Live kicks off new year with performance

Fans of York-based alternative rock band Live got to kick off 2017 with a bang as the band came together for a performance Saturday night at the Valencia Ballroom in York City.

The performance came just a few weeks after the members of the band announced that they were officially reuniting. Their last performance together was in July 2009.

The band had teased something for its fans on its Facebook page Friday, when the band urged fans to tune in at 11:30 p.m. Saturday for something "very special."

Event: On Saturday night, the event was live-streamed on the Facebook page, and as of Sunday it had amassed nearly 280,000 views.

The event started with Bill Hynes, CEO and co-founder of Think Loud Development with three of the four members of Live, addressing the crowd and thanking people.  Among the people he spoke of was Louis Appell Jr., who died in June.

Hynes called Appell a friend and a mentor to the band.

"We will always be grateful to him for what he has done for us and all of York," Hynes said.

Hynes said that about 18 months ago, Appell had brought band members Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer together for a meeting.


He said Appell asked the three to get the band's lead singer, Ed Kowalczyk, back, to "shine a light on York City." Hynes said the band had "got the singer back."

"The boys are ready to shine a light on York, Pa.," Hynes said.

Among those who attended the concert was Anne Clark, candidate for York City Council. Clark said in a Facebook message Sunday that she had received an invitation for the event but that the band performing was a surprise for her.

Clark said the building was packed, adding that many people of all ages had come from all over the East Coast for it.

"The guys sounded fantastic as always," she said.


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Background: Kowalczyk, Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer formed Live in 1985. All four graduated from William Penn Senior High School in 1989.

Live is best known for its 1994 album "Throwing Copper" and hits including "Lightning Crashes" and "Selling the Drama." In 1996, the group was voted Artist of the Year by readers of Rolling Stone magazine.

The band split up in 2008, although Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer have performed with other singers since 2012.

After the breakup, Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer founded United Fiber & Data, a fiber-optic company based in York City.

Along with Hynes, they also run Think Loud Development, a company that is working with UFD on its fiber-optics project.

For more information on the band, including a video of Saturday's performance, check its Facebook page.

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