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Live rose to success on the strength of their anthemic music and idealistic, overtly spiritual songwriting, two hallmarks that earned the group frequent comparisons to U2. The group's roots stretched back to the early '80s, when future members Chad Taylor (guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums) began playing together under the name "First Aid" while attending middle school in York, Pennsylvania. After losing an area talent contest, they decided to enlist singer Ed Kowalczyk, and as a foursome the group played under a series of names before settling on Public Affection. After earning a rabid local following, Public Affection released a cassette, 1989's The Death of a Dictionary, on their own Action Front label. Shows at CBGB's and other famed New York clubs followed, eventually earning them a demo deal with Giant Records which proved unsuccessful. The completed demo did earn them a deal with Radioactive, however, and before drawing their new name out of a hat, Live recruited Talking Head Jerry Harrison to produce their 1991 debut, Mental Jewelry. A collection of songs based on the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, the record made Live one of the key players in the post-Nirvana alternative music scene thanks to singles like "Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" and "Pain Lies on the Riverside." Three years later, Live returned with the muscular Throwing Copper, which lingered a number of months on the charts before pushing the group into the rock mainstream. After a series of popular singles like "Selling the Drama" and "I Alone," the album's slow build climaxed with the funereal "Lightning Crashes," which propelled the album to the top of the charts and paved the way for the subsequent hits "White, Discussion" and "All Over You." The album went on to sell over eight million copies in the U.S. alone. Secret Samadhi, the third Live LP, followed in early 1997, and while it failed to match the commercial success of Throwing Copper, it nevertheless sold over two million copies. Released in 1999, The Distance to Here went platinum on the strength of "The Dolphin's Cry," which peaked at number two on the Mainstream Rock singles chart. The bandmates continued to refine their ambitious, spiritual sound over the next four years, with both 2001's V and 2003's Birds of Pray cracking the Billboard Top 30 as a result. However, the band's seventh studio effort, Songs from Black Mountain, effectively spelled the end of Live's popularity in 2006, with less than 100,000 copies sold in America. The album fared considerably better overseas, prompting Live to devote more time touring Europe during the decade's latter half. In mid-2009, the band decided to go on hiatus. Kowalczyk recorded a solo album, Alive, while Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey formed a new band, the Gracious Few, with Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy from Candlebox. (Their first album, The Gracious Few, appeared in 2010.) By that time, it was revealed that Kowalczyk had decided to exit the band, and legal squabbles ensued. In 2012, the original trio of Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey had launched a new version of Live, recruiting vocalist Chris Shinn (formerly of Unified Theory) to be Kowalczyk's replacement. The first album to feature the new lineup, The Turn, appeared in late 2014, preceded by the single "The Way Around Is Through." In late 2016, amid a flurry of online rumors, the band announced that they would be reuniting, with Kowalczyk back behind the mike. ~ Jason Ankeny & John Bush
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Stations Featuring
Live

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    4 songs

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    4 songs

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    5 songs

    Alternative Party

    Alternative Party
    2 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    1 song

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Live

Top Songs by
Live

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   I Alone
  3.   Lightning Crashes
  4.   All Over You
  5.   Selling the Drama
  6.   The Dolphin's Cry
  7.   Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
  8.   Horse
  9.   Heaven
  10.   I Walk the Line
  11.   Overcome
  12.   The River
  13.   Simple Creed
  14.   Forever May Not Be Long Enough
  15.   Lakini's Juice
  16.   Deep Enough
  17.   What Are We Fighting For?
  18.   Life Marches On
  19.   Turn My Head
  20.   Iris
  21.   Shit Towne
  22.   Pain Lies on the Riverside
  23.   White, Discussion
  24.   Top
  25.   The Dam at Otter Creek
  26.   The Distance
  27.   Century
  28.   6310 Rodgerton Dr.
  29.   T.B.D.
  30.   Where Do We Go from Here?
  31.   Dance With You
  32.   Sparkle
  33.   The Beauty of Gray
  34.   Merica
  35.   Unsheathed
  36.   Graze