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- Posted on Jul 19th 2012 2:00PM by Jason MacNeil
According to Billboard, Action Front Unlimited, the company created by Kowalcyzk, guitarist Chad Taylor, drumer Chad Gracey and bassist Patrick Dahlheimer to run the band's operations, is accusing the former singer of using the Live trademark in promotional material and tour advertisements. Kowalcyzk is also accused of misrepresenting the public as to his status, causing "confusion" as he's reportedly touring as "Ed Kowalcyzk of Live." The suit also claims promoters, booking agents and venues are being led to believe Kowalcyzk, who left the band in 2009, is still in the band and that his new music isn't endorsed by Live.
As well, Kowalcyzk released a solo album entitled Alive, which perhaps only added to the general public's confusion.According to The Comet, Taylor wrote fans a letter last year explaining the situation with Kowalcyzk.
"At this point, everything remains positive between Chad, Patrick, and I and we deeply appreciate your support throughout the hiatus," Taylor wrote. "We can sympathize with your angst surrounding Ed's departure. His magical lyrics touched all of our lives for so many years. On many levels he can never be replaced.
"Only Ed can determine his future and right now he is unresponsive regarding LIVE; so we must move forward without him. We ask that our history with each other be respected and that no ill will be charged towards Ed for following his dreams."
Live, who have a new lead singer named Chris Shinn, are perhaps best known for their album Throwing Copper. The band's last album Songs From Black Mountain came out in 2006.