AFTER several years of public spats and legal stoushes, the original line-up of 90s alternative rock heroes Live have reunited and will play concerts in Australia in November.
The band sold more than 20 million records worldwide at the height of their success and were inescapable on the rock airwaves courtesy of anthemic singles including Lightning Crashes, I Alone, All Over You and The Dolphin’s Cry.
While they started as a post-grunge alternative band popular on Triple J with their debut album Mental Jewelry in 1992, they became top 40 pop stars courtesy of their 1994 Throwing Copper with three singles also landing on Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 1995.
Their biggest song, Lightning Crashes, became one of those monster live singalongs but was also widely misunderstood because of its intense, dark video.
Many fans believed the video showed a young mother dying during childbirth.
Kowalczyk corrected the misinterpretation saying the clip illustrated one family mourning the loss of a woman while another gives birth.
“Nobody’s dying in the act of childbirth, as some viewers think. What you’re seeing is actually a happy ending based on a kind of transference of life,” he told Spin magazine in 1995.
When frontman Ed Kowalczyk decided to explore his solo options in 2009, a band hiatus turned into an acrimonious split.
The frontman and his bandmates traded barbs and then legal action when the remaining members Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer decided to continue with a new singer.
But when the dust settled, childhood best mates Kowalczyk and Taylor reconnected over a beer in their hometown of York, Pennsylvania and decided to reunite the original line-up.
“A couple of people posted ‘I swear I saw Chad and Ed together in a bar in York’,” Kowalczyk said of their initial reunion.
“Everyone hit them back with ‘No way. There’s no way it was them’.
“We played it pretty close to our vests for a while but York is a small town.”
They revealed the news to ecstatic fans in late 2016 and have divided their time between the studio and a raft of festival appearances since then and have now added three concerts on the Australian each coast in November.
Even now their songs are played hundreds of times a week on Australia radio.
They perform at The Riverstage, Brisbane, November 15, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, November 17 and Roche Estate, Hunter Valley, November 18.
Tickets go on sale from July 27.
Originally published as LIVE reunite and book Aussie tour