Live (US alt rock band)

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Live (/ˈlv/, often typeset as LĪVE or +LĪVE+) is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, primary songwriter), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums). Kowalczyk left the band in 2009 and was replaced by Chris Shinn, but rejoined in December 2016.

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 has used additional musicians, including Ed Kowalczyk's younger brother Adam on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, British keyboardist Michael "Railo" Railton and rhythm guitarist Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon.

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 new vocalist Chris Shinn and released the album The Turn in October 2014. Kowalczyk rejoined the band in December 2016.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Mental Jewelry 4 6
1994 Throwing Copper 4.25 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 7
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

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Operation Spirit 2
1992 Pain Lies On The Riverside 1
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 4
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

EP

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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