Live (US alt rock band)

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Live (/ˈlv/, often typeset as LĪVE) is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, composed of Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), Chad Gracey (drums), and Chris Shinn (vocals). Live's original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk left the band in November 2009.

Live achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album, Throwing Copper, which has 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, Australasia and Brazil.

When touring, Live have used additional musicians, most notably Ed's younger brother Adam Kowalczyk on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. British keyboard player Michael "Railo" Railton and guitarist Christopher Thorn of the band Blind Melon have also toured with Live.

On November 30, 2009, Taylor revealed that what had initially been termed a "two-year hiatus" was more likely the end of the band, due to what he felt were inappropriate actions by Ed Kowalczyk, which have resulted in a lawsuit being filed against him by the other three band members. Kowalczyk alleged that he wrote most of the music for Live and a new publishing arrangement had been accepted by all members of the group in 2006. In June 2011, Taylor revealed that he, Gracey and Dahlheimer were to reform Live without Kowalczyk, who confirmed that he would not work with the other three again. In March 2012, Shinn, formerly of the band Unified Theory, replaced Kowalczyk as lead singer. The band's first album featuring Shinn, The Turn, was released on October 28, 2014.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Mental Jewelry 4 6
1994 Throwing Copper 4.65 10
1997 Secret Samadhi 3.65 6
1999 The Distance to Here 4 11
2001 V 4
2003 Birds of Pray 1 5
2006 Songs From Black Mountain 3 3
2014 The Turn 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Throwing Copper / Secret Samadhi 1
2004 Awake: The Best of Live 2 6
2007 Radiant Sea 1
Selling The Drama 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Live at the Paradiso - Amsterdam 3
Rattlesnake (Paradiso 1997) 1
Rolling Rock Town Fair 2.0 1
SFX Radio Network Presents: LIVE 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Operation Spirit 2
1994 I Alone 2
1994 Lightning Crashes 3
1994 Selling the Drama 4
1994 White, Discussion 1
1995 All Over You 2
1996 White, Discussion 1
1997 1997 Friends of Live Holiday Gift 1
1997 Freaks 3
1997 Lakini's Juice 3
1997 Turn My Head 1
1999 1999 Friends of Live Holiday Gift 1
1999 The Dolphin’s Cry 5
2000 Run to the Water 1
2000 They Stood Up for Love 3
2001 Forever May Not Be Long Enough 1
2001 Overcome 3
2001 Simple Creed 1
2003 Sweet Release 1
2003 Run Away 3
2004 We Deal in Dreams 1
2006 The River 1
Meltdown 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Forever 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Four Songs 3
1992 The Beauty of Gray 1
1999 Run to the Water EP 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Amazon Front Row EP 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 The Distance to Here: The Acoustic Sessions 1

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