczyk's tour of Australia and New Zealand have just been annouced.
Ed will be touring with his full band this October and November. Dates are below:

October 28th, 2010 The Powerstation - Auckland, NZ
October 31st, 2010 The Enmore Theatre - Sydney, Australia
November 2nd, 2010 Hi Fi Bar - Brisbane, Australia
November 5th, 2010 The Forum - Melbourne, Australia
November 6th, 2010 Thebarton Theatre - Adelaide, Australia
November 8th, 2010 Metropolis Fremantle - Perth, Australia

Edit: new date added to tour
October 30th, 2010 Newcastle Leagues Club - Newcastle, Australia

Ticketing details can be found here: www.coppel.com.au/artists/EK
• posted by dangum on august 9th, 2010
The Gracious Few US tour dates (Leg 1)
The Gracious Few have annouced tour dates for the first leg of thier US tour. The dates are below:

Sep 24 Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
Sep 25 Toronto, ONT - Mod Club
Sep 26 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Sep 28 Boston, MA - Paradise Ballroom
Sep 29 Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street Ballroom
Oct 01 Philadelphia, PA - Fillmore at TLA
Oct 02 Falls Church, VA - State Theatre
Oct 03 Richmond, VA - The Hat Factory
Oct 05 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Oct 06 Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
Oct 08 Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
Oct 09 Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
Oct 10 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Oct 13 Houston, TX - The Warehouse
Oct 14 Dallas, TX - The Loft
Oct 15 Austin, TX - The Independent
Oct 16 Little Rock AR - Revolution Music Room
Oct 19 Memphis, TN - Newby's
Oct 20 New Orleans, LA - Tipitinas
Oct 26 Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
Oct 28 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Oct 29 Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Oct 30 Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon

-- Leg 2 (updated Aug 24)

Nov 03 New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
Nov 04 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
Nov 05 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
Nov 06 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Nov 09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
Nov 11 Indianapolis, IN The Vouge
Nov 12 Chicago, IL TBD
Nov 13 Des Moines, IA People's Court
Nov 14 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Nov 16 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nov 17 Council Bluffs, IA Whiskey Roadhouse
Nov 19 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Nov 20 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
Nov 30 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Dec 01 Seattle, WA Showbox Market
Dec 03 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Dec 04 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Dec 06 Sactamento, CA Harlow's
Dec 07 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Dec 09 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Dec 10 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Dec 11 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre

By purchasing tickets directly through www.thegraciousfew.net/ you can take advantage of special pricing which also includes a free mp3 download of 'Tredecim', a tour laminate (mailed to you prior to the show) and a poster as well as early entry into the venue.
• posted by dangum on august 4th, 2010
Divided Mind, Divided Planet MP3s (Mental Jewelry tracks)
After many years of waiting, MP3s of Live's Divided Mind, Divided Planet tape, have finally surfaced.
MP3s of the 5 tracks on this tape can be downloaded from here.

The tracks included on the tape include:
1. "Pain Lies on the Riverside"
2. "Brothers Unaware"
3. "Waterboy"
4. "Operation Spirit"
5. "Peace Is Now"

Each track differs from the version that appears on Mental Jewelry

[Credit: NectarDan]
• posted by dangum on july 31st, 2010
Video for Honest Man to debut this Sunday
The Gracious Few's Facebook page reports that Yahoo! Music will be debuting the music video of 'Honest Man' this Sunday night at 9pm PT / 12am ET.
Update: If you would like to download a high definition (1280 x 720) copy of "Honest Man", then click on the link below:
http://www.mediafire.com/?4obx7lb44g4pjmf [Credit: OutToDry and dangum]
• posted by dangum on july 30th, 2010
Pre-order The Gracious Few debut album from Amazon
Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for the debut album by The Gracious Few. The album is scheduled for release on September 14, 2010.
[Credit: OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on july 26th, 2010
The Gracious Few share new track 'Crying Time'
The Gracious Few have released another studio track from their forthcoming self-titled album on their MySpace page.
'Crying Time' can be streamed at www.myspace.com/thegraciousfew
If you'd prefer an mp3, then check out the Fans of Live forum.
[Credit: Aitkens, Badman]
• posted by dangum on july 21st, 2010
Chad Taylor posts a comprehensive Live recording history blog
Dmitry Ed Pavlotsky
July 19, 2010

Dear Chad Taylor,
On behalf of your fans from around the world we want to sincerely thank you for the years of wonderful music you have given us, and for all that is still to come with TGF.

We believe ourselves to possess nearly all of the recordings that you've taken part in, and do so with great joy and pride. However; since about 1996 we've heard about several songs that are either only available in obscure, low quality form - or appear to be myths, and we're not certain they actually exist to be heard!

This is why we have decided to write to you today; we have a request. If they do exist, we're dying to know about them. We want to learn about the little known tracks like New City and Pop Vortex, the forgotten gems lost along the way. So whether you can tell us more information about them, or even be able to send us a version of these rare tracks - we'd be ever, ever so grateful. The members of the FansOfLive and WhereFreaksTalk message boards made a list of the songs we most desire. Here it is:

New City -- We believe there's a version circulating, but none of us have ever heard it. It's SUPER rare!
Wash the Blood Away -- Does it even exist?
Change -- We know this exists, but only have a low quality version.
Pop Vortex -- Once again we don't know if it exists at all, let alone if it's out there to be heard.
Pat's SS demo -- This was mentioned in the FOL newsletter and has us licking our lips.
Hold Me Up -- We love this so much; a studio cut must exist?
DOAD Outtakes -- The other material you guys were kicking around; All Is Crazy On The Action Front, etc.

We would be incredibly happy to receive anything that you may be able to offer us. We hope this does not sound too upfront, but you seem to be the only person in the world who can help us with this and we decided that now is as good a time as any to see what could be done. You don't get if you don't ask, right?

Thank you very much for reading this, and in advance if you do decide you can help us in some way. Good luck with TGF. We can't wait for the record to drop in September!

And please, greet the rest of the band for us.

Faithfully yours,


Merica (UK), thefunkyredcaboose (USA), donno (USA), Deku (UK), deepenoughtodive (USA), Bremang (USA), TheBeacon (USA), OutToDry (USA), Plive (Sweden), Nobody Knows (Netherlands), possum (USA), swami (King of Canada), SecretInsomnia (Netherlands), stuker (USA), Infrequent Poster (USA), drewgood (USA), dangum (Australia), ItchyTriggerFinger (USA), brandedwendy (Netherlands), Wildman (Netherlands), Lakini (Romania), +Ed+ (Russia), garadius (USA), Aitkens (USA), michael39 (Australia), Wambangalang (Australia), PurdueSteve (USA), janine5683 (Canada), Sonic Tonic (Canada), shave98765 (USA), zmanpga (USA), crazy1 (USA), sh4rpz (South Africa), Genres (USA), VoodooLady (USA), LivesMeltdown (USA), Heropsychosacha (Netherlands), jclive (USA), Sakhmet2 (Canada), Badman (Texas), Kite_Runner (USA), LiveFan92 (Tunisia), Bob (USA), NectarDan (USA), Dana (Israel), Pokey (Australia), Einnar Espinosa (México), brianblank (USA), mikkel (Netherlands), Hoodstock (USA), quaziemoto3 (USA), icewaterike (Canada), Good_Pain (USA)

... and the overwhelming masses of fans who have supported you and have petitioned to hear more of the music you've been inspired to create over the years.

PS This letter was composed a couple of days before we saw your tweet of the Live stuff to be released soon. Have you read this letter already as it was published openly on the board? =))


Dear Dmitry,

Thank you (and the many) for writing such a wonderful note. Like each of you, I too am a huge fan of Live and promise to the best of my ability to keep it a living, breathing force for many years to come. The good news is that Live created so many works throughout our vast history. I’ll try and walk you through what I can remember, recording by recording. I’ve been working on a book that will chronicle in greater detail our incredible rise to fame from York, PA to the hiatus of last year… I want it to be spot on so I’m not rushing…in the meantime; here are some of my memories…

MIKE COUCH SESSION, 1986 (York, PA) band age, 15 yrs.

Our very first recording was a session with engineer Mike Couch in his parent’s basement. My mother paid for it and I think the budget was $400. We hadn’t adopted the name Public Affection, so we were most likely called First Aid, Rattle Box or Paisley Blue. We recorded Pretty In Pink (Psychedelic Furs), Begin The Begin (R.E.M.) and Boys Don’t Cry (The Cure). I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it was later in life to stand on stage with Richard Butler and play Pretty In Pink or meet Michael Stipe in Athens and later become his friend. Our lives always connected us with people through music and thankfully, it still does. In fact, we also covered The Simple Minds, “Don’t You Forget About Me” and would later co-headline Night Of The Proms with them. Mike Couch remains my friend and an amazing guitar player and we’ve talked about trying to restore the cassette demo (which is still in my possession). The audio quality on the “original master” is bad at best but you can hear the band that would become Live within.

TEMPLE BETH ISREAL, “TEMPLE DANCE” 1987 (York PA) age, 16 yrs

For nearly two hours, Public Affection entertained several hundred teenage kids with new wave cover material. The lighting on the video is poor and the camera work (by my cousin) is so-so. Regardless, this is the earliest know video footage of all four members performing together. Highlights include seeing Adam Kowalczyk sitting at the foot of the stage rocking out to his older brother, oh and lots and lots of hairspray!

PROVERBS OF THE COMPANY, 1988 (Baltimore, MD) age, 17 yrs.

