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.