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+LIVE+ singer Ed Kowalczyk on his history as a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates

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Modified 26 Apr 2019, 11:13 IST

A multi-platinum band hailing from York, Pennsylvania, +LIVE+ is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ed Kowalczyk, guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer/percussionist Chad Gracey. With over 22 million albums sold worldwide, +LIVE+ has earned two number one albums (Throwing CopperSecret Samadhi), thanks in large part to hits like "Lightning Crashes," "I Alone," "All Over You," and "Lakini's Juice."

The original lineup of +LIVE+ regrouped in late 2016, and released a new EP titled Local 717 last year. Meanwhile, +LIVE+ is booked for yet another arena tour this summer, co-headlining big venues alongside Bush with Our Lady Peace also on the bill.

This tour -- known as the The Altimate Tour -- kicks off on June 6th in Connecticut. For a limited time, discounted $20 tickets will be available via Live Nation, thanks to National Concert Week; the event runs from May 1st to 7th.

While interviewing +LIVE+ frontman Ed Kowalczyk by phone, I snuck in a question about his history as a sports fan.

The full interview will be broadcast in the near-future via the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast, while more information on Kowalczyk, +LIVE+ and National Concert Week can be found online at

A lot of bands have, you know, four members who live in four different cities. Is everyone in York these days?

Ed Kowalczyk: No, technically the only guy who still lives right in York is Patrick, our bass player. Chad lives not too far away in Lancaster,Pennsylvania. I'm in Connecticut so I'm a little bit of a drive, and then our drummer has been in California forever, so he's the fly-out guy. He's got to fly all the time to meet up and come back to York...

I was in California for a long time too, so the timing was perfect because I actually moved back east before the band got back together. So when it did happen, we were as local as we had been for a long time to each other and it feels really good.

So do you fully identify as a York person? For example, are the Pennsylvania sports teams still your go-tos?


Ed Kowalczyk: You know, I haven't really paid attention to sports for a long time. But back when I was a kid, I would say I was a [Pittsburgh] Pirates guy because I used to go to the western part of the state a lot. I had lots of relatives out there. So I was a [Pittsburgh] Steelers and Pirates guy even though I was technically closer, geographically.

I took a little crap for that, but like I said, I don't really pay too much attention these days which is good. I'm like Switzerland now with regard to sports in Pennsylvania.

Published 26 Apr 2019, 11:13 IST
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