Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion) - the original +LIVE+ line-up - returned triumphantly in 2017. Playing 26 shows throughout the US, including major festivals such as Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Arroyo Seco, they also played a run of arena dates with Guns N’ Roses and solo headlining shows in five different countries. Their return is summed in the video below.
On returning to the UK, Ed Kowalczyk said - "We are beyond excited to get back to the UK for our first performance since 2006. Our fans in Britain have been waiting for a long time and we plan to give them a concert experience that they won't soon forget. The band is performing at such a high level since our reunion a few years ago and the crowd at Shepherds Bush Empire in London is going to get totally rocked!"
They were met with critical and public acclaim, on their Lollapalooza Festival set Consequence Of Sound noted, “A packed set from a recently reunited Live at one of the country’s foremost music festivals…‘All Over You’ kicked off the proceedings, with ‘Selling the Drama,’ ‘The Dolphin’s Cry,’ and ‘I Alone’ ushering us towards the glorious climax that is ‘Lightning Crashes.’” and the Chicago Tribune backed up the sentiment saying “The drama is still there.”
Playing songs from albums that have sold over 22 million copies worldwide (including two US number ones, ‘Throwing Copper’ and ‘Secret Samadhi’), +LIVE+ returned to the road again in 2018, with a massive sold-out summer outdoor amphitheatre tour of North American with Counting Crows. They also released their first new music as the original line-up in over a decade in October with the release of a five-track EP ‘Local 717’.
With the +LIVE+ juggernaut now truly back and firing on all cylinders, in March of this year, a massive 33 date co-headline summer tour of the US was announced with Bush that starts in June and finishes in September. The ALT-IMATE Tour will hit arenas and outdoor amphitheatres with the two iconic acts celebrating the 25th anniversary of their respective landmark albums ‘Throwing Copper’ and ‘Sixteen Stone’. As well as the London show on the cusp of selling out, +LIVE+ will be touring through Europe with three nights in the Netherlands already sold out and the Berlin show looking to do the same.
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