Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk notes that this summer is “the first time we’ve ever gone on a full U.S. tour without a record to promote,” a unique situation for a band that’s released seven albums since 1992 — and has enjoyed hits such as “Lightning Crashes” and “I Alone.”
“I just thought it would be cool to not have that pressure added to the tour,” Kowalczyk, 35, explains, “and maybe the tour could be more of a creative environment and take that energy we’re saving in terms of not having an album out and use it to make the shows great.”
Live is putting itself in some interesting live situations this summer, spending most of it on the road with Collective Soul and playing a series of minor league baseball stadiums with Counting Crows also on the bill. Meanwhile, Kowalczyk and company hope to use some of that aforementioned creative energy to start ideas rolling for Live’s next album, which the group will start working on in earnest later this year.
“We’re really at a kind of crossroads with what we want to do,” Kowalczyk says. “There’s sort of a new impetus within the four of us to try something completely unique and different and really change our strategy.
“That’s still being worked out, so I don’t know what that will end up being. There are times when I’d like to do a really stripped-down approach for the next record, and some days I wake up and want to be heavier than ever. It’s still being worked out, I guess.”
Live, Collective Soul and Big Head Todd & the Monsters perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 8th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $37.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.