"LIVE" at the
House of Blues-Hollywood, CA
October 28, 2014
"LIVE" returned to the House of Blues in Hollywood on Tuesday in
support of "The Turn," their first studio album in nine years.
The multi-platinum group, with such hits as "Lighting Crashes," I
Alone," and "Selling the Dream" is back (after a long hiatus) with
original music and a new lead singer. Chris Shinn (Unified
Theory) takes over lead vocals and guitar, replacing original
member Ed Kowalczyk, who left the band in 2009 amid an acrimonious
split over publishing royalties.
A new wave cover band that formed in 1988, the group utilized
several different names in the early days, settling on "LIVE" for
their first full album release in 1991. Recording with Radioactive
Records, the band hit it big with "Throwing Copper" in 1994.
"Throwing Copper" achieved massive worldwide success, with sales
north of eight million units. They followed up with several radio
hits in the nineties and have sold over twenty million albums to
date. The release of "The Turn" coincides with the
twenty year anniversary of their break-out album.
The Tuesday night crowd at the House of Blues was substantially
smaller than the last time I saw the band play there (about
fifteen years back), but save for a few grumbles regarding the
missing Kowalczyk, the band and their music was very well
received. While losing the lead singer is a tough pill for any
popular band to swallow, the transition to Shinn is a good fit.
Only the future will tell whether the lose of Kowalczyk, who was
the primary song writer and voice of the band after-all , will be
the death knell for this particular group. But judging by the
sound, intensity and passion put forth on this night, I think that
this incarnation of the band has a great chance at future success.
I will certainly go back to catch the show the next time they are
And I won't wait fifteen years to do it!
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