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Ed Kowalczyk helps sold out crowd reLIVE the ’90s

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As much as I hate drinking in caves, I had to check out a solo, semi-acoustic show from Ed Kowalczyk, March 7 as he brought a sold out Monday night crowd all the way back to 1995.

Ed Kowalczyk plays throwing Copper at Average Joes. Photo by Richard Amery
Kowalczyk is celebrating second year of the 20th anniversary theatrical tour of his old band Live’s landmark  album “Throwing Copper.”

He was good to his word, playing the album in order from track one to the end. Kowalczyk still has an impressively piercing voice and a knack for a catchy melody which had a good part of the crowd singing along in their seats.

He played an intimate show, though he didn’t speak a lot other than to admit her forgot the words to one of his slower, more obscure songs and to thank the audience for coming out on on Monday night.

He spoke a little about his home town of York, Pennsylvania
There was minimal lighting and seats right up to the edge of the stage which is unusual for Average Joes.

 So you couldn’t really see him though he was eerily silhouetted  by a screen flashing parts of Live’s videos for popular hits like “Lightning Crashes” and “ I Alone” plus an assortment of images of candles,  Klansmen, slums and soldiers reflecting the mood and theme of some of his darker songs like “Shit Towne.”

Ed Kowalczyk playing  in front of his multi-media show. Photo by Richard AmeryKowalczyk ha a captivating presence, heavily strumming his acoustic guitar for most of the set, though he switched  to electric for a couple of songs.

Zak Loy filled in the sound on lead guitar, mandolin and lap steel for a couple of tracks, aptly  bringing the instrument, usually used in country and blues music)  into a rock and roll context.
“Dolphin’s Cry was one of several non “Throwing Copper ” songs he sang.

 The duo were called back for an encore of some of his solo material and more Live, which had the audience singing along.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:25 )  
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