According to a post on Live guitarist Chad Taylor's blog, the relationship between lead singer Ed Kowlalczyk and the other members of the band has soured to the point where the members of the band "will never play a show with him again."
According to a post on Live guitarist Chad Taylor’s blog, the relationship between lead singer Ed Kowlalczyk and the other members of the band has soured to the point where the members of the band “will never play a show with him again.” In a blog posted yesterday (11/30) on Taylor’s website at http://allthingschadtaylor.blogspot.com he stated that Kowlalczyk is no longer considered a member of the band after reportedly leaving the three other members of the band out of a publishing deal that Kowlalczyk signed in 2005 for the band. “There was a hidden publishing contract singed in 2005. I personally discovered it via a communication breakdown,” Taylor explained in the post. “Ed is listed as the only signature. When I wrote him to find some resolution to the situation, he failed to respond. Ed was able to stab his three best friends from middle school in the back. This act was far down the line from typical rock star ego. As you can imagine I am deeply hurt and wounded.” Taylor went on to explain that Kowlalczyk reportedly requested a $100,000 “lead singer bonus” to perform with that band at a festival earlier this year. “I was informed of his request by our management and politely told them to ‘fuck off,'” explained Taylor. “Ed will no longer be the vocalist for the band LIVE. At this point in time, we have made no official plans to replace him but it is clear that he is no friend of mine or the lifelong fans of LIVE.” Taylor says he will focus his time on the recently formed band The Gracious Few, with Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin. Initially believed to be a side project for Taylor and his fellow Live band mates, The Gracious Few may become a main gig for the band members in light of the recent news. Meanwhile, as reported yesterday, Kowlalczyk will continue to tour on his acoustic ‘Open Wings Broken Strings’ tour, predominately playing Live songs acoustically. Kowlalczyk could not be reached for comment on Taylor’s blog post at press time.