Chris Shinn Responds To Ed Kowalczyk Replacing Him In Live


Yesterday, Chris Shinn updated his Facebook status to “Do I have to do EVERYthing now?” with a video of himself playing the drums at The Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN with the hashtags #OneManBand #DontGetBitterGetBetter.

Do I have to do EVERYthing now? #SoundEmporiumNashville #OneManBand #DontGetBitterGetBetter (thanks for the help today @mikestankiewicz)

A video posted by Chris Shinn (@chrisshinn) on

This post comes in the wake of Live’s original vocalist, Ed Kowalczyk, naming himself the lead singer of Live and changing his profile photo to an image of himself with the Live logo. On the same day, Live also changed their cover photo to an image of the band with Kowalczyk as the lead singer. Shinn’s post seemingly indicates there may be at least a little bad blood between him and the rest of Live.
Shinn was recruited for Live’s 2014 album The Turn, which received generally positive reviews after what was seemingly a bitter breakup between Kowalczyk and the rest of the band. Up to this point, an official announcement between Live, Kowalczyk and Shinn has not been made.

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  • Billy

    Can’t wait to hear more about this. Very not cool if they didn’t even tell them they were ousting him and getting back with Ed. But we wait for more details

    • Diane

      Pretty sure he already knew he wasn’t staying.

      • Billy

        hopefully his post was just tongue in cheek

  • Christopher Dodson

    And now Ed’s the boss
    And to Chris: despair
    He will sit and cry on Facebook over there

  • Diane


  • John Philippi

    Ed is the rightful frontman of Live.

  • The G.O.A.T

    Would have been nice to see Ed as the Lead and Chris as backing vocals with with some lead singing on select songs and Chris on rhythm guitar.

    • FigData311

      I agree. Live has had several “touring musicians” playing rhythm guitar over the years. Why not just keep Chris in the band as a five-piece? I saw them in concert with both lineups, and Chris was awesome. “The Turn” was the best album they had since “The Distance To Here”. Now they’ll never play another song off that album again. It’s already gone from Spotify. So disappointing.

  • The G.O.A.T

    Check out Unified Theory. Shinn did amazingly well in that band….I liked his stiff with Live as well. I like Ed but Ed was the cry baby that left Live. Now he wants back in after he couldn’t make enough money to live his life style as a solo artist.

  • The G.O.A.T

    who left like a baby throwing a temper tantrum since he couldn’t get 100k bonus per festival show for being the “lead singer”….

  • The G.O.A.T

    The band admitted to it.

    • Melissa

      The band, not Ed.

  • Michael

    I think it’s crap that the band had scrubbed all mention of Chris. The album they did with him isn’t even available on the website. His joining of the band was hyped as a rebirth of Live. They’re not even acknowledging him.

  • Michael

    I loved the new album but have to agree with you. I got so frustrated watching him perform because it was clear he didn’t learn the lyrics. Then the new album came out and he would mess up songs he wrote.

  • Cnote78z

    Chris Shinn did a great job on “The Turn” ~~ he is a way better vocalist than Ed but… if things didn’t work out, then so be it…