View Full Version : So Ed Kowalczyk is not the singer for Live anymore


Catherine Wheel
10-19-2014, 10:31 AM
The same thing that happened with STP happened with Live. Live were pretty good as far as post grunge goes. Kowalczyk always was an impressive vocalist. And they had some interesting songs early on in their career.

The exploding boy
10-19-2014, 10:43 AM
1 - didn't that happen years ago?

2 - who gives a shit about live?

I CAN FEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL IIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTT


good for you, cause i can't

Shallowed
10-19-2014, 06:53 PM
Reminder - Pearl Jam's third album Throwing Copper has sold over 8 million copies in the US

F.Delacroix
10-19-2014, 06:59 PM
just hearing of this tragic news

Trotskilicious
10-19-2014, 08:17 PM
WOW, BREAKING NEWS - SOMEONE GET KIMANI SHORTER A TWITTER

bye june
10-19-2014, 10:10 PM
Ed and Scott could form a band together.

Cool As Ice Cream
10-20-2014, 02:34 AM
The same thing that happened with STP happened with Live.

OMG ITS ALL PARALLEL THIS CANT BE A COINCIDENCE LETS COMPARE BOTH BANDS I BET WE CAN COME UP WITH MORE SIMILARITIES

Skradgee
10-20-2014, 03:34 AM
:ancient:

I was happy to hear the original lineup at a show in New Hampshire before it changed.

Kowalczyk's Departure

After a concert at The Palazzo in Las Vegas in June 2009, Live announced that the band would take a two-year "hiatus" to work on other projects. Kowalczyk recorded his solo album Alive and the other band members formed a group with Kevin Martin and Sean Hennessy of Candlebox called The Gracious Few.[16] That band proceeded to record a self-titled debut album in California for release in September 2010.

On November 30, 2009, Taylor revealed that the "hiatus" was more likely a permanent split.[17] He alleged that the reasons for the break-up included Kowalczyk's demand of a $100,000 "lead singer bonus" at the 2009 Pinkpop Festival and a 2005 contract making Kowalczyk the sole signatory of Live's Black Coffee Publishing company without the knowledge of the rest of the band.[17] These sentiments were conveyed in an e-mail to fans from the band (minus Kowalczyk) via the mailing list at FriendsofLive.com and on Chad Taylor's official blog. Taylor did, however, leave open the possibility of Live re-forming with a new vocalist.

At the end of May 2010, the other three members of Live filed a lawsuit against Kowalczyk and their former business manager in the New York State Supreme Court.[18] Kowalczyk was asked about the lawsuit in a September 2010 interview but declined to elaborate, saying, "There is a (court) case that is pending, which is why I really don't want to get into it."[18] In June 2011, Kowalczyk told The Salt Lake Tribune, "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."[9] In November 2013, Kowalczyk opened up further about the split to Rolling Stone, noting that the band had agreed to a new publishing arrangement in 2006 in anticipation of Kowalczyk's future plans for a solo career and legal action only commenced in 2009 at the beginning of the announced "hiatus."[7]

Live's return with Chris Shinn as lead singer

Chris Shinn with Live, March 12, 2012.
On June 8, 2011, Chad Taylor revealed that he, Dahlheimer and Gracey will be restarting the band and recording new songs without Kowalczyk. He made no mention of any potential new lead singer, but said that, "We'll have to begin addressing the hole left by our singer's departure." He added that "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."[8] Kowalczyk was critical of the new lineup noting that "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."[7]

The band returned from their nearly three-year hiatus on March 12, 2012, with Chris Shinn, formerly of Unified Theory, as their new lead singer. The new line-up performed before an invited audience at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York. The band performed as a six-piece with The Gracious Few's Sean Hennesy on guitar and Alexander Lefever on keyboards.[10][20] In July 2012, Live commenced more legal proceedings against Ed Kowalczyk, this time for misuse of the band's name while promoting his live performances.[21] Live's first major tour with Shinn was as part of the Summerland Tour 2013, playing 35 shows across the US. Other featured bands were Everclear, Filter and Sponge.[22]

The Turn

The first album to feature Chris Shinn, The Turn, is scheduled for release on 28th October 2014.[11] The album's first single, "The Way Around Is Through," was uploaded to Youtube on September 10, 2014 and was officially released on September 16.

