"Birds Of Pray"
out LIVE Radio, LIVE's exclusive
radio channel! It not only features songs off of all their albums,
including Birds of Pray, but you can also hear some of the band's
favorite songs by other artists! RadioFreeVirgin
Events-Live is back from Europe
for the following U.S. dates;
7/14-House of Blues-Chicago, IL.,
7/15-Modjeska Theatre-Milwaukee, WI.,
7/19-Delaware State Fair-Harrington, DE.,
8/22-Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-Cleveland, OH.
bio "No R&R For Live"-You’d
think that after almost a year of non-stop touring on their last
opus, The Distance To Here, Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer
and Chad Gracey would be ready for a little R& R. Not so. Fresh
off a world tour, the group that calls itself LIVE still forgo time
off to hunker down at a Los Angeles recording studio. Three and
a half weeks later they emerge with a near-finished record.
explains further, "The Distance to Here world tour was just
an unbelievable experience. That record is just so uplifting and
seeing the looks on people's faces all over the world for fourteen
months was enough to inspire me for decades. I was writing music
in hotel rooms, tour buses, bathrooms, everywhere and constantly!"
LIVE approached record making in a way that proved unique to past
adventures in hi-fi. Case in point, tracks "Call Me a Fool"
and "Flow" were both written in the morning in co-producer
Alain Johannes front yard and recorded that afternoon and
evening. This was palpably unusual for a band thats sold over
17 million albums worldwide and is used to taking six months to
make a record. Nonetheless, it has suited them just fine being a
rock band that has seized moments of inspiration and, with this,
the bands fifth offering appropriately titled V, have broken
through expected molds.
V embodies the same sense of youthful urgency as in LIVEs
debut release Mental Jewelry (1991). It features the same impressive
songwriting as breakthrough smash Throwing Copper (1994)-- an LP
that pulled in 27 platinum albums in 6 countries, (selling 12 million
records worldwide) and boasted classic radio hits "Selling
The Drama" (#1 on the Alternative charts that year) "I
Alone," "All Over You," and "Lightning Crashes,"
prompting Spin and Rolling Stone cover stories, a Saturday Night
Live appearance (complete with standing ovation), and a legendary
MTV Unplugged event. The experimental spirit of 97s
#1 record Secret Samadhi and the sensitivity of the most recent
platinum long player, The Distance To Here is in check, too.
The new record re-exposes the fiery spirit of LIVE like no other.
V burns hot with a battery of spiraling, fast-paced rockers like
"Deep Enough," (a remix of which can be heard over the
front title sequence in the #1 film The Fast And The Furious and
is a bonus track on the record), and the Kowalczyk/Glen Ballard-penned
"Forever May Not Be Long Enough," the theme song of box
office smash The Mummy Returns. The unrelenting and uplifting kick-off
track "Simple Creed" features guest Tricky, who, in-turn,
enlisted Ed to sing on his current single, "Evolution, Revolution,
Love." That said, the bands knack for memorable melodies
is not lost on this long player as demonstrated on tunes like the
soulful "Transmit Your Love" and "Nobody Knows,"
complete with a luxuriant chorus and a neat whistled reprise.
An obvious sense of experimentation is also harnessed. This, being
in no small part, due to the chemistry between the band, Johannes
(also of the band Eleven, whos most notably worked with Chris
Cornell) and co-producer/keyboard whiz Michael Railo, who employed
and encouraged the use of loops, samples and synths throughout.
Kowalczyk says, "The coolest thing about this record is that
we've been really conscious of not losing the band's rock roots
in the midst of experimenting with new sounds."
But Kowalczyk is quick to point out that while the experience of
making the record has been a transcendent one, LIVEs fans
are whats important. Ed explains. "All anyone has to
do is stand in my shoes on stage for five minutes and look out there.
The sheer joy that is being communicated back and forth is enough
to make you explode."