I guess time does heal all (some?) wounds! Back in 2009, Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk split from the 90s era rockers. There were some lawsuits, some hurt feelings, and eventually a new singer for Live and solo career for Ed.
It appears like the band is moving in a direction that will see the longtime singer returning to fold. He posted on his Facebook a profile pic with the Live logo and this beauty Throwback Thursday of the childhood friends in the early days of the band.
Live got their start in the 80s has high school buddies! The band had a variety of names starting out. When they graduated from high school in the late 80’s they were known as Public Affection and released a cassette. They were playing lots of show sin New York at places like CBGB’s and even earned a record contract. In 1991, they changed their name to Live.
The band went subatomic when they released Throwing Copper in 1994. I think every baby grunger I knew had that album growing up. It featured a bunch of Much Mega Hits like the number modern rock hits “Lightning Crashes” and “Selling the Drama.” Plus “I Alone” and “All Over You.”
The band’s follow up, Secret Samedhi, debut at number 1 in 1997. It ultimately couldn’t replicate the success of Throwing Copper, but did feature a few beauty jammers like “Lakini’s Juice.” (talk about being early on the juice trend!)
Live would wrap the 90s with 99’s The Distance To Here. But now the hype was waning, but not dead yet. the record debuted at #4 and featured the “The Dolphin’s Cry.” The song peaked at #3 on the modern rock charts.
The band would soldier on for another decade through the 2000s but never again reach such great heights. I actually saw Live in Victoria during this period at a smallish club. The live Live set was incredible. It surprised and delighted me.
Time and some bloated egos led to the group of childhood friends splitting. In the summer of 2009 they announced a 2-year hiatus. Ed Kowalczyk would leave to work on other projects. By the fall, the 2-year hiatus was announced as more of a breakup.
Live fired back up with out Ed in 2011. They even recorded an album in 2014 called The Turn with vocalist Chris Shinn.
And no here we are in 2016…. that group of guys that started out in highschool in the 80s have figured their sh** out and signs are point to a reunion of Ed Kowalczyk and Live.