“Bring your burning skin to my river once again 
I’ll give you life”

– Ed Kowalczyk, “The River”

Antony Millen and Ed Kowalczyk

Ed Kowalczyk may be best known as the former lead singer of the band, Live. He is currently an outstanding solo artist and has just completed a tour of Australia celebrating the 20th anniversary of Live‘s 1994 album, Throwing Copper.

Following his time in Australia, I saw him play at Vector Arena’s restaurant venue, The Tuning Fork. He and his bassist, Chris Heerlein, performed his acoustic I Alone show, featuring songs from his Live days as well as tracks from his new album, The Flood and the Mercy.

It was an intimate, powerful, sold-out show enjoyed by about 300 in attendance. After the show, Ed met with fans and graciously accepted a copy of Redeeming Brother Murrihy as a gift. I thought he might enjoy the story, the setting of New Zealand, the spiritual themes and the river imagery, similar to some he uses in his lyrics. Perhaps a good read for a long plane ride home.

Read a review of the show on The 13th Floor blog.

Meeting Ed Kowalczyk
Ed Kowalczyk, Auckland 2014










Antony Millen is a Canadian living and writing in New Zealand and the author of Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama and Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space(s)

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