The last Alive at Five concert of the this summer season was engulfed in heat and oppressive humidity. The sweat was streaming off of everyone in attendance, including the stagehands and the staff from the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.
Behind the large, metal-framed and tarp-topped stage at Albany’s beautiful Riverfront Park, Ed Kowalczyk, former frontman for multi-platinum ’90s rockers Live, was surrounded by his bandmates, as they stood outside of their air-conditioned trailer. Wiping the sweat off his brow, Kowalczyk flashed a warm grin at the fans standing off in the distance, who were waving and calling out, “Ed, Ed, Ed…”
Running up the steps, the band commandeered the stage, launching into Live’s perennial crowd-pleaser, “All Over You.” The 40-year-old Kowalczyk traversed the stage with the speed and animation of a whirling dervish while singing the emotional anthem.