In 1994, the band Live emerged as the preeminent post-grunge musical act. It'd be hard to find a rock fan’s CD collection that didn’t include Live’s massively successful Throwing Copper, an album that sold eight million copies and topped the Billboard Top 200 chart. With the exception of a recent hiatus, the band has been touring since 1990. Beginning with club concerts, the quartet eventually became one of the hottest rock tickets in the mid-1990s. Their minimalist stage show allowed Live to focus on providing a straight-ahead rock experience – with a clean, crisp sound. Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, who left the band in 2009, delivered lyrics with an extensive vocal range and intense passion. His departure paved the way for current frontman Chris Shinn, who performed with the band on the Summerland Tour 2013 for 35 concert dates throughout the U.S.
Since forming the band in middle school, Kowalczyk, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Chad Taylor continued to jam together through high school and began playing shows at the CBGB club in New York City. in 1991, they were signed to Radioactive Records on the strength of their live performances, and the released Mental Jewelry with producer Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. The band made an impression upon those who attended the massive Woodstock ’94 concert and later released Throwing Copper, the band's most successful album to date. The release produced four hot singles: “Selling The Drama”, “All Over You,” “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes,” which topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for a rare 10 consecutive weeks. Despite a three-year break, their followup, Secret Samadhi, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Though their lead singer may have changed, the core members remain, and the pulse of the band continues to beat strongly.