I was 11 and it was 1996. Dad had just been to a Promise Keeper's conference and introduced our family to Christian music. This was also the year I started liking the Beatles. So when Dad brought home "Goldie's Last Day" by PFR, I was hooked.
Then we went on a trip to Orlando, FL. On family trips we all took turns picking the music. We had just purchased "Great Lengths." I picked it every time it was my turn. Needless to say, every time I listen to PFR, I think of Orlando, FL.
That fall, I started 6th grade only to find out, PFR is breaking up!!! NOOOO. We went to their final tour concert, and I met them and got their signatures on a picture that I still have.
Then they made a greatest hits album with 3 new songs and one bonus. Then, in 2001, they made another album, but I didn't go to their concert because it was at the Varsity. Seriously, guys? Also, I wasn't into the album.
It's 2012 now. I'm listening to them so much this week that I'm obsessing. I like their 2001 album, in fact, love it, along with "Them" which I also used to not like as much as "Goldie" or "Great Lengths." And joy of joys, they're back together for a 20 year reunion tour. I could do backflips if I did that stuff.
Here's a video of when Joel Hanson had long, beautiful, clean-looking hair:
Here is him now, hiding his pretty eyes behind geek glasses: