Live

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Live (/laɪv/, often typeset as LĪVE or +LĪVE+) is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums).

Live achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album Throwing Copper, which sold eight million copies in the U.S. The band had a string of hit singles in the mid-1990s including "Lightning Crashes", which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 10 consecutive weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks (now Alternative Songs) chart for nine weeks from February 25 to April 22, 1995. The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Their last three studio albums fared only moderately well in the U.S., but they continued to enjoy success in the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, and Brazil.

When touring, Live has used additional musicians, including Ed Kowalczyk's younger brother Adam, British keyboardist Michael "Railo" Railton, rhythm guitarist Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon, and guitarist Zak Loy of Alpha Rev, Dames Violent and Mothers Anthem.

On November 30, 2009, Taylor revealed that what had initially been termed a two-year hiatus was more likely the end of the band. An acrimonious split soon occurred, with Kowalczyk leaving the band. However, Live continued with singer Chris Shinn and released the album The Turn in October 2014. Kowalczyk rejoined the band in December 2016 and in 2018 they released a new EP "Local 717".
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Albums

MVCM-151 Live - Mental Jewelry album art Live Mental Jewelry (Album) Radioactive MVCM-151 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
RARD-10997 Live - Throwing Copper album art Live Throwing Copper (Album, EP) Radioactive RARD-10997 1994 Sell This Version
94-34 Live - In Concert - New Rock album art Live / Spin Doctors Live / Spin Doctors - In Concert - New Rock(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 94-34 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Live - Concert Broadcast album art Live Concert Broadcast(CD, Promo) Radioactive none US 1994 Sell This Version
none, #95-27 Live - Weinhard's Blue Boar Red Presents The Glastonbury Festival '95 album art PJ Harvey, Live, The Charlatans PJ Harvey, Live, The Charlatans - Weinhard's Blue Boar Red Presents The Glastonbury Festival '95(CD, Promo, S/Edition, Transcription) Henry Weinhard's, Westwood One none, #95-27 US 1995 Sell This Version
RARD-11590, BMGMM-4427 Live - Secret Samadhi album art Live Secret Samadhi (Album) Radioactive RARD-11590, BMGMM-4427 South Korea 1997 Sell This Version
MVCE-24184 Live - The Distance To Here album art Live The Distance To Here (Album) Radioactive MVCE-24184 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
088112485-4 Live - V album art Live V (Album) Radioactive 088112485-4 Thailand 2001 Sell This Version
none Live - Birds Of Pray album art Live Birds Of Pray (Album) Radioactive none Denmark 2003 Sell This Version
82876778732 Live - Songs From Black Mountain album art Live Songs From Black Mountain (Album) Epic 82876778732 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
88697375592 Live - Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam album art Live Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Action Front Records, Vanguard 88697375592 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
none Live - The Turn album art Live The Turn (Album) Think Loud Recordings none US 2014 Sell This Version
none Live - Woodstock ’94 album art Live Woodstock ’94 (Album) Radioactive none 2019

Singles & EPs

RAR T001 Live - Four Songs album art Live Four Songs (Maxi, EP) Radioactive, Radioactive RAR T001 US 1991 Sell This Version
MCS 17871 Live - Operation Spirit album art Live Operation Spirit (Single, Maxi) Radioactive MCS 17871 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
MCADS30183 Live - Mirror Song album art Live Mirror Song (Single) Radioactive MCADS30183 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2299 Live - Pain Lies On The Riverside album art Live Pain Lies On The Riverside (Maxi, Single) Radioactive RAR5P-2299 US 1992 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2285 Live - The Beauty Of Gray album art Live The Beauty Of Gray (EP, Single) Radioactive RAR5P-2285 US 1992 Sell This Version
RAD 32280, rad 32280 Live - I Alone album art Live I Alone (Maxi, Single) Radioactive, Radioactive RAD 32280, rad 32280 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
RAR5P-3083 Live - White, Discussion album art Live White, Discussion (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAR5P-3083 US 1994 Sell This Version
RAXC 17 Live - Selling The Drama album art Live Selling The Drama (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAXC 17 UK 1994 Sell This Version
RAR3P-3233 Live - Horse album art Live Horse(CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR3P-3233 US 1994 Sell This Version
PR011 Live - Black Book / Selling The Drama album art E.Y.C. / Live E.Y.C. / Live - Black Book / Selling The Drama(7", Jukebox) MCA Records PR011 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
RAR5P- 3247 Live - Lightning Crashes album art Live Lightning Crashes (Maxi, Single) Radioactive RAR5P- 3247 US 1995 Sell This Version
RAXTD 20 Live - All Over You album art Live All Over You (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAXTD 20 UK 1995 Sell This Version

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noizyme

noizyme

March 2, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
In the 90's, you couldn't switch on mtv without seeing a new alternative rock group on the tube, and this band was more than just another band. They embraced the craziness of bands of the time (nirvana, jane's addiction, primus, et al), but as a twist, they brought the mind of a poetic frontman and a daring (yet still conservative) guitarist in the mix to spice up this original band. They've been written off as a wannabe-U2-like band, and they've been subjected to being noticed only by Ed's bald head as their icon, if you will. I loved Secret Samadhi and Throwing Copper...excellent songs which ranged from country-esque strumming to feedback-riding torment-filled songs. Definitely check them out if you love any of the bands out now in the indie scene because I'm sure that some of those bands took lessons from Live.

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