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post Oct 7 2017, 10:46 pm
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Review:

http://music.blog.mystatesman.com/2017/10/...d-acl-fest-set/

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LĪVE sells the drama in epic, hit-filled ACL Fest set
October 7, 2017 | Filed in: ACL Fest 2017

Credit to LĪVE’s consummate showmanship and seemingly endless collection of hits that their Saturday afternoon set at ACL managed to be muscularly epic, subtly spiritual and completely out-of-place all at once.

The York, Pennsylvania outfit’s brand of melodramatic stadium rock goes tragically underrepresented at this festival, whose patrons would much rather turn up to Chance the Rapper or ugly-cry to Angel Olsen than pump their fists to post-grunge anthems that topped the charts when they were still in diapers. Still, the mid-sized audience inevitably succumbed to the treasure trove of hits from the band’s 1994 breakout album, “Throwing Copper,” which sold a staggering eight million copies in the United States alone and spawned chest-pumping anthems “All Over You,” “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes.” Frankly, they don’t make ’em like this anymore.

LĪVE understood their place among the lineup, and they dutifully served these hits in succession, rewarding the diehard fans in the middle of the crowd and winning over the skeptics on the outskirts. Guitarist Chad Taylor wrung robust power chords from his Les Paul as singer Ed Kowalczyk prowled the stage and ascended the drum riser, reprising his role as a shaved-head, alpha-male Bono. The 46-year-old singer had good reason to wear sunglasses at a daytime festival, but you know damn well he still would’ve kept them on if they were headlining an arena at sundown.

Kowalczyk eyed the audience hungrily as an orchestral backing track swelled to introduce the band’s 1999 hit “The Dolphin’s Cry” (the title of which tells you everything you need to know about mainstream rock radio at the turn of the century). He spread his arms wide and dropped to his knees to drive home the transcendent chorus: “See the road rise up to meet us / It’s in the air we breathe tonight / Love will lead us, she wil lead us!”

Indeed, something was in the air during the band’s masterful performance—and no, I don’t mean drugs. That something was gratitude, as Kowalczyk split acrimoniously from his bandmates in 2009 and only rejoined them last year. But the frontman had no interest in airing their dirty laundry onstage.

“We took a little break from LIVE, but oh, you know, whatever,” Kowalczyk said jokingly. “I don’t even give a shit what the story is anymore. We’re back!”

Back indeed, and with a vengeance, as they tore through their hit-filled discography with the same vigor as in their heyday. Kowalczyk’s full-throated roar and tender vibrato took front-and-center on originals and covers alike, including a powerful take on Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” and a tender rendition of Chris Cornell’s “I Am the Highway.”

As they geared up for their logical set-closer “Lightning Crashes,” Kowalczyk left the audience with words of encouragement. “I’m gonna put this song out as a prayer, that this world realizes that we are one,” he said to yelps of recognition and approval. “We are brothers and sisters in that oneness. I love you guys so much. Thanks again.”

LīVE sold the drama in their Saturday performance, and the audience lapped it up. But they also sold something bigger: a call for unity, a balm for a troubled spirit, and a promise of life after death.


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post Oct 8 2017, 1:49 am
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Same old.


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post Oct 8 2017, 11:15 am
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QUOTE(Voodoo Lady @ Oct 7 2017, 7:44 pm) *

I'm thinking the keyboard is a backing track?

Anyway, they killed it. Highlight for me was "I Alone." -The crowd got into it there.
Ed sounds like he did in the 90s. smile.gif

They are showing it again on the streaming channel at 7 CDT.


Thought they sounded amazing too! Ed was spot on. Not digging that keyboard thing. They didn't do that when I saw them in July. Hoping it goes away. Haha! Come on 2018! I need some more Live shows in my life!


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post Oct 8 2017, 2:32 pm
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Couple interesting drummer things I noticed: Robin Diaz is still a backup drummer playing along with the main rhythm, but he's also doing random percussion, which I thought was super annoying in Operation Spirit. Every time I heard two snare drums at the same time, I winced. Just doesn't sound right.

I originally thought that Gracey has switched to Ahead drumsticks, but it turns out they're just black Pro Mark sticks with a special grip coating. The more you know!

Thanks for posting the video, Dan! I really appreciate it.

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Has anyone taken the individual tracks, yet, and converted them into an mp3 collection?

QUOTE(dangum @ Oct 7 2017, 10:37 pm) *

The full show can be downloaded from here:

[Video] Live - 2017-10-07 Austin City Limits Music Festival 1080p webcast

I will upload it to Mediafire and maybe YouTube in a couple of days.



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I Alone and Lightning Crashes were uploaded to Red Bull TV as part of their Best Performances playlist.

https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1SHA7M5D521...9b-15edf741b202

https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1SHA7NENW21...9b-15edf741b202

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QUOTE(dangum @ Oct 7 2017, 10:37 pm) *

The full show can be downloaded from here:

[Video] Live - 2017-10-07 Austin City Limits Music Festival 1080p webcast

I will upload it to Mediafire and maybe YouTube in a couple of days.

An upload to YouTube would be awesome if you have the time.


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QUOTE(Hoodstock @ Oct 11 2017, 5:50 am) *

An upload to YouTube would be awesome if you have the time.

I uploaded it to YouTube, but it was blocked worldwide by LiveNation so I removed it. Just download it from my Mediafire link instead.


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Is there a bootleg made off of this one yet?


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Was anybody at the 14 of October show. Was the setlist different to last week's show?


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Nice audience shot of Operation Spirit from week #1 of ACL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmjqCBISCoA


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QUOTE(dangum @ Oct 14 2017, 8:26 pm) *

Was anybody at the 14 of October show. Was the setlist different to last week's show?


I highly doubt it was different. No new songs is one reason why I didn't go.

Looking online and this says it was the same....
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/live/2017/zi...x-1be3e558.html


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