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It's official: Live reunites, announces world tour
About a month after members of Live and their former lead singer took to social media to tease a reunion, the York-based alt rockers made it official Monday, announcing a 2017 world tour featuring the original lineup.
The band’s website last week displayed a clock counting down to Monday. By Monday morning, that had been replaced with the announcement and a Q&A with the musicians.
“The original line-up of Live performed their last show in July 2009 before going off in different directions,” according to the website. “Rediscovering their friendship has healed old differences, setting the stage for the four members to come together to make music again.”
Tour dates were not announced, although the website said the band is now writing and recording new music.
Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer formed Live in 1985. All four graduated from William Penn High School in 1989.
Featuring Kowalczyk’s lead vocals, Live is best known for its chart-topping 1994 album "Throwing Copper" and hits including "Lightning Crashes" and "Selling the Drama." In 1996, the group was voted Artist of the Year by readers of Rolling Stone.
According to Live’s website, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of its debut album “Mental Jewelry.” Since then, the multi-platinum band has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide. In addition to “Throwing Copper,” Live scored another No. 1 album with “Secret Samadhi.”
Although the band split up, Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer have performed with other singers since 2012.
The announcement of the reunion wasn’t unexpected.
Kowalczyk had recently updated his Facebook profile to read “Lead Singer/Songwriter of Live” and added a photo of himself with the Live logo.
Live’s Facebook page also was updated to include an image of the band featuring Kowalczyk, and the band's Wikipedia entry recently added Kowalczyk as lead singer in 2016.
In the question-and-answer section of Monday’s announcement, the band members were asked about what led to the reunion.
“After a pretty long break, it was exciting to find that we all felt, in a sense, like we were starting over again ... albeit with this amazing foundation and fan base all over the world that we have established,” Kowalczyk said. “You could say we took the long road home, but it feels good to be back.”
Taylor described Live as an “average family.”
“We might divide ourselves or argue fiercely, but thankfully time, and the grand gesture of forgiveness, helps to heal old wounds,” he said. “We've worked hard to restore the (tenets) of faith and trust that bonded us in the beginning. It doesn't hurt that our fans offered so much encouragement!”
Dahlheimer said, “Live needs no better reason to reform than to spread some light in this time of confusion and unease.”
Gracey attributed the reunion to simple friendship.
“We lost our way with that a bit but are now back to being friends and respect each other again,” he said. “That’s what counts.”
After the band’s breakup, Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer founded United Fiber & Data, a fiber-optic company based in York City.
Along with UFD CEO Bill Hynes, they also run Think Loud Development, a company that is working with UFD on its fiber-optics project.