Live, a band that came of age in the early ‘90s, features some of today’s hottest music. The band – Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey – are the same four guys who debuted at their middle school talent show. They’ve just released a new album, Birds of Pray, to prove that guitar-based rock can still fire the emotions.
The band will display these emotions during a rare southern California appearance at the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, on the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage. The Fair runs Sept. 10-26.
Birds of Pray’s first single, “Heaven,” is exploding on the radio. In Billboard Bulletin, “Heaven” recently topped the Liquid Audio Top Commercial Downloads Chart for sales of digital singles. The album was produced by Jim Wirt who also produces Hoobastank, Incubus and Something Corporate and was mixed by Tom LordAlge.
With The Distance to Here, Secret Samadhi, Throwing Cooper, Mental Jewelry, V and Birds of Pray, the band has sold nearly 20 million albums. Their achievements include two No. 1s on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, five No. 1 singles, nine Top 10 singles, and No. 1 albums and singles in Australia, Holland, South Africa, Canada, Belgium and New Zealand.
Birds of Pray is a collection of 13 songs that reflect the instinctive playing of a band that grew up together and shows a generous amount of time allotted for songwriting. Besides “Heaven,” the album has produced hit singles “Every Time I See Your Face” and “Sweet Release,” which are also rising to the top of the charts.
General admission to see Live in concert at the 2004 Fair is free with regular Fair admission; however special reserved seating is now available. Reserved seating tickets may be purchased for $15. Stageside seating is $50. Tickets may be purchased for the End of Summer Concert Series at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., at all Ticketmaster locations or at Ticketmaster’s Web site at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information about the Fair, call (909) 623-3111.