Live - The 2014Tour
After a tenuous hiatus and a few years of uncertainty for Live, they're back! First playing
the Summerlands Tour in 2013, Live came off strong from a three year break where they toured the country with renowned acts
like Everclear and Filter. With a strong return to the stage, Live is back again at the top of their game as they get ready
to kick off their next tour. This summer Live will be back on the road, starting first with shows at the Turning Stone in
Verona, NY, both Englewood and Atlantic City, NJ, and ending with them playing gigs at the fast growing rock festivals Rock
Fest 2014 (Cadott, WI) and Trails West Festival in St. Joseph, MO. Opportunities to see Live are few and far between - for
fans and the uninitiated alike, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Alive was originally
formed by four childhood friends - Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey, Ed Kowalczyk - during their middle school
years. The band would go through numerous name changes, from Club Fungus to Body Odor Boys. The boys would not perform under
the moniker of Live until the release of their first major EP Four Songs, produced by Jerry Harrison from the legendary Talking
Heads. Quickly finding their niche in the modern rock genre, Four Songs would make serious waves on the charts and on the
airwaves. Further under the tutelage of Talking Head's Jerry Harrison, the band would release their debut album Mental Jewelry
in 1991. Humble in their beginnings, the band members would credit much of their early success to the mentoring of Harrison.
band would continue to experience success up until 2009, when the band announced it would be taking an extended hiatus to
work on other projects. As 2009 wore on rumors started spreading that the "hiatus" would actually end in a full blown split
for the band. Creative differences between the band and lead singer Kowalczyk were said to be at the heart of the problem.
After an ugly court battle, the band would eventually reform with a new singer, Chris Shinn (formerly of Unified Theory).
The new Live would play their first reunion show in York, Pennsylvania in March of 2012, after a three year break.
The band would really heat up with their sophomore album Throwing Copper, eventually leading to
guest spots on Saturday Night Live and MTV's Unplugged. By mid 1995 their album would top the Billboard 200 chart, cementing
Live as one of the hottest rock bands of the decade. With hits like "I alone" and "Lightning Crashes", the band would be iconic
for leading the modern rock genre, taking elements of grunge and alt rock that had burst onto the scene with acts like Nirvana
Following up on their success, Live would release Secret Samadhi in 1997 and again top the charts. At
height of the Live hype, they toured the country with Counting Crows. Crows' lead singer Adam Duritz would join Live for their
performances of their number one hit from The Distance to Here, "The Dolphin's Cry".
Live would continue to experiment
with their sound, moving into a harder, more emotional rock that would be embodied by their hit "Overcome". This single, an
unexpected hit, would be symbol that the band that had outgrown its adolescence and was moving into a somber maturity.
Live fans are sometimes lovingly referred to as "Freaks" by guitarist Chad Taylor. The nickname is a sign
of endearment and fans respond in
kind to messages sent out from the band, with a direct letter from Chad to the fans
opening with "Fellow Freaks".
Live had its fair share of trouble with former frontman Kowalczyk. The band and former
frontman have gotten into several tussles and court confrontations, including Kowalczyk demanding a $100,000 "lead singer
bonus" for performances and the illegal use of the band's name pinned to Kowalczyk's solo performances.
Smith (Dogma, Mallrats) has been a loyal fan of Live for years, trying (unsuccessfully) to license Live's music for two of
his films. It was in 2008, for his film Zack and Miri, that Smith was able to finally include an unreleased live song titled
"Hold Me Up".
The Live Concert Experience
Live has managed to straddle a line between rock and melody
that few other Generation X bands in the modern rock genre are able to accomplish. Even their hardest hitting singles are
intertwined with moments of deep melody and pause, with their performances leading the listener through an emotional rollercoaster
of energetic highs and reflective lows. With their huge catalog of hits spanning over 20 years, Live never fails to deliver
or impress for a long and fantastic show. Whether you're a die-hard fan or casual listener, Live is perfect for a lawn seat
in the back or for head banging front and center.