Ed Kowalczyk makes plans for Massachusetts

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Ed Kowalczyk, former lead singer for the rock band Live, will hit Massachusetts this fall as part of his latest solo tour. Kowalczyk will play Boston’s Royale on Saturday, October 2. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $22. Thriving Ivory will open the show. On Friday, October 2 he’ll hit Pittsfield for a special acoustic show at the  Colonial Theatre with Art Alexakis of Everclear and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer. Tickets for the show dubbed “Open Wings–Broken Strings” are now on sale through the venue’s box office for $25 and $45.

Kowalczyk released his debut solo album, Alive, on June 6. His new solo material is very spiritually inspired, even more so than the imagery he provided with Live. Powered by lead single “Grace”, Alive debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. The album was recorded in Austin, TX at Wire Recording Studios with producer CJ Eiriksson (U2, Blue October, Matchbox Twenty) with his new band featuring Ramy Antoun on drums, James Gabbie on lead guitar and Chris Heerlein on bass. Alive also includes “Drink (Everlasting Love)”, a song co-written by Chris Daughtry. The two became friends after performing together on the 2006 “American Idol” finale.

“During the last two years, I found myself at a new level of personal inspiration and creativity,” Kowalczyk said in a press release. “I am so excited that my long time fans, as well as new ones, are about to experience the fruit of my labor of love!  This album is a gigantic achievement for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled at the prospect of finally sharing it with the world.”

After announcing the band would be taking a two-year hiatus last June, Live parted ways permanently last fall amidst bitter financial disagreements. Live guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer Chad Gracey have since formed a new band with Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin and guitarist Sean Hennesy called The Gracious Few.

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