The bands next recording session took place in Baltimore, MD. We recorded 8 original tracks and titled the demo “Proverbs Of The Company.” I just walked into my Live archive in my basement to find the actual cassette master. I was happy to see my mom’s writing on the packaging, she was also our bookkeeper and established the Taylor family archive. The songs included; The Return, Not Ready To Go, Father To Rain, With Love, A Brick In The Works, A Backwards Lullaby, Hold (A Tribunal Tribute To Hope) and In The Hands Of A Teacher. Frankly, this is my favorite collection of early material. It showcases the bands creativity and highlights just how young and innocent we really were. I have more than two-dozen rejection letters from record companies from all over the world turning down this early version of Live. The audio quality is still remarkably good for a cassette. I’m pretty sure this grouping of material would be the pinnacle to any collection of Live recorded material.

DEATH OF A DICTIONARY, 1989 (Saylorsburg, PA) age, 18yrs.

Nearly every die-hard Live fan knows about this cassette. We picked up the final mix and drove to Ocean City, MD to celebrate our graduation and had in hand the product to help propel us into a record deal (or so we thought). I met our producer, Benji King (Patti Smyth and Scandal) on a plane flight to Europe the summer prior and he put us in contact with our soon-to-be manager, David Sestak. This is the first product that took an entire team to put together. We sold junk bonds to our close friends and family and hit the studio with a well rehearsed set of songs. Kent Heckman engineered and Ed took his vocal performances to a new level with Bengi’s guidance. Saviour For A Day opens the album and highlights include Paper Flowers (a drum machine driven track), Who Put The Fear In Hear and Good Pain. Our clean cut, hairspray happy image was captured for the cover with careful art direction from Sestak. We were becoming a “real” band who would soon leave the comforts of high school for a stab at the big apple’s CBGB’s. In Ocean City, we listen to three albums on continuous rotation, Jane’s Addiction-Nothing’s Shocking, John Lennon-Imagine: John Lennon and Public Affection-Death Of A Dictionary. We also had our first run in with the law on that trip but I’ll save that for future liner notes..

DIVIDED MIND, DIVIDED PLANET, 1990 (Philadelphia, PA) age, 19yrs.

Jay Healy had been the engineer on several huge albums by artists including Michael Jackson, R.E.M., John Mellencamp and Billy Joel. Giant records asked for us to record a demo of new material with the up-coming producer. We jumped at the chance to work with a true industry veteran who could help us further showcase our musicianship and maturing songwriting skills. Jay found a recording studio just outside of Philadelphia, PA in an old bullet factory. We could only afford to record the “midnight” sessions, which went from 11pm until 9am. We literally worked through the night to record early versions of Pain Lies On The Riverside, Operation Spirit, Waterboy, Good Pain and Peace Is Now (10,000 Years). Giant passed on the demo deal and soon after, Gary Kurfirst would sign us to his new imprint, RadioActive Records where he was busy managing Jane’s Addiction, The Talking Heads and The Ramones.

FOUR SONGS/MENTAL JEWELRY, 1991 (Milwaukee, WI) age, 20yrs.

Our producer, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads/Modern Lovers) had a budget to record 12 songs but he loved all 15 of the tunes we had played him. He called Gary Kurfirst for help on deciding which tracks to cut and the plan was hatched to release an EP before the album. Negation and Heaven wore a shirt would find their place on Four Songs. The only outtake from that session was a track titled Born Branded. The other tracks make up Live’s debut album. Additionally, we have hundreds of hours of rehearsals, video footage (some truly hilarious stuff) and writing sessions recorded from this era. I can also recall one of the band name suggestions; Jumna. Mirror Song was originally called Mental Jewelry and we borrowed the song title for the name of the album.

THROWING COPPER CHURCHBOX DEMO, 1993 (Columbia, PA) age, 23yrs.
Jay Sorrentino and Ken Heitenmuller were the rhythm section for Suddenly Tammy as amazing trio out of Lancaster, PA. Ed was dating Beth Sorrentino, Jay’s sister and singer/pianist for Suddenly Tammy. They had purchased an amazing run-down church with the original organ still intact. They helped to record a raucous demo that includes; Iris, I Alone, All Over You, Selling The Drama & I Alone. After Gary Kurfirst took a listen, he told us that we didn’t have a song for the album! Jerry Harrison was brought in to rescue to album (he changed very, very little) and Gary finally released our recording fund. This demo clearly shows the bands growth from touring endlessly for Mental Jewelry. There is a new fire to each instrument.

THROWING COPPER, 1994 (Cannon Falls, MN) age, 23yrs.

I think enough has been written about the music of this era. We had our first “oh, shit, the band is going to break up” fight making the album. The fight interestingly enough was over publishing. Ed went as far as packing up his car to drive home and I though Chad Gracey would beat him down. Thankfully, cooler heads and a good negotiation prevailed and we finished the album. Random thoughts: The bass player from Hüsker Dü, Greg Norton cooked a few meals for us; I found a hypodermic needle under my bed (Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain last used the room) and my bath towel said PJ Harvey. Our favorite album at the time was Bob Moulds, Sugar EP titled Beaster; Lou Giordano who engineered Beaster was the engineer on Throwing Copper….Bob Moulds first band was Hüsker Dü. I told you music connected us. The outtakes included: Susquehanna, Hold Me Up & We Deal In Dreams. I have hundreds of hours of audio and video of us writing, rehearsing and recording this album (there are many songs we cut early in pre-production – some of these are also documented). Highlights include Ed and I writing All Over You, Lightning Crashes and Dam At Otter Creek on the second floor of 15 N. Prince St, Lancaster, PA. Lighting Crashes in particular is amazing as you can hear the entire song unfold in the recording. Ed and I sound so innocent but you can tell we were willing to go anyplace the music might take us. The DAT tapes from the writing sessions start as soon as we enter the room and don’t end until we leave. We talk about making coffee and smoking the cigars we bought on tour in Brazil. This is my best era of documenting the band; I clearly knew we were up to something and wish I had been this disciplined on other albums. I have no idea why we never returned to that style of writing. It was truly a once in a lifetime album and its no wonder it has stood the test of time.

SECRET SAMADHI CHURCHBOX DEMO, 1996 (Columbia, PA) age, 25yrs.

Throwing Copper changed the game. It was a massive success only overshadowed by the tour that surrounded it. PJ Harvey (don’t forget the towel), Veruca Salt, Weezer and Jimmy Chicken Shack were only a few of the openers to support us as we toured the globe for two years non-stop. I bought a house (with cash I might add) and moved into a swanky neighborhood in Lancaster, PA only a few blocks from where Ed had also purchased a home. We were in our early 20’s with way too much money & fame. We both wanted to chill out and enjoy the fruits of our hard work. Gracey moved to Portland OR to marry his first wife and Patrick escaped to the party life of South Beach. The Lancaster clan continued with the high pace energy of the road while still living in a small town. The two didn’t mix well as we ate, drank and generally raised hell from bar-to-bar all in the spirit of celebration. I wrote the riff to Lakini’s Juice on the third floor of my house, passing out over several bottles of red wine but the vast majority of songs were assembled at The Chameleon Club. We had arranged with owner & friend Rich Ruoff to let us write, rehearse and record (still have the cassette) during the daytime hours when the club was closed. Ed brought in GasHed and I nearly died it was so good. The first recording, a board tape from The Chameleon is one million times better than anything on the album! Fuck, I just got chills writing about it. We were so excite, we called Ken and Jay at the Churchbox and booked some time to demo the new material. Ghost would feature the churches massive pipe organ (still better than the album), Freaks, Mall Rat, Photograph and Turn My Head are a few I can recall. Gary liked the vibe but didn’t think we had the single and would push us further. In my opinion, this is the greatest creative era of Live and thankfully, The Churchbox Session are very well documented. I would go as far as to say that the early energy captured in these demos blows always anything we captured on the album. The audio quality is amazing.

SECRET SAMADHI JAMAICA-HOUSE, 1996 (Montego Bay, Jamaica) age, 25yrs.

Jay Healy was brought in to record and produce the band. I had used him as an engineer on Solution A.D. and secured a number 1 modern rock single with Fearless. I sold the band on Jay. I thought what we needed based on the Churchbox Sessions was less of a producer and more of an engineer who would document the material. We rented a large estate overlooking Montego Bay and began searching for a sound or a song that would really catapult the band into supernova. My soul loved Jamaica and I began to transform my guitar playing and sound. I had purchased an old Fender Super Reverb and would begin to play into its vibrations. Unsheathed and Heropsychodreamer featured the reverberant quality’s of our rum-punch, pot infused sound. Dahlheimer delivered the guitar to Merica and in a finale, Ed told me to play the riff from Lakini’s Juice. I had almost forgot about it. He and Matt Gracey sat on the balcony as Ed screamed “more wine” in the verse. Thankfully, Trevor, our butler (seriously) brought more wine. These demos capture the band creativity that I think was the essential property that made Live a powerhouse band. The sessions are extremely raw, with very little mixing effort and were only intended to convince Gary that it was time to record. Thankfully, he gave the green light. There are several unreleased/unrecorded songs on these demos that will hopefully find there way to the public over time.

SECRET SAMADHI, 1996 (San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY) age, 26yrs.

