Blowing out 27 birthday candles today is Chad Taylor, guitarist for bombastic
rockers Live. Live are best known for such emotional epics as "I Alone," "Pain
Lies on the Riverside" and "Lightning Crashes." Their song structures and
heartfelt lyrics seemingly filled the void when U2 started going out where the
trains don't run, and success has rewarded them accordingly. Taylor met
singer/guitarist Edward Kowalczyk, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer Chad
Gracey when all four were students at Edgar Fahs Middle School in their hometown
of York, Pennsylvania. The school's music teacher convinced Dahlheimer, Gracey
and Taylor to perform at an eighth grade talent show, under the name First Aid,
and the group has been together ever since, with Kowalczyk joining soon after
the talent show. The group went through a number of name changes before
settling with Public Affection. They played their first concert on Nov. 25,
1987 in front of a sold-out hometown crowd.
The group was signed by Radioactive Records in 1989 and changed their name to
Live. 1991 brought the release of an EP called Four Songs and their full
length debut, Mental Jewlery. After a lengthy tour, the group settled
down in late 1993 to record Throwing Copper, an album which concentrated
less on the reconstituted funk grooves of their past and solidifed the band's
considerable R.E.M. and U2 influence. Released in 1994, the album went on to
sell 10 million copies on the strength of such singles as "Selling The Drama,"
"I Alone," "Lightning Crashes" and "White, Discussion." Live performed at the
Woodstock '94 festival later that year and then continued their grueling tour
schedule. Earlier this year, the group released Secret Samadhi, an album
which contained a bit of a heavier sound as well as a few selections backed up
by a string section.
Other birthdays: Aston Barrett (Wailers), 41; Little Steven (Springsteen's
E-Street Band), 47; and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club/Heads), 47.