Gig Of The Week: Ed Kowalczyk
BAND: Ed Kowalczyk
WHERE: London Islington O2 Academy
WHEN: Thursday, August 26
The former Live frontman makes his solo stage debut, introducing his rather impressive new album, Alive, as well as some of the old favourites.
“Right now, we’re playing nine or 10 songs from the album, and then there are the hits from past, although they’ve been given a new twist by my band.”
Joining the singer are his brother Adam [rhythm guitar/backing vocals], James Gabbie [lead guitar], Chris Heerlein [bass] and Ramy Antoun [drums]. So far, they’ve done about a dozen shows in America, which is enough for Kowalczyk to get enthused about the way it’s all going.
“I thought we’d start out at about six on the scale, and just get better, but we’ve come in at an eight, and still improving with each date. Right now, I feel very comfortable with my position. The album’s been getting an incredible reaction everywhere. People are saying it’s a real return to form, and made them remember why they fell in love with Live back in the mid-90s. But it’s also taken me in a new musical direction.
“The chemistry between everyone in the band is just getting deeper all the time. I haven’t felt this excited and passionate about anything I’ve done for years.”
The plan is to keep touring into 2011, with a return to the UK on the cards.
“Right now, nothing’s in the schedule, but if it all goes well, then we’ll be back for festivals next summer.”
As for the Live situation, Kowalczyk is careful not to rule out a return to action.
“I never close any doors. But currently I have total tunnel vision for this project.”
Find out more at www.edkowalczyk.com