This album was a cluster-fuck to record. We started in San Francisco, CA only to find that the studio had a buzz sound that transferred to every channel of the console and tape machine. We searched high and low to find a studio nearby but had to settle on LA. After moving tons of vintage recording gear and instruments to Los Angeles, Ed had a terrible allergic reaction to the house dog that lived in the studio. We fired Jay (as we had already spent several hundred thousand dollars and didn’t have a note recorded) and headed home to regroup. The entire band was depressed – it was truly our first major failure and we would have to struggle to gather ourselves and continue. After a short break, Jay called Ed and I pushing to use The Hit Factory in NYC, a well-known buzz and pet free studio. We could start in a week if we agreed to put him back on board as producer. We added a 40-piece orchestra to Lakin’s Juice and Turn My Head and once again tracked the band without click tracks live in a large room. The only overdubs were vocal doubles (very few harmonies), guitar solos (although GasHed and Graze were cut live) and the string sections. We wanted a raw record and got it (funny that it is our rawest recording that also got called over-produced). This is my all-time favorite Live album and the one I felt most represented my sonic vision of the band. When I listen to this album I am driven to tears. I can feel us let go and flow musically like at no other point in our career. I can’t imagine how much better it would have been if we would have not had the stops and stats associated with San Fran and LA. Tom Lord-Alge would once again add the finishing touches. Mall Rat & Photograph are finished masters. Pop Vortex would come from the Shadow Hill sessions and “Crayons” was an early lyric to Century; “come on, come on, return to crayons.”

SHADOW HILL WAY, 1997 (Beverly Hills, CA) age, 27yrs.

High on our own success, we decided to abandon a European leg of the Secret Samadhi tour. We rented a 20,000 sq. ft house in Beverly Hills, CA and brought in Jerry Harrison and Karl Defler to document the creative process. This was a party house that no-doubt was built for cocaine and porn (it had a disco with strippers pole included). We were in the heights of our rock n’ roll excess. We left the doors wide open and would often find that celebrities had found our not-so-secret hideaway (think entourage, only way worse). This session would spawn the most unreleased material in Live’s history. We recorded nearly three albums worth of material with Where Fishes Go as the only track to ever see the light of day. Most of the songs are incredibly rich instrumental tracks that left little space for Ed’s vocals but several feature him singing. It’s roughly 35 unreleased tracks in rough mix form but some of our most creative work with Harrison at the helm. The idea was to create our next record but the sessions were abandoned due to the heavy pressure for us to continue to tour for Secret Samadhi. Additionally, the material was very challenging for Ed to write to and in my opinion, would influence how we went about writing and recording in the future. Working titles include German Rain, German Rain II, German Porn, Two Women Flank The Door & Pop Vortex (later became Vine St.). Live fans would go nuts for this material.

THE DISTANCE TO HERE, 1998 (Marin County, CA and Los Angeles, CA) age, 28yrs.

In order to make Ed’s shows more enjoyable for him, we added guitarist Christopher Thorn to the live line-up. Chris grew up in Dover, PA, a neighboring town of York. He was always much more a lead guitar player than Ed but he did a great job of finding his way into the feel of the songs. This was the first time a had another guitar player to truly play off of and would influence the fell of the album. Additionally, we brought in session keyboardist Michael “Raylo” Railton to add flavor to the tracks. These guys would form the nuclease of a new sound and new era for the band. Ed’s early demo of The Distance, in my opinion, was far better than the albums version. The drum loop he recorded to had a groove that was simply incredible and we worked very hard to get that feel with Gracey’s drumming. The Distance demo is awesome and a b-side worthy of trying to find. We recorded two version of Sun (one with a down tempo Indian loop and the other with a full rock guitar approach). In the studio this album in particular felt totally different than its finished product. The band was pushing hard for songs like Change, Don’t Wait (I have a CBGB’s demo that features one of Ed greatest vocal performances), Still Aroused and New City. The guitars once again shined on these tracks and the tempos were upbeat. It was a return, I thought to the feel of Copper. When I received the mastered album, it had changed greatly. Gone were those up-tempo rockers, each replaced by mid-tempo singer/songwriter selection. I admit, I was in shock but the record label was really in love with the album. I think I may have made a critical mistake by not pushing to have the rockers win out but then again some of those songs are pretty amazing! Overcome featured the full band and is my preferred version of the song. Face & Ghost originally did not have lyrics and once again is my preferred version of the song. In my opinion, if Secret Samadhi was my vision of the band than TDTH was Ed’s. It ranks as my second favorite Live album and I personally think it was Ed at his absolute very best. I haven’t bought his new album yet but I hope it has some of this flavor; if not it should be on his next! Most of TDTH was tracked live but we clearly let technology start to play a roll (Voodoo Lady for example). We had all begun to purchase recording equipment and began to experiment with loops and productions. There are a ton of unreleased demos from this era. For example, the demo for They Stood Up For Love has different lyrics, an oboe and is one of the last substantial contributions I felt I made to the Live catalog. We also have demos of Voodoo Lady, recorded on April 18th (my daughter, Ruby Lou was born later that day). My favorite demo is Transmission, a Dahlheimer track infused with great lyrics and singing by Ed.

V DEMO, 1999 (Los Angeles, CA) age, 28yrs.
Second only to the Shadow Hill recordings, there are a ton of unreleased tracks from this mid-tour session. We documented nearly two albums worth of material in two short weeks. The goal was to prepare songs for the next studio session. MCA got a hold of the material and pushed us to call it an album but it took over two years to finally release side-A of the demos originally titled “Ecstatic Fanatic.” MCA’s delays totally changed the feel of the once spontaneous demo into an album that had to really count for Live. It was released September 18, only seven days after the world trade center terrorist attach that would change the world. An independently produced video for Overcome made the cut to play in the short rotation of only 5 songs on MTV for more than 3 days. Everything about the “album” was wrong. The label, which was having great success with No Doubt wanted to re-image the band and spent a ton of money on a photo shoot for the album cover only to add grainy graphics so that the band was undicernable. It was fucking nuts. Live fans really take the piss out of this album but it was NEVER intended to be an album. It was always a spontaneous outpouring of material Ed had been developing on the road. Patrick wasn’t even in town for half of it. From my point of view, some of Ed’s finest songwriting occurs on the songs that were never included on the album (this was because it was supposed to be a give-away for the fans). We even tried to rush a release of Overcome to record stores all across the country to benefit the victims of 9/11 but the label wouldn’t donate their portion of the funds to the proceeds (seriously).

It just occurred to me that I really detailed a ton of this stuff in the first draft of “The Search for Public Affection; the story of LIVE.” This section was written awhile back but does hit the nail on the head. I will include it hear as a “thank you” to the fans that really have come along for this ride:

Chapter 13 “The Turn”

It was about six years ago when I openly declared to my close friends and family that the new media age had revolutionized our industry over night. I predicted that music sales would cause a selloff of minor labels to majors and later majors to majors. This would be an outright war for market share and I feared my own band would be lost in the shuffle.

We were on tour for The Distance To Here and on a short break began to work on the songs that would later find themselves on V. Ed was on fire. We could barely keep up with the frantic pace with which he was turning out new ideas. Patrick was at home with his family celebrating the birth of his daughter and the process was disjointed from a “band” standpoint. We were recording at good friends house with the drums on the patio and guitar amps in the living room. We spent little to no time perfecting the parts as we were only trying to capture the creative energy of the moment. It was fun but outside of the typical rehearsal writing sessions of the past. I thought, this will be how records are made in the future, cheap, fast and full of “in the moment” creative spirit.

By the time Patrick made LA, we nearly had two albums worth of material recorded. It was creative and recording overload but we wanted to surprise our fans with an album in the middle of a touring cycle. Fresh material with a loose feel, something we had never done. We didn’t want to over think anything, just immediately release a batch of new songs. They were experimental in many ways, lacking the traditional band arrangements that our fans had come to love but as a two-week long session of demos it was perfect.

We submitted the material to MCA/Universal, as RadioActive no longer existed. There was great debate at the label over a single. We suggested not releasing one as we wanted it to be “for the fans”, impromptu, live esc. – In the moment. It took MCA/Universal over a year to release the album. The project went from being titled “Ecstatic Fanatic” with a quasi-orgy painting by Peter Howson to “V”. The label insisted that bands needed to be on “the cover” and hired an insanely expensive photographer to revolutionize the bands image. We laughed, as we know our image was the anti-image. The photographer had arranged a series of “huge” fires that would be burning in the background. They turned out to be little barrels with barely a flame shooting out; total “Spinal Tap”. Gracey nearly killed the stylist for messing with his clothing or hair. This had nothing to do with the Live that came from the street of York, PA. This was all about market share. The funny thing is the photo shoot went so poorly that they added charcoal graphics to the picture and totally distorted what they were going for in the first place.

In our defense, we begged MCA to release the album the way we wanted but they had no interest. To our luck director Rob Cohen was a LIVE fan and placed “Deep Enough” in the opening scene of “The Fast and Furious.” To our disbelief, MCA turned down an offer from the production company to shoot a video on set by Rob himself. They had a partnership with MTV that would guarantee heavy rotation out of the box. You can’t make this shit up. They passed on “Deep Enough” insisting that “Simple Creed” was better suited for radio. This is on an album where we didn’t even want a single! Our management was going fucking nuts as you can imagine. I knew it was a sure fire sign that the close nit family that worked so hard to build Live was no longer in the drivers seat. Corporate shareholders were now the new priority in the “music” business.

Another huge moment can only a few weeks later. The producers for the “Mummy Return’s” called and asked if we would be willing to provide a song for the closing credits of the film. Ed wrote with Glen Ballard and they turned out “Forever May Not Be Long Enough.” I knew it wasn’t a typical Live song but then again, nothing about this album was making much sense. Ballard had the audacity to sit there and tell Patrick Dahlheimer, one of the most explosive rock bass players of his era to play one single note throughout the entire song. I walked out of the room laughing. This was fucked. Thankfully, the track worked well in the film but this wasn’t what I signed up for. Once again, the label did not want to work the song as a single but our management was able to convince them to at least let us shoot a video.

Hindsight is 20/20 but these were the number 1 and 2 top grossing films of the year with featured placement and absolutely no love from the label. I was sick to my stomach.

