LIVE is a slow moving, alternative/metal band that's been around for ever! They continue to rock out with their kick ass music time and time again. These boys are origionally from York, PA. The band began playing music in middle school together with, singer/guitarist Ed Kowalczyk, guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer Chad Gracey. They've all been friends since they were kids and played in their school's talent show togehter. The group continued to play gigs through out high-school, they even released a album in 1989 called, "The Death of a Dictionary." Radioactive Records spotted the band at a gig in NYC and noticed how kick ass they sounded rocking out! Live was signed with a major label (Radioactive Recods) and that's when they returned to the studio and were ready to rockout! Soon after being signed to a major record label, these bad boys produced the, "EP". Their new realease included 4 songs which included the band's debut, 1991's Mental Jewelry. While the album only peeked at #73 on the charts, they grew a tremendis fanbase by touring non-stop and doing major events with other bands, including a set at Woodstock'94 and their follow-up album, Throwing Copper. Throwing Copper quickly became #1 on the charts and sold over two million coppies!
Live was on every radio station you could imagine and fans were going crazy. They really blew up and were in the spotlight after releasing a string of hits singles which included, "I Alone," "Lightening Crashes," and "All Over You." 1997's album Secret Samadhi debuted at number one and sold over two million copies. Over the years LIVE have released quite a few more albums, none of which received the commercial success of their predecessors. The band signed to the Sony BMG label in 2005, releasing the album, "Songs from Black Mountain," In addition to their wide international fan-base, LIVE was the center of attention in 2007, due to Fox's American Idol, on which they performed their song "Mystery" with contestant Chris Daughtry, who had previously covered the band's rendition of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" on the show.
With their spiritual lyrics and bigger-than-life sound, Live was noticed and every where you could imagine. While their future albums may not have been as successful as their album, "Throwing Copper", the band has proved to be true to their roots and they try and switch up their sound with each song. This decision has kept the band a legion of steady fans all over the world who have watched the band's evolution from angry rockers to preaching a message more about hope, a rarity in the genre. This is especially evident on their latest release, "Songs From Black Mountain", which shows a lighter side of the band, they've seem to have put their early anger away and opted for the inner peace that comes with age.