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Ed Kowalczyk celebrates the 20th anniversary of ‘Throwing Copper’

In the summer of 1994, Live was a little-known alternative rock band playing small venues and trying to carve out a spot in the world of post-grunge rock ’n’ roll. The release of the band’s second album, “Throwing Copper,” changed all that.

The album, best known for the soulful track, “Lightning Crashes,” rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to sell more than 8 million copies.

Lead singer (and the man behind the lyrics) Ed Kowalczyk split from the group in 2009 to embark on a solo career. Two well-received albums later, Kowalczyk has embarked on a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Live’s most commercially successful release. He is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday in the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bear’s Den for the latest stop on his “Throwing Copper Unplugged” world tour.

Sharing the stage with guitarist Zak Loy, Kowalczyk’s show promises to be an intimate evening of acoustic rock as he revisits the best of “Throwing Copper” including “I Alone,” “All Over You” and “Selling the Drama.” Tickets start at $25. Visit

– Matt Chandler

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