The label finally decided by committee that “Simple Creed” would be the single and a video was ordered. I had lost 35 pounds working out everyday to “look great” in the new media model of tits and ass. Shirtless with only a vest on I took on my new role as an actor in someone’s bad play. This shit had nothing to do with the dream Chad, Patrick and I started in Gracey’s bedroom in York. It had nothing to do with Ed’s lyrics on “Lightning Crashes.” This was all about the looming downturn in corporate revenue MCA was facing. We were fucked and stuck in an unbreakable contract.

All of the delays added up and nearly a year and a half after we finished a few “off the wall” demo’s MCA set a release date, September 18, 2001. Seven days after the terror attacks of 9/11. Things had gone from bad to grim. The happy go lucky spirit of this music would never see the light of day. The world had changed before our eyes.

Mary Kowalczyk, Ed’s mother, called me right after the second plane hit. She wanted to know where Eddie was as he had been on the road to do press and promotion for the album. I assured her he was fine but hung up the phone and began to make frantic phone calls to management and Matt Gracey who was on the road with Ed. Thankfully, they were okay in Chicago.

To my surprise a friend called me to tell me to turn on VH1. Someone had set footage from ground zero to the music of “Overcome.” I stood and cried as it played. This was so much bigger than my band, our music or me. I knew Live would never be the same from that moment forward. A deep depression of sorts set in. The wave that surged throughout the 90’s had crested and now crashed on the flatlands of three toppled buildings and thousands of dead.

I began calling every radio station in the country requesting Overcome as a song offered by the band for healing. I called our management to tell the label to get a single release ready to sell in stores to benefit the victim’s families. To my dismay MCA refused to offer any funds or support despite the fact that nearly every radio format including country, R&B, top 40, jazz and blues stations were playing the song. I was so sad. Sad for those families. Sad for my own too. I wondered if anyone could understand the emotional toll 9/11 had taken on us as people. How could we perform? How would we get through?

Our management encouraged us to get back to doing what we did best, playing live shows. Our childhood hero’s Jane’s Addiction were mounting a comeback tour and we agreed to take the opening slot. Something we hadn’t done since Mental Jewelry. They gave us less than 10’ of the stage and only 6 par cans for lights. Big time, “rock star” bullshit. We played the first night with electric guitars blazing but the magic wasn’t there. We poured our hearts into the show but for the first time in my life, I didn’t want to be on stage. I didn’t want to play music. It just felt wrong.

I told Ed that night that I was headed home. We had worked too hard and too long to be treated this way. It felt disrespectful to the music and our fans. I was almost gone when Ed grabbed me and said we are not going out like this, “I have a plan.”

The next day, we went to the Salvation Army store to purchase Dickie brand overhauls and old beat up couches like the ones that used to adorn the rehearsal room in York. There would be no electric guitars, no rock star apparel. We would be the worker bees we knew how to be from our childhood in York. Ed said the songs would do the work as he handed out a set list of hit singles ending with Overcome. The next show was at Madison Square Garden. It would be the very first show after the terror attacks. Nearly every fire station was in attendance. There were thousands of firemen and rescue workers who had survived but lost, friends, family and co-workers.

I lowered my head into the cold curve of my acoustic guitar. I would not be able to face the crowd tonight. Ed turned the microphone to the crowd during the first chorus of Lightning Crashes. The sing along was bone chilling. Everyone knew we were saying goodbye.

To this day, I don’t know how Ed sang Overcome. I stood by the side of the stage as a spectator and watched his chest heave with the weight of the moment. He was amazing and there was not a dry eye in the house. When the house lights went on the crowd began to file out until there were only a few thousand remaining from the sold-out show for the opening refrains of the Jane’s Addiction set. This would not be a night for strippers in go-go cages.

Live pushed on, touring for V. We tried hard to pick up the pieces but the early energy drain of September was too great. In New Zealand, I leaned over a balcony fifty stories high and asked myself if I should jump. How could I be “living out my dream” and so deeply depressed? When I withdrew and returned to the hotel room I began to write my story down, trying to figure out how I came to this place. I birthed the concept of “Barely Breathing” that night and haven’t given up on it to this day. It is a constant reminder that we can find the light at the end of the tunnel. We can reach new dreams and new heights despite our personal obstacles.

Somehow we lost ourselves in the V cycle and the years that followed. The childhood innocence’s and enthusiasm had been replaced with stagnate set lists and a lack of fresh ideas that a rock band could sink into. We worked hard on Birds Of Pray but again; a producer was pushing and pulling against the natural grain that had delivered so many great moments. By the time Black Mountain came around, I could care less. Jim Wirt, the producer was writing all of the guitar parts. I took it as a challenge to find a way to further give of myself but I never stayed in the studio for more than a few hours at a time. This wasn’t my music any longer; this wasn’t the band I envisioned. I knew it was time to walk away but had no idea how to do it.

While in London touring for Black Mountain our former head of security arranged a dinner with the guys from Metallica. I hit it off with Lars right away as we drank copious amounts of Champagne and exchanged road stories. The scene was a little nuts. Lars was having dinner with his girlfriend while his nanny and ex-wife chased down the kids. Metallica had just released “Some Kind Of Monster” and I was fascinated by his willingness to break up his own band in order save their integrity. As we got deeper into the bottle, so did our discussions about my personal discord within my band. Lars told me I had no choice. The only way to save Live was to abort the mission and leave the band. My head was spinning.

A few hours had passed and we changed venues. We headed to a trendy bar inside a hotel. I couldn’t begin to tell you where we were, other than we were in London. As I ordered my drink I realized I was standing next to my old friend Dave Grohl. We hugged and shared our excitement for running into each other in the middle of London. I told Dave what Lars had been discussing at the restaurant and he too began to tell me it was time to venture out on my own. Dave recalled his memory of Live as a wild animal and added that we had somehow become tame. It was the truth and it hurt like hell.

The alcohol was taking heavy effect. My speech was slurred and I couldn’t walk straight. The lights went up in the bar and we exited into the hotel lobby. When the lobby elevator opened my friend Venus Brown emerged. Venus doesn’t drink and I knew I would have to try and act sober but I failed. He asked me if I was okay but I really couldn’t feel anything at this point. Will. I. Am and Venus helped me to a stool. I must be dreaming.

As I sat down I flipped backwards over the stool onto the floor. It was time for me to exit. All my dignity was gone. I no longer had control of my life. I had let politics, fear and friendship ruin the creative force that I loved so much and I had to come to terms with leaving.

When I woke, I was laying naked on the floor of the closet in my hotel room. I couldn’t recall how I had gotten there. I was very sick and dizzy from the alcohol. I stood up, pulled on my pants, a shirt and my jacket. There was an acoustic guitar in the room. I raised it over my head and began smashing it to pieces. I threw the guitar down the hallway as I exited the room. I had to walk. I needed fresh air.

Outside of the hotel, I raised my arm to flag down a taxicab. I entered and when asked “where to?” I replied Heathrow. This was it. I was going home to never return. I needed to save myself.

At the British Airway counter, I asked what was the first flight leaving for America. The attendant asked if I had any luggage and I began to laugh. She asked if I was okay and I said, “No, I need to get home now.” She had a flight to Washington D.C. and I took it. The flight was leaving in 20 minutes if I hurried I would make it. I stopped at a pay phone, called my wife and told her to pick me up and hung up without another word. I took my seat, feeling very uneasy about everything. When the wheels of the jet left the ground I left out a big breath. I had done it. Now I suddenly had to vomit.

I passed out for most of the flight and when I landed in Washington I felt weak and listless. My wife was waiting for me and we embraced. She told me that my friends were worried about me. Everyone had called her even our manager Gary Kurfirst who hadn’t called me in over five years. I asked her where the car was. I was ready to go. She had parked it in the long-term lot, far from the terminal. I knew what she was up to.

She told me she had arranged for two seats on a flight that left for Paris in one hour. I was angry. Everyone wanted me to return to the very thing that was killing me. I was trapped in my own dream. I sat quietly as we returned to Paris to join the band for the next show. Ed had called my close friend and neighbor, Doc Slovak and launched an ultimatum, “if I didn’t get my ass back there he would replace me.” I tried hard to justify my return as a way to support my own family and Patrick and Chad’s but this crisis only served to further divide Ed and I. He never asked me if I was okay or if I wanted to talk. This was no friendship at all. I finished the tour but doubled my efforts to produce films in order to get out. I needed Aurora more than ever.

To throw sand on the wound, my business manager called me to tell me the band had had discussions about me paying for my flight home and back. I couldn’t respond. Thankfully, Patrick and Chad came to my defense.

I made a personal resolution to let Live in Ed’s hands. I no longer responded to emails and I limited my participation in every way possible. I would try and be a professional musician. Show up, play my 12 notes and return home with as little drama as possible. We filmed Live, at the Paradiso in two nights. When I saw the magic that was on camera, I was overcome by emotion. We had documented the energy and efforts of a 20-year career together. The photographs captured it too and they are some of my favorites. When the album artwork showed up with Chad, Patrick and I in black and white and Ed in color it shot pain through my veins but I held back.

For some reason on that tour Ed would complain about the tuning of my guitar each and every night in the dressing room following the show. He would call Patrick at all hours of the night asking if we sounded okay. I had long talks with the techs. I begged someone to give me anything tangible that I could work on or fix. The board tapes sounded fine but the constant complaining was driving me mad. It was sucking the life out of me on stage. Ed demanded that we return to having a keyboardist, as it would be easier for him to sing to “solid” notes. I agreed and suggested a few options. At this point I was reaching for anything that would change the tension and heal the dynamic between Ed and the band.

My wife flew out to Chicago for our Anniversary. She brought with her the incredible news that my longtime friend and guitar tech was about to have twins with his bride, Lisa’s sister, Tricia. Matt didn’t know and I was sworn to secrecy. I knew Matt would be leaving the tour to go home and raise his family. I was so happy for him but it left me with one less person to lean on.

