LIVE lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, blues artist coming to Last Fling

  • Ed Kowalczyk, former lead singer of the band LIVE, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Last Fling festival in Naperville.

    Ed Kowalczyk, former lead singer of the band LIVE, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Last Fling festival in Naperville. Amy Reed AP Photo August 2007

 
 
Updated 7/28/2015 12:30 PM

Before Daughtry performs on Sept. 5 at the Last Fling in Naperville, a 19-year-old blues artist hailed as a future guitar hero and the former lead singer of LIVE will take the stage.

Ed Kowalczyk, former vocalist for LIVE, and blues artist Matthew Curry each will play before Daughtry, the Saturday night headliner, performs at 8 p.m., festival organizers with the Naperville Jaycees announced Tuesday.

 

Kowalczyk launched a solo career in 2009 after selling more than 20 million copies of eight full-length albums with LIVE. His career with the group during the late 1980s, '90s and 2000s included nine Top 10-hits such as "Lightning Crashes," "I Alone," "Selling the Drama," and "Heaven."

Kowalczyk's performance beginning at 6 p.m. at the Last Fling will include some of LIVE'S biggest hits as well as new music in full-band and acoustic form.

Curry, meanwhile, will begin the day at 4 p.m. playing guitar riffs that have inspired Facebook kudos from Peter Frampton, who says he has the potential to for a "big future" as a new guitar hero.

Curry, 19, hails from downstate Normal and has toured with artists including Steve Miller Band, Doobie Brothers and Frampton.

After Curry's and Kowalczyk's shows, frontman Chris Daughtry and his band will perform at 8 p.m. at the base of Rotary Hill in Naperville, 440 Aurora Ave.

VIP tickets for Daughtry have sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $30 until Sept. 4 at lastfling.org. At the gate, tickets cost $35.

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