Live's Patrick Dahlheimer

Patrick Dahlheimer is the founding bassist for Live, the modern-rock band known for its emotional intensity and energetic live shows.

He was born May 30, 1971, in York, Pa. In the early '80s, Dahlheimer formed the rock band First Aid with fellow York residents Chad Taylor (guitar) and Chad Gracey (drums). The band changed its name to Public Affection after adding lead singer Ed Kowalczyk.

The group developed a following in Pennsylvania and released a cassette, The Death of a Dictionary (1989), on their own Action Front label. After gigging around New York clubs such as CBGB's, the band signed a demo deal with Giant Records. Although the label passed on the band, Radioactive Records picked them up, recruiting ex–Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison to produce the group's debut. The band changed its name to Live shortly after signing with Radioactive.

Several of the tracks on Live's 1991 debut, Mental Jewelry, including "Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" and "Pain Lies on the Riverside," were inspired by Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of Kowalczyk's heroes.

In 1994 the band's spiritual and anthemic Throwing Copper sold more than 7 million copies, thanks to the singles "Selling the Drama," "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes." The group's next release, the more experimental Secret Samadhi (1997), went platinum.

In 1999 the band reunited with Harrison to record A Distance to Here, which included "The Dolphin's Cry" and "Run to the Water" (RealAudio excerpt), which was co-written by Dalheimer.

Live played the Chicago installment of the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert, as well as Woodstock '99 in Rome, N.Y.

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