Patrick Michael Dahlheimer was born on May 30, 1971 in the industrial town of York, Pennsylvania. He first played bass under the teachings of Don Carn at Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School. He played both fretless and double (upright) bass, but found his home in the electric. Carn brought together Patrick and classmates Chad Taylor and Chad Gracey to perform in the school's talent show. They went on to win that talent show as an instrumental trio called First Aid. But after losing the Great York Talent Hunt under the name Action Front they decided they needed a lead singer. Another classmate, Ed Kowalczyk joined the band around the time they entered 9th grade.
In high school, Patrick continued with his love of music, playing in the school's Marching Band, Jazz Band (Serenaders), Jazz Trio, and Pit Band, all the while playing bass with Ed and the two Chads. While still in high school the band changed their name (after a lot of name changes) to Public Affection.
After graduating from William Penn Senior High in June 1989 the band put aside college to give their music career a 'go'. In 1989, they released The Death of a Dictionary. This 10-track cassette album, released under their own Action Front Records, was limited to only 2,000 copies.
Around the time Live was touring in support of their second album, Throwing Copper, Patrick began to collect vintage instruments, which he continues to, although he doesn't tour religiously with them anymore. Through the years he has accumulated around 40 guitars!
With 7 albums under his belt, Patrick Dahlheimer continues to hold down the low-end of Live with the uniqueness and passion he's always had. I believe we have not yet heard the whole of what he can do.
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