Alternative rock at its best with Ed Kowalczyk and Vertical Horizon

Former LIVE frontman Ed Kowalczyk 

Local music fans will be treated to a trove of the most memorable alternative rock hits during the past two decades as two of the biggest names in alternative rock invade the concert scene for a back-to-back performance.

Ed Kowalczyk, former lead vocalist of the American rock band Live, will share the spotlight with the alternative rock group Vertical Horizon as they headline the twinbill to be staged on April 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

The two-in-one show from Ovation Productions is expected to bring together what promises to be a grand rockfest millions of fans  as they whoop,  gyrate and stomp to the tunes of the greatest alternative rock hits from the 1990s through the 2000s.

Vertical Horizon will also perform at a solo concert on April 29 at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City.

Kowalczyk,  who will be backed by a full band, will  render the greatest hits of Live,  for which he was also the principal songwriter and credited for making it one of the most successful alternative rock bands.  

Among Live’s hits are All Over You, The Dolphin’s Cry, I Walk The Line, Selling The Drama, Lightning Crashes, Turn My Head, I Alone, Heaven,  Iris, Shit Towne, and many more.

He will also sing selections from his 2010 debut solo album, Alive, such as Drive, The Great Beyond, Grace, Stand,  Drink  (Everlasting Love), Zion,  In Your Light, Just In Time, Rome, Soul Whispers, Fire In The Mountain, Eat Your Love and  A New World.

Kowalczyk has conquered the hearts of millions  since he embarked on a musical career in 1991 in York, Pennsylvania  when,  together with three others,  he formed the band that would later be known as Live.

Throughout his stint with Live,  Kowalczyk has built a sterling record of  achievements that includes eight full-length albums, total CD sales exceeding 20 million,  a huge global fan base and extensive touring all over the world.

 With their disbandment in 2009,  Kowalczyk ventured into a solo career that was highlighted by the international release in 2010 of a solo album, Alive,  whose songs he composed with an acoustic guitar.

Grace, the first single from the album, rapidly climbed its way up the Alternatives and Rock radio charts after seven weeks, with heavy airplay coming from big cities, such as Syracuse, Rochester and Charlotte, with its largest market added from WBDS in Boston.

Vertical Horizon

The alternative rock band Vertical Horizon, on the other hand,  rose to prominence  for a string of hit singles in 1999 and early 2000,  such as  You’re A God, Everything You Want, Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning),  I’m Still Here, Forever, When  You Cry, Save Me From Myself, and many more.

It was formed in 1991 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC by the duo of Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane,  which  performed well-received cover sets in the campus in its early years and was active in the touring circuit.

After drummer Ed Toth and bassist Sean Hurley joined in 1996 and 1998, respectively, the now four-piece band was signed to Sony BMG Music Entertainment/RCA Record, which released its debut major label album, Everything You Want, in 1999.

A string of  hit singles followed, such as We Are, Everything You Want, You’re A God and Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning).

Its most recent album was Burning The Days,  which was released in September 200 and its first major recording after a hiatus of five years.

Vertical Horizon is composed of Matthew Scannell on lead vocals and lead guitar; Ron Lavella on drums; Jason Onme on rhythm guitar and backing vocals and Cedric Le Moyne on bass guitar, backing vocals.

For inquiries and reservations, call Ticketnet at 911-5555.

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