We decided to have a very rare band meeting to discuss keyboardist options. Ed had suggested that Michael “Raylo” Railton make a return, as we had little to no time to rehearse with someone who didn’t know the material. We had all heard that he had cleaned himself up and was sober after a long bought with crystal meth, the main reason he was no longer with us. Chad Gracey flipped out and said absolutely no way. When Ed asked him why he hated Raylo so much, Chad responded because he is a selfish drug addict who was bringing drugs, drug dealers and poor energy into his band. It was a very fair answer.

Raylo came back but only lasted a few gigs before he fell off the wagon. I sat with him in a very agitated state on a long bus ride to another show. He was talking a mile a minute and had wild eyes. I knew he had taken something but I wasn’t sure what. When we woke up in the morning Raylo was already in the hotel. We heard stories about him trying to help our assistant Corey with unloading the luggage. He was on a major bender. We soon discovered that nearly all of the vodka on the bus was gone. Raylo had drank over two fifths of vodka to himself. He had to go.

I walked with Patrick and our tour manager Bill Thompson to Raylo’s room and knocked on the door. When he answered we couldn’t see anything. The room was pitch black and it was 3 pm. Raylo could barely open his eyes. This would be the second time I had to fire him and it wouldn’t be easy. He cried and we hugged. Music was Raylo’s life but drugs were taking it from him. There was nobody who wanted him to succeed more than me but it just wasn’t meant to be. I called home to my kids and talked to them about the dreadful effect that drugs could have on your life. I told them about how desperately Raylo wanted to play music but he couldn’t overcome his addiction.

The tour ended and we headed home for break but for the first time in years there were no more plans to work on anything new or even tour for that matter. In one tour we had lost Matt Gracey and for the second time Raylo. We had a few European shows to play in the near future but no heavy touring.

While in The Hague, just before we were ready to go onstage Ed pulled me aside and asked me if I had seen the email he had sent out. I told him I hadn’t and he said we had to have a serious talk. It turned out that he was looking at my MySpace page and noticed that when the song “Heaven” began to play it said it was “by Chad Taylor.” He was enraged. He told me that for years he had been hearing stories about “my” songwriting and that I had even told a few people that I was writing “his” lyrics. This was maddening as I had no idea what he was talking about and knew I had never written “by Chad Taylor” on the MySpace page. I told him that I loved him and would never do anything to hurt him but he clearly wasn’t ready to hear me. We hit the stage in front of 50,000 Live fans and Ed and I ignored each other the entire show. Now I was pissed off too.

After the show, I went to my room and checked the MySpace page and sure enough in the player under the title “Heaven” it said “by Chad Taylor.” It turns out that the MySpace page defaults the song performance credit to the page holder’s name. In my case Chad Taylor. I was livid. Why didn’t he just simply call me or walk over to my room and ask me what was up? I sat in the hotel bar with Patrick, Chad and Bill Thompson as I tearfully held back my rage. This was insane if not pathological. Why was Ed coming at me so hard? Why couldn’t he give me some fucking space? Why was he snooping around on my MySpace page anyway?

I addressed an open letter to Live and our management declaring that I had never written a single Live lyric in my life. Frankly, I don’t even know the words to most of the songs. I could tell you the drum patterns and melodies but I’ve never had much interest in writing lyrics. I told Ed in this letter that my original passion for writing songs was as a canvas for his words. They were outside of the box, just like my music. Why now did he want to re-credit the entire catalog of past songs? Live was never his alone but he was sure acting like it. A close friend of mine gave me some very good advice. She said, “If you can give something and you won’t, you have to ask yourself why you won’t give it.” I knew in this case that she was right so I told Ed and the rest of the band it was theirs to determine the future and past destiny. I knew no effort to reclaim the past would change the vision that our fans had as of as a foursome. We were and will always be equals no matter who says differently or what the liner notes read.

The final blow came as I landed at LAX headed to play Ellen DeGeneres’s show. She had asked us to perform for her birthday. Gary Kurfirst had suddenly passed away. He had found us when we were ‘just’ 17 at C.B.G.B’s and had been involved with us until the day he died. My relationship with him wasn’t on good terms either. He rarely communicated with anyone in the band outside of Ed and I resented him for it. The lowest of lows set in for me. We would have to play Lighting Crashes as Ellen had personally requested it; we were now the heritage act I dreaded. I dawned dark shades and prayed the cameras wouldn’t catch my sorrow. I loved Gary for finding us but loathed him for supporting a system that divided my band. I wasn’t so much sad for him but for the future of the band. I had had enough.

I lost track of my “creative” buddies in Live. I didn’t write a single song for nearly six years. Recently, Patrick, Chad and I began jamming together and writing. The old spirit that birthed on Newberry Street had returned. There was a fire that I hadn’t felt in over ten years. Chad and Patrick felt it too but there was no Ed, just like the early days of middle school. It was just music. No pressure. No outside influence and nothing weighted or contrived. We were back in York with the original line-up.

So the dream begins again. We are going to find our singer and find a way to make the earnest, heartfelt rock n’ roll that the three of us love. We want the best for Ed and his music too. Hopefully he finds the happiness that the three of us share. It’s been a very long struggle for him to find his spiritual center but without the drama, I would have never pushed myself to find new creative outlets.

I’ve now completed fund raising and production on my first feature length film, “HOME.” It stars Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden. It had a short run in theaters and won some acclaim on the festival circuit. I am very proud of writer/director Mary Haverstick. You have no idea how hard she had to work to bring this intimately close story to life. My second role as producer is for our very own Aurora Films. It is a movie called, “Another Harvest Moon” and has a notorious cast attached. Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine headlines with Doris Roberts, Anne Meara, Cybil Shepperd and Richard Schiff. I worked my ass off on this film. I even drove the production truck to and from the set with props. In fact, when I pulled into the dock at the local hospital where we were borrowing a bed, the equipment manager nearly fell over when I jumped out of the truck.

There is no result without hard work. Hopefully the three of us find new success in music, film and television. I’m willing to take the risk. The fans that have supported Live’s music for all of these years are incredible and I hope they see the efforts Chad, Patrick and I make as a gift to their loyalty. We never want to take away from the music that Live made but rather add to it another dimension of understanding and resolution. I was always amazed at the depth of perception held by many of our most loyal fans. I read on many occasions’ thoughts and feelings about our music that echoed my very own. You helped push us when we needed pushed and held us up when we couldn’t stand. We hope you’ll stick with us for another 20-year ride.

BIRDS OF PRAY, 2003 (Santa Monica, CA) age, 32 yrs.

Ed finally called me to tell me that he no longer felt the urge to write to my material. When I called Gary Kurfirst, he encouraged me to let Ed and find another outlet for my creative energies. For a short period of time, I joined forces with Jason Narducy in his band, Verbow. Jason would later become the bassist for Bob Mould (told you it was strange). During this period, I tried hard to let Ed have his creative freedom while I experienced playing in small clubs again with Verbow. It was good for me and the influence has lasted ever since. After a few months, Ed called to tell me that he had compiled the songs that would become our sixth album. He held the phone close to his guitar as he played me Heaven. I knew it was a hit for sure and couldn’t wait to adapt it to the band format. We agreed to meet in Nashville to get the band tuned into the material. This was all very new but I was willing to try a new process. To my surprise we did spontaneously write the chorus to Like I Do from one of Ed’s verse ideas that hadn’t been fully developed. My only contribution otherwise was Lighthouse. I loved the melody to Heaven (and I’m sure Miley Cyrus recently ripped a bit of it in The Climb) but wasn’t sure how our rocker fans base would feel about the lyrics. This isn’t to say that I didn’t love the lyrics; after all, I look at my daughters…you know. There are no outtakes that I know of and Jim Wirt worked really hard to fashion a contemporary album but it never felt like the Live I loved. We never let it rip in the studio and every once of it was tracked (a fatal flaw in my opinion…geez, I’m writing that a lot). These songs really came to life on stage! Wings for example (from SFBM) would literally win over nearly any audience we played it for and could have been one of the greatest Live songs had it just been set free (pun intended). The rub between Ed’s way and the bands way was getting worse but we really did try and tolerate each other for the sake of the band and its fans. We knew there would be ups and downs in a career that had lasted lifetimes longer than any of our expectations. Again, I'm not implying a "right or wrong" just a different approach. The point is to show how our search for the art did begin to divide somewhat naturally.

I think I cover SFBM in the section above. There are no outtakes that I’m aware of.

There you have it – the total recording summation of LIVE. There are tons and tons of recordings of live performances dating all the way back to the CBGB showcases. On my extended breaks from touring, I promise to continue releasing material when I can. We are currently putting together a pretty amazing Secret Samadhi bundle that will be offered through FriendsOfLive closer to Christmas.

On a final note, I’ve forgiven Ed and myself for any bullshit between us. I am trying hard to only recall the amazing run we had. We worked tirelessly to bring you together and once again, we’ll use our music to connect with you. From First Aid to Action Front to Rattlebox to Paisley Blues to Public Affection to Jumna to Live we’ve always just been Chad, Chad, Ed and Patrick; four individuals with a collective vision that lasted more than 25 years. Thanks Dmitry for writing on behalf on Live fans everywhere. I hope you will continue to support our artistic endeavors! See you on the road sometime soon.

