Illness Forces Live To Cancel String Of Year-End Dates

Pennsylvania alt rockers Live have had to postpone their year-end plans as doctors have ordered frontman Ed Kowalczyk to rest his voice after the singer fell ill.

The band's official Web site (at www.friendsoflive.com) reports that Kowalczyk has come down with a respiratory infection, prompting doctors to order the singer not to sing or speak for the next four to six weeks.

The infection has forced the band to postpone its year-end plans, including shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey on December 30 and Hershey, Pennsylvania on December 31. The Asbury Park show has been moved to February 8 while the Hershey show will now be staged on February 4. In an attempt to make it up to fans in Hershey who now find themselves without New Year's Eve plans, the band plans to offer ticketholders in Hershey a special gift.

The infection has dogged Kowalczyk since early last month when he, drummer Chad Gracey, and

Adam Kowalczyk (Ed's brother and a touring guitarist with the band) all came down with the illness. At the time, the band was forced to cancel a string of appearances that included a visit to "The Late Show With David Letterman" (see "Live Cancels Shows, 'Letterman' Taping Due To Respiratory Illness").