Newsboys, those '90s alt-rock icons of Christian music, bring their latest tour, "United," to the Savannah Civic Center on July 21.
The band’s crossover appeal continues to present day. Their 2010 album, "Born Again," debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. In 2016, "Love Riot" debuted on both the Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums Billboard charts.
They are one of the most influential bands in Christian music history, selling more than 8 million albums, with eight Gold certifications, 33 No. 1 radio hits, four Grammy nominations, two American Music Awards and wins or nominations for dozens of Dove Awards, thanks to signature songs like “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles” and “Born Again.”
Newsboys have also contributed regularly to the "Veggie Tales" franchise.
And, let’s talk about the Christian movie marvel that is the “God’s Not Dead” series. Not only did the Newsboys’ Platinum-certified mega-hit single “God’s Not Dead” serve as the inspiration, the band also did cameos in “God’s Not Dead” and “God’s Not Dead 2.” The next film in the series, “God's Not Dead — A Light In Darkness,” was released in March.
The band has been playing and touring in one incarnation or another for more than 30 years, with nearly two dozen albums and nearly as many current or former members. But with this summer’s tour, the old band is getting back together.
Founding member and longtime vocalist Peter Furler (fans of the “Shine” era, please remember his silver lamé suit) and longtime bassist and vocalist Phil Joel are joining the current Newsboys team of Michael Tait (lead vocals, formerly of D.C. Talk), Duncan Phillips (drums), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Jody Davis (guitar) for what the band is dubbing “all the hits... under one roof... for one tour.”
This summer’s tour features special guest Word Worship, recording artist Zealand and a special appearance by singer/songwriter Adam Agee (currently with Audio Adrenaline, formerly of Stellar Kart).
If you’re coming to Savannah's show, expect a mix of rock, pop, worship and dance music. It’s going to be high energy, the atmosphere will be upbeat and family-friendly and the band promises all the positivity of the current album's title track “Love Riot.”
“When I speak from stage, I often talk about love,” says Tait in a release. “Darkness has been so prevalent in our culture. Let’s have a love riot — it’s time.”