Many years can pass and music preferences can change, but when a song triggers a memory all of those changes and years disappear and you remember just how great that album and those songs were.
Enter Throwing Copper.
The 1994 album by York-natives Live went eight times platinum and was one of the best albums of the 90s – no small feat during one of music's best decades. But for whatever reason, over the years, the epic album worked its way out of my listening rotation.
However, after Live ripped through seven Throwing Copper tracks in their blistering 11-song set last night at the invite-only concert at York's Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, I can assure you that the album will never again be far from my CD player.
From the first notes of set opener, "The Dam at Otter Creek," to the last hum of the guitar amplifiers in the encore of "T.B.D.," the capacity crowd buzzed with excitement.
Led by original members Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums), Monday's concert was Live's first local show in more than three years. It was also their first ever with a revamped six-piece band that included new lead singer Chris Shinn and Candlebox guitarist Sean Hennesy.
Shinn, who previously fronted the Seattle band Unified Theory, was spot-on vocally all night and said he was a "blessed individual" to be a part of Live.
Former lead singer Ed Kowalczyk left the band in late 2009 to pursue a solo career and said in a June interview that he has no plans to work with the band again. Still, talking to the crowd between songs, Shinn affirmed, "There's no bad blood, none of that. Let’s celebrate Live tonight."
Celebrate they did – with big chorus rockers "All Over You," "I Alone" and "The Dolphin’s Cry" and sing-along 90s smash hits "Selling the Drama" and "Lightning Crashes." The band was tight, loud, and well-received.
Before kicking into the encore, Shinn asked the crowd, "Not bad for a first show, right?"
Not bad. Not bad at all. Live is alive and well.
Live only played material from their three biggest albums, all released in the 90s, in their hour and 10 minute set. The only notable omission being their unflattering ode to York, "Shit Towne," which was shouted by fans throughout the night.
No further dates have been announced for Live's tour, but they are currently working on an album of new material and scheduling dates across the country. They are also in the process of launching a new website with news, new material and promotional contests.