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At least two artists exist named ‘Live’:
1. An American alternative rock band.
2. A progressive rock group from Germany

1. Live is an American band that gained fame for their hit singles during the , being perhaps best known for the international top 40 smashes “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes”. Characterized by an earnest approach to melodic songwriting and a spiritual zen lyrically, somewhat reminiscent of ‘Joshua Tree’-era U2 and other arena-made artists, Live climbed from modest modern success to the mainstream spotlight worldwide on the strength of their 1994 breakthrough album. Titled ‘Throwing Copper’, the band has sold over six million copies of the release.

Hailing from York, Pennsylvania, the group is comprised of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals & guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums). Since approximately 1999, Live has toured with Ed’s younger brother, Adam Kowalczyk as a rhythm guitarist, and, previously, British keyboardist Michael “Railo” Railton.

Kowalczyk, Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey first came together for a middle-school talent show in the Pennsylvania blue-collar town of York. The group remained together throughout high school, going through a handful of band names and new-wave covers before settling on the moniker Public Affection and recording a self-released cassette of originals, The Death of a Dictionary, in 1989. Frequent trips into New York to play at CBGB helped net the band a deal with Radioactive Records in 1991.


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  • thenolf

    Deep enough to dive.

    20 Jul 12:58pm Reply
  • FxXxR

    over half a year after its release, i can safely claim The Turn is the best Live album since The Distance to Here

    7 Jun 8:11pm Reply
  • IL-91

    I wouldn't say so. Secret Samadhi and The Distance To Here have some great tunes.

    26 May 10:48pm Reply
  • vitor_lol

    after the second album, the band completely lost it's soul.

    21 May 9:19pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I only like Throwing Copper and I've been listening to it since 1994. Will I like the other albums? Should I get the other albums?

    24 Apr 6:05am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Love it

    23 Apr 9:24am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Live live is an amazing experience and y'all need to see Live perform live. :P

    17 Apr 1:25pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    12 Apr 1:41am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    I had thought Live was done after Ed left. and then I heard The Turn [2] New album is surprisingly very good

    15 Jan 8:20pm Reply
  • FxXxR

    I had thought Live was done after Ed left. and then I heard The Turn

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nurim

    Great band! Throwing Copper - my lovely album.

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • arson714

    @acclamationsun Chris Shinn. He used to sing for Unified Theory. FWIW I like the new album at first listen. There much more of an aggressive sound and you can definitely hear musical elements that haven't been used since Throwing Copper.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    who sings after Ed left?

    28 Jun 2014 Reply

    Great band, "Throwing Copper" is one of my most favourite albums ever.

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Instrumedley

    worst band name...

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • conneticutx3

    I never Knew Ed K had such an aggressive voice back in his Live days.

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • take-my-pillow

    great band !

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    Live, like many great bands, are capable of the best (first 3 albums) AND the worst.(...the rest). For a quick time, they were (perhaps) the biggest indie band on the planet.

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mathpeal

    not a grand band

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wreath5

    If you like Live, you might enjoy esplín - Misheard Sighs - free for download. Thank you for support!

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
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