Skradgee
10-20-2014, 03:39 AM
I've listened to that album by The Gracious Few occasionally over the past year or so. It's fine...nothing too ear catching.

How's Ed Kowalczyk's solo stuff?

Trotskilicious
10-20-2014, 04:01 AM
lol what

Cool As Ice Cream
10-20-2014, 04:08 AM
HEY FUZZY CAN YOU PLEASE SHARE YOUR OPINION ABOUT THIS GREAT BAND AND THEIR MASTERPIECE THROWING COPPER AND WHAT ABOUT THEIR OTHER ALBUMS I BET THEYRE PRETTY OK AND THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY ROCK LIVE RIGHT?

Kahlo
10-20-2014, 04:15 AM
So I wonder what Dishwalla are up to these days. I'm sure CW will tell us.

houseofglass11
10-20-2014, 04:18 AM
Some of the songs on 'Secret Samadhi' sound very Gish-esque

smashingjj
10-20-2014, 08:27 AM
So, Freddie Mercury appears to have died! Discuss

smashingjj
10-20-2014, 08:28 AM
The Ed Kowalczycdkskzkdick story is one of the more entertaining ones I think. He asked for a 'lead singer bonus' without having the others know.

Lead Singer Bonus is the name of my new band.

Cool As Ice Cream
10-20-2014, 08:34 AM
Lead Singer Bonus is the name of my new band.

will you be the lead singer of your new band?

fuzzyroes
10-21-2014, 04:40 AM
HEY FUZZY CAN YOU PLEASE SHARE YOUR OPINION ABOUT THIS GREAT BAND AND THEIR MASTERPIECE THROWING COPPER AND WHAT ABOUT THEIR OTHER ALBUMS I BET THEYRE PRETTY OK AND THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY ROCK LIVE RIGHT?

Throwing coppers fucking terrible man. My friend put it on awhile back and it's aged absolutely terribly.

I alone is alright though. It's one of my Kareoke cuts I always go to lol.

I rock all the 90's shit at Kareoke: Crackers Low, I alone, Better than Ezras good, Several Bush songs ETC. Easy to sing and sound good when you're drunk.

Bremang
10-29-2016, 09:03 PM
Seems like Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor, Live's guitarist, were doing an interview together this week and it seems like Live are back together with the original line-up.

25th anniversary of Live is Dec 31, so they might do something at the end of the year

fuzzyroes
10-29-2016, 09:18 PM
I retract my above statement. I was bored on a Thursday night off earlier in the year with nothing to do and Ed was with his new guitarist performing Throwing Copper in it's entirety at the casino nearby. So I decided to go down and do some gambling and buy a ticket for the helluv it and I ended up drinking with some blogger and he had an extra 3rd row center ticket and gave it to me so I ended up selling the ticket I just bought to some other dude going in and essentially went for free.

It was a pretty lame crowd and I think the small theater was only about 3'4ths full but the lead singer put on a pretty good show with the visuals and everything and it was actually a pretty good time. After the show he was very approachable taking pictures with everyone and I got him to sign my ticket stub.

I'd never check him out under any normal circumstances, but during a Thursday with absolutely nothing going on within an hour radius it was pretty legit

fuzzyroes
10-29-2016, 09:20 PM
I think at that time in 2014 on Netphoria I was trying too hard to act like I wasn't some grunge-tard who unequivocally loved that era cause everyone was always roasting me left and right, but the truth is that I guess I kinda am.

Bremang
10-30-2016, 02:42 AM
you had a good time