Warmest regards,

Chad Taylor

• posted by dangum on july 19th, 2010
Chad Taylor to make unreleased Live tracks available
According to a couple of messages on Chad Taylor's Twitter and Facebook accounts, a number of unreleased Live tracks will be made available this year.
"On the beach. The calm before the storm. Oh & new LIVE material in the works. Can't say what right now but you'll like it! " - Chad Taylor on Twitter

"Vacation was just what I needed! I loved swimming in the ocean with my girls and spending an extended time free from work. I'm ready to get back to the studio. I've got TGF B-Sides, new Adam Taylor & new Live material to jump into. I might throw in a Georgie Case track for the fun of it." - Chad Taylor on Facebook

"The Live stuff is not new material but some vaulted media that needs our attention before the TGF tour. Christmas time is coming and we really want a special package to offer our diehard fans." Chad Taylor on Facebook

It is unclear how these tracks will be distributed and whether they were be digital downloads or will be released on CD, but keep an eye on Chad's Twitter and Facebook profiles for the latest... [Credit: OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on july 18th, 2010
Ed to tour Australia in October/November
According to an article on the TripleM radio website,Ed Kowalczyk and his new band will be heading to Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2010.
So far, no actual dates have been announced but keep an eye on www.edkowalczyk.com for official news.
[Credit: maccaz69]
• posted by dangum on july 17th, 2010
FaceCulture: 5 part Ed Kowalczyk video interview
Blurb from FaceCulture.nl site.
"Video interview with American singer and ex-Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk about his solo album Alive, quitting Live, looking back, the need for change, accusations of former band members, Grace, Haiti, making Alive, interest block, inspiration, explosion, special songs, future collaborations, and more! (10/05/2010)"
The 22 minute interview can be streamed at the following site: http://www.faceculture.nl/artist.php?id=909

If you would prefer to download each video onto your computer, then follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/EdKFaceCultureMay2010
[Credit: SecretInsomnia]
• posted by dangum on july 12th, 2010
Alive now available for purchase
Ed's debut album 'Alive' is now available for purchase on CD and for download on iTunes in both the USA and Europe.
Here are some links:
Alive on the US iTunes store (includes bonus track 'Eat Your Love')
Alive on the US Amazon store (downloadable MP3s)
Alive on the US Amazon store (CD version)
Alive CD/DVD (European version) also includes a bonus DVD
Alive CD (US version) purchase direct from Ed Kowalczyk's online store

Australian fans will be able to purchase the Alive CD locally on July 16th, 2010.
Please let us know what you think of the album at the Fans of Live Forum!
• posted by dangum on july 7th, 2010
Ed K & The Gracious Few singles released on iTunes/Amazon
"Honest Man", the lead single from The Gracious Few is now available to download through iTunes and Amazon.com
Ed Kowalczyk's "Grace" is also available through the US iTunes store as well as Amazon.com
• posted by dangum on june 8th, 2010
Premiere of music video for Grace
Dutch radio station 3FM has premiered a video for Ed's debut single, "Grace". The video can bee seen here or directly via YouTube
[Credit: Live inside]
• posted by dangum on june 1st, 2010
The Gracious Few debut performance
The Gracious Few performed their very first pubilc show tonight at Fat Daddy's.
Forum member "Aitkens" was able to take a photo of the setlist which can be seen below:

1. Appetite
2. The Few
3. Tredecim
4. Honest Man
5. Far Behind (Candlebox cover)
6. Guilty Fever
7. Nothing but Love
8. What's Wrong
9. Silly Thing
10. The Rest of You
11. Lakini's Juice (Live cover)
-- encore --
12. Closer
13. Cryin Time
14. All I Hear
15. Sing

Aitkens was the first person in line (he lined up at 12pm) and was interviewed in a news report for television channel Fox 43.
Below are two news reports from Fox 43 that feautre interviews with band members and sound check footage.
Fox 43 News - May 27 The Gracious Few
Fox 43 News - May 27 The Gracious Few (10pm news report)
Fox 43 - May 27 Interview with The Gracious Few
[Credit: Aitkens, OutToDry]
• posted by dangum on may 27th, 2010
The Gracious Few perform a FREE show in PA (May 27th, 2010)
The Gracious Few will be performing for the first time in public at a free show in York PA on May 27th. The venue is a secret and it will be announced on May 26th at www.thegraciousfew.com
• posted by dangum on may 22nd, 2010
The Gracious Few first radio interview on PA radio WQXA 105.7
The Gracious Few's appeared on PA radio station WQXA 105.7 this morning for their first interview and performed a special acoustic rendition of 'Appetite'.
You can download a radio rip of 'Appetite' from here:
Appetite (acoustic)
The complete interview can be downloaded from here:
TGF 105.7 The X Thu May 20 2010 Part 1 - Part 4
[Credit: 'OutToDry' and 'Infrequent Poster'] • posted by dangum on may 20th, 2010
The Gracious Few unveils new website
The Gracious Few's official website is finally up and running. Check out all the latest The Gracious Few news, multimedia and Kevin's blogs over at: www.thegraciousfew.com
• posted by dangum on may 15th, 2010
Ed performs new tracks on Dutch radio program "Giel"
Ed Kowalczyk and band used the Dutch radio program Geil to debut a track from his forthcoming album "Alive".
'Just in Time', first single 'Grace' and Live classic 'I Alone' were performed on air along with a quirky interview with Ed.
Videos of all three tracks can be found below:
Just in Time
I Alone
An mp3 of the interview can be downloaded from here:
Giel - 3FM - 12 May 2010 Ed Kowalczyk is back - Nieuws.mp3
or streamed from here: http://www.3fm.nl/nieuws/detail/345315/Ed-Kowalczyk-is-back
• posted by dangum on may 12th, 2010
'Tredecim' mp3 released to TGF mailing list subscribers
Subscribers of The Gracious Few's mailing list received a surprise today when an email arrived containing a link the a new track called 'Tredecim'. If you weren't on the mailing list, you can still subscribe and the MP3 will be sent to you.
Sign up at The Gracious Few website or at their Facebook page.
Update: You can hear full versions of 'Honest Man' and 'Tredecim' over at The Gracious Few MySpace page.
• posted by dangum on may 8th, 2010
'Honest Man' named as first TGF single
The first single by The Gracious Few was premiered on Minnesota (93X) radio today. "Honest Man" is scheduled for radio release on May 11 but check out the Fans of Live forum for a recording.
Honest Man
• posted by dangum on april 30th, 2010
Ed solo album details
Ed's new solo album will be entitled "Alive" and is scheduled for release this summer. The release dates are as follows:
June 25th, 2010 in Europe.
July 2nd, 2010 in Australia and New Zealand.
July 6th, 2010 in North America.

The lead single is called "Grace" and can be streamed at www.edkowalczyk.com
According to www.amazon.com, the track listing will be:
1. Drive
2. The Great Beyond
3. Stand
4. Grace
5. Drink (Everlasting Love)
6. Zion
7. In Your Light
8. Just in Time
9. Rome
10. Soul Whispers
11. Fire on the Mountain
12. Sweet Surrender

[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on april 29th, 2010
Ed Kowalczyk and The Gracious Few on Facebook
With Ed Kowalczyk tour dates being announced on a regular basis and the possibility of a world tour for The Gracious Few, 2010 promises to be an exciting year.
Both Ed and The Gracious Few have setup Facebook pages where you can be kept up to date with all the latest information as well as connecting with other fans.
Ed Kowalczyk on Facebook / The Gracious Few on Facebook

Check out our links page for additional Twitter, Facebook and Offical site links.
• posted by dangum on march 25th, 2010
New Ed Kowalczyk single 'Grace' debut on 99x...
Later in the afternoon, Ed appeared on Atlanta radio station 99x along with Art Alexakis (of Everclear) to debut his latest single called "Grace". An MP3 of the track can be downloaded from:
http://rapidshare.com/files/362232469/GRACE-EK_for_stream_.mp3 or

Some footage from the 99x session has been uploaded to the 99x website:
Ed performing I Alone acoustically
QA session with Lewis
Skullcandy Mixup Challenge
Edit: March 11, 2010

[Credit: iateyourcookie]
• posted by dangum on march 10th, 2010
Ed interview and performance on Good Day Atlanta...
Ed appeared on Fox 5's 'Good Day Atlanta' this morning and for a brief interview as well as an acoustic performance of "I Alone". Footage from the show can be streamed by clicking here.
If you would prefer a download of the interview and performance, then use one of the following links: http://www.mediafire.com/?guhzyoy2ydm or http://rapidshare.com/
• posted by dangum on march 10th, 2010
8 audio samples from The Gracious Few...
Fans of The Gracious Few will be pleased to hear the TGF have uploaded an audio sampler of 8 tracks on their Facebook site. The sampler compilation runs for 4 minutes and can be streamed from here: The Gracious Few - A Gracious Sample
The audio can also be downloaded to your MP3 player by using one of the following links:
www.rapidshare.com/files/355656018/TGF_Sampler_-_Feb_2010.m4a or www.mediafire.com/?5jkdzvzzycy
• posted by dangum on february 23rd, 2010
Ed covers Kings of Leon track...
Ed has uploaded a cover version of "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon on his YouTube account.
The video features Ed singing acoustically on his own in front of a web-cam. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=771-zXPxDm8
• posted by dangum on february 22nd, 2010
Ed announces new band lineup...
Ed has announced on his blog page the members of his new band. The following musicians will be touring with Ed.
Ramy Antoun - Drums
Chris Heerlein - Bass
Adam Kowalczyk - Rhythm Guitar/Background Vocals
James Gabbie - Lead Guitar
• posted by dangum on february 21st, 2010
Unreleased Live tracks made available to Homespun members...
Homespun subscribers recieved a late Christmas present this week when the 2009 FOL Holiday Gift was released. Two previously unreleased tracks (Photograph and Mall Rat) were made available to download along with a message from Patrick Dahlheimer. Pat's message is below:

It was the winter of 1996 when Chad Gracey, Chad Taylor, Ed Kowalczyk, and I gathered in snow covered Pennsylvania to record demos for the record that would become Secret Samadhi. We set up shop in Columbia, PA, a small river town directly between York and Lancaster. The Churchbox Studio was a fantastic “renovated” Lutheran church that used the pulpit section as the drum riser and the old pew sections were now home to amplifiers and mics. Jay Sorentino was the co-owner and engineer at the studio. He also made sure that the original pipe organ still worked and we were amazed how it sounded on the version of “Ghost” from that session. We cranked out about 15 songs in three days without a stumble. Our magical music machine was still running smooth. “Mall Rat” and “Photograph” are both taken from these demos recorded in PA. When I listen to them again for the first time in 14 years I can remember the smell of the old wood in the recording room and the shape and feel of the neck on the Fender bass that I played.

