"LIVE" (IPA pronunciation: , rhymes with "five") is an American alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, USA, 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.
Characterized by an earnest approach to anthemic rock and a spiritual zen reminiscent of Joshua Tree-era U2, LIVE climbed from modest modern rock success to the mainstream spotlight worldwide on the strength of their 1994 breakthrough album, the 6 million-selling ''Throwing Copper''.
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 i...
|origin||Pennsylvania, United States|
|music genre||Alternative rock, post-grunge|
|current members|| Chad Gracey|
|touring members||Adam Kowalczyk|