By Radio.com Staff
The original line-up of LIVE—Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey—have reunited to write new music and plan a worldwide tour including dates in North America in 2017.
According to a press release issued on the band’s behalf, LIVE will announce tour dates in 2017 including a mix of headlining shows and festival appearances. The York, Pennsylvania band struck it big with their 1991 debut platinum-selling album, Mental Jewelry. With two more number one albums under their belt, the band would go on to sell more than 22 million albums worldwide before Kowalczyk parted ways in 2009.
Rediscovering the friendship has healed old differences, says the band. The foursome explained what led to the reunion:
Ed Kowalczyk: “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 fanbase all over the world that we have established. You could say we took the long road home, but it feels good to be back.”
Chad Taylor: “Ed, Chad, Patrick and I are no different than your average family. We might divide ourselves or argue fiercely but thankfully time, and the grand gesture of forgiveness, helps to heal old wounds. We’ve worked hard to restore the tenants of faith and trust that bonded us in the beginning. It’s doesn’t hurt that our fans offered so much encouragement!”
Patrick Dahlheimer: “Līve needs no better reason to reform than to spread some light in this time of confusion and unease.”
Chad Gracey: “One word, friendship. We lost our way with that a bit but are now back to being friends and respect each other again. That’s what counts.”
The reunion has also let to the writing of new music says Kowalczyk. “We are writing and recording at the moment. We have mutually decided not to rush the next project. We didn’t want the pressure of completing an entire album hanging over us before we got out and played some shows. I think the idea at the moment is to just go with flow, get onstage together and see where all of this new energy takes us creatively. We might release something new in the form of a shorter release in 2017, in anticipation of larger project in 2018…stay tuned.”