Is Live Reuniting With Ed Kowalczyk?

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Recently, a fan posted to Live’s Facebook page pleading for the band to reunite with original Live vocalist Ed Kowalczyk.  Four days later, Live shared the message to their main page:Live with Ed againWith the 25th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut album Mental Jewelry on the horizon, could this be a hint that Live may be reuniting with founding vocalist Ed Kowalczyk?
In 2009, the band split under very tumultuous circumstances, which included ridiculous lawsuits, Kowalczyk trying to get a lead singer bonus, and plenty of drama in the press, making it seem any positive relationship between the original members of the band and their founding vocalist was over.  In 2014, with Kowalczyk continuing on with a solo career, Live brought in former Unified Theory vocalist Chris Shinn for The Turn, which many fans considered the band’s best release since 1997’s Secret Samadhi.
The last update that we received from Live was in January of this year, when guitarist Chad Taylor posted on his Facebook page that Live was recording new music.  However, the person providing vocals wasn’t mentioned in the post.  Since the January post, updates on the current state of the band have been silent.  Shinn, Kowalczyk, and the rest of Live have not posted any updates on recording or spoke to the media in several months.  What is apparent however, is even if the band is not reuniting with Kowalczyk, the simple act of sharing that particular post shows a definite change of heart from recent times by acknowledging the chemistry the band had with their former lead singer.
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  • Guy William Yeager

    Ed was a dick to them. He wanted more $ and better billing. Fuck him. Chris Shinn is way cooler, proof is Unified Theory.

    • Kevin Elliott

      UT was the bomb!

  • Felonious Punk

    Not going to happen. Even if it did, nobody would really give a shit. However, they *would* make more money with Ed fronting the band than they would with Chris. That’s just a no-brainer.

    Live were fucking awesome in the 90s. I grew up only about 30 minutes from where they did. Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi and The Distance to Here are terrific. Everything after that…eh, not so much.

    • Billy

      At this point it doesn’t matter to me if it is live with Ed, live with Chris, gracious few, just put out music.
      If they do let Ed come back i hope they made him grovel lol

      • Felonious Punk

        He probably demanded a $50,000 former lead singer bonus just to begin negotiations..

        • Billy

          lol and on all the contracts Ed’s name has to be in bold and capitalized, where the rest of theirs is in a faded smaller font and lower case

          • Felonious Punk

            lol I know, right?

            And don’t forget…ANY photos of Ed with the band, it’s got to be Ed in colour and the other three guys in black and white, just like the Live at Paradiso album cover.

            That includes cell phone shots being uploaded to Facebook, Snapchat, IG, Tweeter, etc..

  • They need Ed, they toured here last year…. supporting Def Leopard. In their prime, they sold out our biggest stadium and played for 3 hours… memories 🙂

  • God

    I enjoyed LIVE when I was growing up. I felt sorry for Ed last year when he played Summerfest in Milwaukee at like a 4pm slot, at that time its nothing but shitty local bands

  • BlueFlameFord

    Yes, let LIVE make their first record that doesn’t sound like warbling Bush-tier butt rock and Then go back to the Bald cut-rate Eddie Vedder. Why gradually begin to make respectable music when you can have a huge ego who’s singing style was acceptable in 1997

    • Joe Costigan

      Have you listened to Throwing Copper? Mental Jewelry or Secret Samadhi? They sound nothing like Bush or Pearl Jam. I think people forget what a great band Live was in the mid-late 90s. Throwing Copper is one of the best albums of the 90s.

      • Felonious Punk

        I’d throw The Distance To Here in there as well. Live were undeniable titans in the 90s rock scene. Their first four albums are all choice, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the time TDTH was released in ’99, nobody gave a shit about them anymore. I saw them on the Secret Samadhi tour in ’97 and it was pretty fantastic.

        It’s kind of like the same situation STP was in with Scott: neither Ed nor the band are going to be profitable without the other. The only way they’re going to make any kind of profit whatsoever is by putting aside their differences and reuniting..

        • ANRmanager

          Pearl Jam IS a great band, it cracks me up when people try to make points otherwise. It just doesn’t add up.

          • Felonious Punk

            Huh?

          • Beefcake

            I think Jeremy was referring to the ignorant comment from Blueflameford although I’m not sure it was making fun of PJ/Eddie Vedder so much as it was labeling Ed K. as a poor man’s version.

          • Felonious Punk

            lol yea, ANRManager is all fucked up on this one..

          • Deff Dinkle

            You’re all fucked up in everything tss tss fawk yea

          • Felonious Punk

            Including your mom.

