Friday, November 9, 2012

Live's Ed Kowalczyk adds tour dates, readies new EP

Ed was a great interview when I talked to him for the 2010 solo album. Later that year, I saw a short, but intense acoustic set at a Xmas show put on by KCXX FM/San Bernardino. So these stripped down shows should be good...

Ed Kowalczyk, singer/songwriter of the multi-platinum rock band Live, will release The Garden EP digitally on Nov. 19.

The EP includes 5 new original tracks and 5 remixes from artists including Elder Jepson (Evanescence, Cartel), Karsh Kale (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan), Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, Luscious Jackson, R.E.M.), and Juno Reactor (The Matrix). The EP was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Jamie Candiloro.

"As a touring and recording musician, I've been amazed over the years at how much my songs develop and evolve from the original studio recordings. With the remixes on The Garden EP, I wanted to try to hyper-speed that process a bit and deconstruct my versions of the songs by handing them off to other creative people right at the beginning. In my view,  "Rise" by Elder Jepson (featuring Hawkman) is the perfect example of this idea in action. Half-timed and dubbed out- it's totally different from the original version yet just as intense. It's also much more than just a "dance remix" - it stands strong on its own.  I like to think that when you have a great idea for a melody and lyric, what you really have is a kind of seed.  And if you nurture it and even take some chances with it, it will grow and surprise you for years to come."

While preparing for a new full-length release in the spring of 2013, Kowalczyk will resume his "I Alone" Acoustic Tour on Nov. 4 in Londonderry, NH. He will be performing songs from the entire Live catalog as well as songs from his first solo album, Alive, released in 2010.

Ed Kowalczyk has built an impressive resume that includes eight full-length albums with his Live band mates that have reached gold and platinum status in 9 countries, and nine Top 10 radio hits including "Lightning Crashes," "I Alone," "Selling the Drama," and "Heaven." With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Live was one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the '90s and '00s.

Tour dates:

Nov 4
Tupelo Music Hall  
Londonderry, NH

Nov 9
The Pullo Center@Penn State York
York, PA

Nov 10
The Hamilton
Washington, DC

Nov 11
Ram's Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD

Jan 17
Boulton Center
Bay Shore, NY

Jan 18
Bergen PAC
Englewood, NJ

Feb 15
City Winery
Chicago, IL

Feb 28
The Colonial Theatre
Keene, NH

March 1
City Winery
New York, NY

March 2
Narrows Center
Fall River, MA

March 3
Sellersville Theatre
Sellersville, PA

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