As our 2009 Holiday Gift we have allowed all FOL Homespun Members access to these two never before released demo recordings. To downlaod these tracks just login to your Friends Of Live Homespun account and download the songs. You can access your account by going to the Live Official Online Store and click on the "Manage Your Account" link at the bottom of the store page. If you do not have your Homespun password you can have a one time login e-mailed to you. Once logged in you can update your password to whatever you like. You can change you password by clicking on the "Edit" link in your account.

I hope you can listen to these songs and enjoy them for what they really are, a piece of great Live history.

My best to each and everyone of you,
Patrick Dahlheimer
Come discuss these new songs on the Fans of Live message board:
2009 FOL Holiday Gift
• posted by dangum on january 29th, 2010
Eddie K - Light of Day Benefit audio recording...
On the 16th of January 2010, Ed performed at the annual "Light Of Day" Benefit at Asbury Park. Bruce Springsteen headlined the show with Ed being one of the support acts. Ed performed a short acoustic set which included an unreleased track called "Everlasting Love".
An audio recording was made by an audience member and is available via bitTorrent or direct download.
The setlist was as follows:

1. I Alone
2. The Distance
3. Selling The Drama
4. Everlasting Love
5. All Over You
6. The Dolphin's Cry
7. Heaven
7. Lightning Crashes

Links to the performance can be found in the the following thread on the Fans of Live message board:
[Torrent] Light Of Day Benefit 2010-01-16 Eddie Kowalczyk
[Credit: brianblank]
• posted by dangum on january 29th, 2010
Live in Germany pro-shot DVD (2006) for download...
In April 2006, Live performed a show in Germany which was filmed for the Rockpalast television program. Details about the setlist can be seen below:

LIVE - Palladium, Koln 2006-04-09 (PAL_DVD)
Length 64 minutes(Main Feature- 77 Mins incl bonus footage)
Size 4.03GB

1. All Over You
2. Selling The Drama
3. The River
4. Mystery
5. They Stood Up For Love
6. Sofia
7. Lakini's Juice
8. The Dolphin's Cry
9. I Alone
10. Heaven
11. Interview
12. Show
13. The Beauty Of Grey
14. Run To The Water
15. White, Discussion

Performed, but not broadcast
Run Away
Lightning Crashes


Dutch TV Show Jensen
Broadcast 2006-04-12

Only Ed Kowalczyk interviewed and performed

1. Interview
2. Overcome (acoustic)
3. The River (acoustic)

Screenshots, additional details and links to where you can download this DVD can be found in the link below:

[DVD] Koln, 2006-04-09 + Jensen (Ed interview + acoustic)
• posted by dangum on january 22nd, 2010
Studio version of 'Zion' available to download...
As well as giving away free concert recordings and complimentary fan club memberships, Ed has also made available a studio version of a new song from his forthcoming album. Fan club members can download a Quicktime video of 'Zion' (new promo photos accompany the track) by logging into the fan club section of www.eddieklive.com

Alternatively, you can download the video from the following link:
An MP3 version of the track can be downloaded from here: (courtesy of Badman)
• posted by dangum on december 17th, 2009
Free membership to Eddie K fan club...
Ed has very generously offered a free 1 year's membership to his fan club. Also included are 10 video and 16 audio downloads of a recent Eddie K solo concert from London. Full details are below:


Greetings all! I love this time of year; the thanksgiving, the sharing of gifts, the closeness of friends and family. So, what better way to acknowledge some of the most important people in my life, you my fans, than filling your inbox with two awesome gifts! The first gift is a FREE One Year Membership to the brand new EDDIEKLIVE Fanclub (a $30 Value!). The second gift is Bootleg Volume 8, an audio/video document of a very special evening from my acoustic world tour as it made its way to London, England. It consists of 16 MP3's and 10 music vids and I'm sure you will experience some of the incredible intimacy and joy that we all shared on that wonderful evening in July (a $20 Value!).

As a member of my new fanclub, you can expect the full inside scoop on all things EK. Exclusive ticket pre-sales for my concerts, unique gifts, (ever wanna know what inspired a certain lyric? how about the chance to talk to me on the phone about it? YES, we will be doing that! ) AND you'll be able to login to a special area of eddieklive.com dedicated to "members only"; smile as you glide past the virtual velvet rope, wink at the bouncer, and get up close and personal with me in the EKL Fanclub VIP area lol.)

Also as a member you can click your way TODAY to a SNEAK PEAK of a song from my new album to be released in 2010. You will hear it first!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and support. I can't think of receiving any greater gift than to be able to share with you this exciting new phase of my life and career.

Lots of love,
Eddie Kowalczyk

PS: Through December 31, 2009, 10% of every purchase in the eddieklive.com store will be donated to the wonderful groups supported by my charitable organization, Everlasting Arms!

Click on the link below to setup your free EKL Fan Club membership:
• posted by dangum on december 17th, 2009
Ed on Dutch TV (2 Meter Sessies)...
On the 12th of December Ed appeared on the Dutch television program '2 Meter Sessies'. The program consisted of an in-depth interview with Ed, archive 2 Meter Sessies footage (non Live) and an in studio acoustic performance by Ed.
Ed performed 'Everlasting Love' and 'Lightning Crashes'. Although the program was broadcast in December, it is believed that the recording was made on October 1st, 2009.
The entire program can be streamed online via the following link:

If you would prefer to download the video, then BERLINONE has provided such a link:

Thanks to Badman, MP3 versions of 'Everlasting Love' and 'Lightning Crashes' can be downloaded from here:
• posted by dangum on december 14th, 2009
The end of Live...
Chad Taylor has written 2 letters to fans, explaining that the 2 year hiatus is to become permanent.
The first letter was sent through the Friends of Live mailing list and a second more detailed version was posted to his blog site.
Both can be read below:

A personal message from Chad Taylor:

Dead Friend of Live,

Let me start by thanking you for your many years of devoted loyalty to our music. Bands are lucky if they have one hit and fade away but in the case of Live, you kept us relevant for more than 20 years. Today I am writing you as a fan of the band with sad news.

As many of you know, Live was having a hard time keeping things together. After many years of friendship, love and laughter it became clear that things had run their course. I was in denial. Our working relationship with Ed had grown cold and we were only on limited speaking terms for the last several months. We agreed for the sake of the bands future to take a break and announced the hiatus. During that time period we discovered a contract executed in 2005 that engaged the bands company into a legal obligation that did not have majority consent from the band. Ed’s signature was the only one required.

We were fast to try and open communication with Ed or his legal team but got no reply. Our hiatus had fast turned into a break up. Chad, Patrick and I have no plans to replace Ed at this point in time, however, he will no longer be a member of our band. We are excited by the opportunities ahead of us and will look to enjoin forces with vocalists and instrumentalists that will hold high the ideals set forth by the band and its fans. Yes, there may be future Live recording and tours but we are all very realistic that it will never be the same without Ed. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be great.

Like you, we are greatly saddened by the discoveries we made but as many of you know, life has a way of sorting things out. Ed will always be tied to Live and we will never make attempts to shadow his considerable lyrical and melodic contributions to our music.

Stay tuned to FOL for more details on our future plans. I would also ask that we all take the time to remember the positive energy Ed, Chad, Patrick and I spent so many years pushing forward. I’m trying hard myself to not be judgmental and let life flow freely around me.

Chad Taylor

On behalf of Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer
Link to FOL email

Monday, November 30, 2009
Not the ending I wished for

There have been tons of crazy rumors surrounding the hiatus of LIVE. I have read quite a few and laughed at the extremely creative imaginations of our fans. I’ve been reluctant to fan the flames but the rumors are getting further away from the truth and I will try to set the record straight from my standpoint.

First and foremost, Ed has every legal right to perform the songs he helped birth while being the front man for LIVE. The copyrights for these songs are owned by Chad Gracey, Patrick Dahlheimer, Ed Kowlalczyk and myself. Ed does not control the catalog but rather the bands publishing company, Black Coffee Publishing, Inc. Black Coffee is a majority rule corporation.

Yes, it is true, there was a hidden publishing contract singed in 2005. I personally discovered it via a communication breakdown. Ed is listed as the only signature. When I wrote him to find some resolution to the situation, he failed to respond. I have left these matters to our attorneys who will no doubt file a complaint. Honestly, I don’t care about the financial/legal outcome of these matters, the proof is on the page. Ed was able to stab his three best friends from middle school in the back. This act was far down the line from typical rock star ego. As you can imagine I am deeply hurt and wounded.

In light of these matter, I can’t ever see myself working with Ed, let alone ever being in the same room with him. LIVE was always about the band, when Ed lost sight of that in favor of his own ambitions and goals, our considerable fans base began to sigh a collective yawn.

As band mates and friends and despite the lack of fresh material we continued to support Ed with all of our integrity. The final blow was Ed’s request for a $100,000 “lead singer bonus” to perform as surprise guests at this years Pink Pop Festival. I was informed of his request by our management and politely told them to “fuck off.”