          • Deff Dinkle

            I call sloppy seconds tss tss fawk yea

          • Deff Dinkle

            Bros before hoes

          • ANRmanager

            Ok yea, I didn’t understand wtf he was talking about..

          • Felonious Punk

            No worries, mate. You should see us when Jeff Hinkle comes (came) around..

          • BlueFlameFord

            Definitely not a slight at Vedder, Ed K. has just really never been my cup of tea. The only yarlers I’ve ever been able to get behind are Vedder, Ben McMillan, and Layne. (to a lesser extent since his vocal range and style varied) Don’t get me wrong, the musicianship in Live has always been ace, just the vocals have always dampened my experience by dominating the music with that overwhelmingly dated, 1996 Post-Grunge era vibe.

          • Beefcake

            I still don’t know what that means. How can they sound like a 1996 post-grunge sound on their first two albums or when they were named Public Affection? I’m not trying to change your opinion by any means but rather am having trouble understanding how to interpret how Ed K. sounds like a generic vocalist in a post-1996 era. Are there any other vocalists you find he compares to?

          • BlueFlameFord

            To his credit, he’s always had the same vocal style, even back on Mental Jewelry that’s how he sounded. However, when I think of the post-grunge era I think of him, Vinny Dombronski, and Gavin Rossdale as the flag-bearers of that “guys who sound vaguely like other guys” era of frontmen. (Keep in mind each of them share similarities to completely different frontmen from the early era, Bush sound nothing like Live that was never the intent with that comparison) Ed K. to me sounds like Michael Stipe mixed with Eddie Vedder–a comparison i’m certainly not the first person to make. The problem I have is the similarity to Vedder is FAR closer to sounding like the pile of diarrhea that is Scott Stapp than to Vedder himself. That combined with what I personally find to be terrible, awful lyrics really cement him in the same category of fodder as the other bands of that era like Seven-Mary-Three.

            Which blows because the musicianship is on par with the likes of Soundgarden and others, and was VERY much it’s own beast. I actually ripped myself a copy of Throwing Copper with the vocals removed. Not sure if that helps you understand what I’m getting at, but that’s about as good of a take on what it sounds like to my ears to me.

            tl;dr: Live is a good and unique band, but there is nothing unique to me about Ed. K, that’s just my opinion so obviously i’d be pissed if they stopped making music with Chris Shinn, who’s I’ve enjoyed since Unified Theory came out, and was able to allow me to enjoy a band I’ve otherwise always wanted to enjoy.

          • Beefcake

            Thanks for the explanation. I guess I just don’t see/hear it. For one, the range of Ed K. Vs. Eddie V is vastly different. Eddie Vedder (used to) be able to transcend multiple octaves with ease whereas I’ve always considered Ed K. to have a sort of heightened rasp behind his voice, if that makes sense. Anyhow…like I said…just our opinions 🙂

          • BlueFlameFord

            No worries! I’m not about to run around here like half the site and act like people all see (or hear) things the same way

        • Joe Costigan

          Totally agree. From everything I head about the split Ed became a bit of an egomaniac which was a shame. Live did lose momentum at the end of the 90s – I liked the singles from TDTH but never delved totally into the album. I was very into Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi though – great albums.

      • Beefcake

        Touchdown!

    • Eddie Yarler

      In no way shape or form does Live sound like either Bush or Pearl Jam. They were completely unique. Your comment is embarrassing.

  • Rusty Stroker

    Or maybe they shared it to show the frustration of being a band and still having fans who refuse to move on and stay in the past. Theres surely not much of a market for a Live reunion with Ed, but maybe they can tour with Counting Crowes next summer

  • Raj

    Lead singer bonuses, lol. Now that’s a first. My friends saw Ed live pardon the pun doing Throwing Copper in it’s entirey and apparently he still sounds amazing. Make it happen dudes. And the greatest of teachers won’t hesitate to leave you there by yourself chained to fate.

  • Matt Cap

    Would love to have them back! Always on my playlist and great early songs. Who really cares what Ed or the band makes $ wise. The music is much more……

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    They should do.

  • faith

    “Throwing copper” should be in every top ten of 90’s. I don’t understand what happened after that…just the following album were not so good? Or what else? Their case reminds me of the Therapy? (after “Troublegum” and “Stories”) and the Cake (after “Fashion nuggets”). What do you think about it?

  • Corndog

    These guys were always under my radar. The only thing i really remember is the scary, embarrassingly bad video for I Alone with the singer dancing with an invisible woman and that dude with the ponytail trying desperately to look like he had some reason for being there. Presume he was the drummer. Should have just gave him a drumkit on set so he didn’t like like such a mong.