Kowalczyk hasn't returned requests for interviews since 2009. At the time, he told FlipSide, "I'm digging into this new tour and have no future plans to tour or play with Live at the moment."
It was the polite thing to say about a private feud that drove a wedge between guys who had been friends since middle school.
Members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey were moving on without Kowalczyk.
After the split, Taylor vented frustration on his blog. Then, he, Dahlheimer and Gracey formed The Gracious Few. Early this year, the three seemed to make peace with the situation and the hometown they once left.
They joined York's redevelopment efforts and, in March, announced that Chris Shinn would replace Kowalczyk and front a new incarnation of Live. It was a fresh start.
But now Kowalczyk is coming back -- this time to a town that Taylor, Dahlheimer and Gracey are working to revive. It's complicated. The name of Kowalczyk's tour -- "I Alone Acoustic" -- is fitting, Gracey said, since the singer will be solo.
"Right now it may be confusing to people," he added about who is and isn't in Live. "It won't be in a few months."
Taylor, Dahlheimer, Gracey and Shinn are recording music and plan to tour on a larger scale. But Kowalczyk's tour will promote an upcoming album. And original Live members share songwriting credits, so they can all perform the group's hits.
For now, Gracey said, Live is trying to move forward without focusing on what Kowalczyk's doing.
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