Ed will no longer be the vocalist for the band LIVE. At this point in time, we have made no official plans to replace him but it is clear that he is no friend of mine or the lifelong fans of LIVE.

I have focused my energy on creating new music with The Gracious Few. I look forward to seeing many LIVE fans in the audience at our shows. Patrick, Chad and I have made a pledge to honor our long shared history with the fans of LIVE. You will always be graciously welcome in our house.


Chad Taylor
Link to Chad's blog
• posted by dangum on november 30th, 2009
2010 Open Wings Broken Strings tour dates...
Ed will be continuing his "Open Wings Broken Strings" tour with Art Alexakis of Everclear and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer as he travels to Nevada, Colorado and Florida in early 2010. See the tour page for a list of tour dates.
• posted by dangum on november 25th, 2009
Ed to release a concert DVD featuring Metropole Orchestra...
According to a recent post on Ed's Twitter page, the October 3rd concert with the Metropole Orchestra is to be released on DVD.
The DVD will be directed by Norbert Paak, who also worked on the Live's Paradiso DVD.
The release date has not been announced.
• posted by dangum on october 5th, 2009
Ed performs new song "Everlasting Love"...
On October 3rd, Ed performed with the Metropole Orchestra in Holland. Ed debuted a brand new track called "Everlasting Love".
A video of the performance has been uploaded onto YouTube and can be found here:
A link to a downloadable version of the track can be found here:
[Credit: TearSong]
• posted by dangum on october 4th, 2009
Ed in studio recording solo album...
According to recent Twitter and blog posts, Ed is currently in Austin, Texas recording tracks for his forthcoming solo album. Producing the album will be CJ Erickson. CJ has worked with artists such as U2 and Matchbox 20 and more recently on Live tracks "Purifier" and "Forever".
Other artists contributing to Ed's music include drummer Ramy Antoun. Ed's album is scheduled for release in the spring of 2010.
• posted by dangum on september 21st, 2009
Jerry Harrison to produce upcoming 'The Gracious Few' album...
According to a recent post on Twitter by Chad Taylor, Jerry Harrison will be the producer of the upcoming album by 'The Gracious Few'.
The Gracious Few is a group consisting of Kevin Martin (vocalist from Candlebox), Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Sean Hennesy (guitarist from Candlebox). The band is currently in California writing new music.
The album is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2010.
Keep an eye on The Gracious Few's Twitter site for all the latest...
• posted by dangum on september 21st, 2009
California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey dates added...
Three new Ed solo tour dates have recently been annouced.
August 28 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
October 23, 2009 - Stroudsburg, PA
October 24, 2009 - Morristown, NJ - Morristown's Community Theatre
On sale dates and details can be found on the tour page.
[Credit: SJN1279, crazy1]
• posted by dangum on august 11th, 2009
eTown - Boulder, CO audience recording...
An audio recording of etown (The Del McCoury Band & Eddie Kowalczyk) has recently been uploaded to TheTradersDen.org
The concert featured separate sets from The Del McCoury Band and Ed Kowalczyk and finished with a version of the Bob Dylan track "Maggie's Farm" performed by The Del McCoury Band, Eddie Kowalczyk & The etones.
Links to the performance can be found in the following thread of the Multimedia forum:
[Torrent] etown/Eddie 2009-07-23 - Boulder, CO
[Credit: brianblank]
• posted by dangum on august 10th, 2009
Live members to form band with Candlebox singer...
Kevin Martin of Candlebox has confirmed in a recent Youtube video interview that he is working with Chad Taylor, Pat Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey on a new project.
The band has said that they will announce their name shortly with an album and supporting tour to soon follow.
• posted by dangum on august 2nd, 2009
Ed records new track - "Dirty Water, Lotus Flower"...
Ed has collaborated with Indian-American musician Karsh Kale to record a track called "Dirty Water, Lotus Flower".
Ed has uploaded this new song to his website. Click on the link below to listen!
• posted by dangum on july 29th, 2009
Cleveland, OH audio recording available...
An excellent audience audio recording of Live's second last show (July 18, 2009 - Cleveland, OH) is available to download at DimeaDozen.org. This show includes infrequently played tracks such as Supernatural, Gas Hed Goes West and Hold Me Up.

For the full setlist and link to download the show, head over to the Multimedia forum, in particular the following thread:
[Torrent] Live 2009-07-18 Cleveland, OH
• posted by dangum on july 21st, 2009
2009 Fans Of Live Cover Contest...
The 2009 Fans of Live Cover Contest begins today and will run thru to September 21st. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner and runner-up. For full details on this year's contest, please visit the +LIVE+ cover contest thread on the message board.
• posted by dangum on july 5th, 2009
Live to take a 2 year break...
Music news website Alternative Addiction has reported the news that Live are planning to take a break from recording and touring together as Live. "Announced via various band members' twitter pages, Live will be taking a two year hiatus to work on other projects. Several of the band members made it very clear that the break was only temporary."

Ed is currently focusing on a number of solo tour dates, while Chad Taylor and Chad Gracey are recording new music together. Up-to-date information can be found on the following sites which are maintained by the band members themselves:

Chad Taylor - www.twitter.com/thechadtaylor
Chad Gracey - www.twitter.com/thechadagracey
Ed Kowalczyk - www.twitter.com/eddieklive
Ed Kowalczyk - www.eddieklive.com
• posted by dangum on july 3rd, 2009
Ed to tour Australia in August - Dates announced!...
Dates for Ed's solo tour have been announced for this August. Ed will be performing intimate shows on the following dates:

Aug   9, 2009 - Brisbane, QLD - The Tivoli
Aug 12, 2009 - Perth, WA - Octagon Theatre
Aug 15, 2009 - Melbourne, VIC - The Forum
Aug 18, 2009 - Adelaide, SA - Norwood Concert Hall
Aug 19, 2009 - Sydney, NSW - Enmore Theatre

Check the tour page for venue and ticketing details.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 10th, but a pre sale will be occuring for Homespun members on July 7th.
Credit [www.eddieklive.com]
• posted by dangum on july 2nd, 2009
Ed to tour Australia in August...
Ed recently posted on his Twitter page that he will be performing solo in Australia in August this year. Dates have yet to be released but as soon as they are annouced they will be posted here.
• posted by dangum on june 28th, 2009
Ed's solo European & US tour dates...
Ed will be performing a number of solo shows throughout Europe and the USA this June and July:
June 26, 2009 - Gent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs
June 27, 2009 - Brouwersdam, Holland - Concert at Sea Festival
June 28, 2009 - Den Haag, Holland - Parkpop Festival
June 30, 2009 - Groningen, Holland - Oosterpoort

July  02, 2009 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
July  03, 2009 - London, UK - Water Rats
July  08, 2009 - Atlanta, GA - Eddie's Attic
July  09, 2009 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater
July  10, 2009 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
July  11, 2009 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish @ HOB
July  23, 2009 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
Aug  23, 2009 - Seattle, WA - Showbox (Layne Staley Tribute)

• posted by dangum on june 25th, 2009
Montreal, QC (band) & El Paso, TX (Ed solo) shows added...
Ed will be performing a solo show in El Paso, TX on the following date:
May 28, 2009 - El Paso TX - Diggs Tavern
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased for $25 through TicketBully
Update: The El Paso show will not be going ahead on May 28. This show will be rescheduled for a later date.

Live will also be performing at the Virgin Festival in Montreal on the following date:
June 20, 2009 - Montreal, QC (Canada) - Virgin Festival
Additional information can be found here: http://www.virginfestival.ca/montreal/
[Credit: SJN1279]
• posted by dangum on may 12th, 2009
Live perform new track called "Believe"...
May 9, 2009 saw the debut of a brand new Live song. "Believe" was performed at the Silver Legacy Casino (Reno, NV) for the very first time.
Thanks to "Ramy", a video from the second ever performance of "Believe" (May 19, 2009 - Anaheim, CA) was filmed and can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
An mp3 ripped from the above video can be downloaded from:
• posted by dangum on may 12th, 2009
Ed solo recording available at www.eddieklive.com...
Ed has uploaded a very recent concert recording from one of his solo run of shows.
'Audio Bootleg Series Volume 1' contains the following tracks from the Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA show on April 20th, 2009:

1. I Alone
2. Sofia
3. Pain Lies on the Riverside
4. Nobody Knows
5. Forever
6. Overcome
7. Beauty of Grey
8. Turn My Head
9. The Dolphin's Cry
10. Lightning Crashes
11. Blowin' in the Wind
12. Heaven
13. Dance with You

Unfortunately, 'Take Me On Up to Zion' and 'Iris' are not included in the download.

Videos of the following tracks are also available to purchase:
1. The Dolphin's Cry
2. Pain Lies on the Riverside
3. Overcome

By purchasing a T-shirt, you can also download the video for 'Nobody Knows'.

Be sure to head over to www.eddieklive.com and support Ed's digital recordings.
• posted by dangum on may 10th, 2009
Gilford (NH), Rama (Canada) and Wesbury (NY) shows added
Friends of Live has annouced a number of new Live tour dates. Live will be performing another show in Canada along with 2 shows in the north east USA.
June 19, 2009 Gilford, NH (Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion) with Candlebox
July 17, 2009 Rama, Ontario Canada (Rama Casino)
July 19, 2009 Westbury, NY (Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury)

See the tour page for ticketing details and on-sale dates.
• posted by dangum on may 10th, 2009
Ed launches Twitter site
Ed is the latest member of Live to start posting on Twitter. In the past week Ed has posted over 90 messages so be sure to check out http://www.twitter.com/eddieklive and keep up to date with Ed's tweets.
• posted by dangum on may 10th, 2009
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