WANT TO GO?
"Mountain Stage" with Deer Tick, Ed Kowalczyk, The Defibulators and Luray.
WHERE: WVU Creative Arts Center
WHEN: 7 p.m.
TICKETS: Advance tickets $23. At the door $28.
INFO: Call 304-293-SHOW or visit www.mountainstage.org_____
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- From the mid-1990s to the end of the decade, Live was a powerhouse alternative rock band, with hits like "Lightning Crashes," "I Alone" and "Run to the Water." While not as commercially successful in the 2000s, Live's records still received critical praise, and the band continued to tour. In 2009, though, the band announced a two-year hiatus.
The hiatus turned out to be an acrimonious split (which is still working its way through the courts), with lead singer/songwriter Ed Kowalczyk setting out on his own and the remaining members of Live reforming with a new singer.
Kowalczyk, who performs Sunday night on "Mountain Stage" in Morgantown, is trying to focus more on what's ahead than what's behind.
His third solo record, "The Flood and The Mercy," was released in the United States Oct. 29, and his appearance on "Mountain Stage" is part of the U.S. leg of the tour supporting that record, which was already out in Europe and Australia.
"I did a month-long tour with the 'I, Alone' acoustic show in Europe," Kowalczyk said. "We wanted to have the record out in the U.S., but we didn't have it ready. There were timing issues. Americans fans had to wait a little longer, but it's out now."
So far, so good. The record is doing just fine overseas.
Kowalczyk said, "I've got some amazing feedback, and the single 'Sevens' is the number-two rock song in Australia. We're really proud of that, and the album has been really well-received worldwide."
He added that he thinks it is his best work to date.
"It's got an amazing caliber of musicians on it," Kowalczyk said, although he wasn't plugging his own talent.