This was my third GO Tour. Others were Kalamazoo (famed Paul falls off the stage show) and Ichthus Fest in Kentucky. This was my 17th overall nbs show in 12 years.
I have the GO Tour guitar and was able to get it signed before the show by Pete and Jeff. Pete has just woken up and hadnt shaved (looked much different), and Jeff was just coming in from the airport at 5:00 (running very late, almost didnt make it). Ive got video of them signing the guitar, will post soon.
The concert was great again of course. They added the two new songs (which were done awesomely). But they cut In Wonder, which is now the radio single here, so I thought that was odd. I thought they should have cut Mission and left Wonder in. I also thought they might have the Greatest Hits CD for sale a few days early at our show and they didnt, but thats fine.
Now the overall volume seemed to be a bit high at this show. Now, dont get me wrong, Im not some old guy, I play in a band myself and go to shows all the time. In my opinion they had the sound set to arena volume at a small theater. It was massive, and ALMOST too much. The loudest Ive ever heard, and that says something for newsboys!
Here’s my complete list of shows Ive been to over the years…
NEWSBOYS CONCERTS I’VE BEEN TO:
1992 Epworth Forest IN Youth Conference “Not Ashamed Tour”
1994 Epworth Forest IN Youth Conference “Going Public Tour”
1996 South Bend, IN Notre Dame “Take Me To Your Leader Tour”
1997 Muncie, IN Acquire the Fire convention “Take Me to your Leader Tour”
1998 Chicago, IL Acquire the Fire convention “Take Me to your Leader Tour”
1999 South Bend, IN Notre Dame “Step up to the Microphone Tour”
2000 South Bend, IN Scottsdale Mall “Airdome Tour”
2001 South Bend, IN 4H Fairground “Festival Con Dios Tour”
2002 Indianapolis, IN Stand Up Acquire the Fire “Thrive Tour”
2002 Oshkosh, WI Lifest “Thrive Tour”
2002 South Bend, IN World Pulse Festival “Thrive Tour”
2002 Elkhart, IN Elco Theater “Thrive Tour”
2003 South Bend, IN World Pulse Festival “Adoration Tour”
2006 South Bend, IN World Pulse Festival Devotion
2007 Kalamazoo, MI Wings Stadium GO Tour
2007 Wilmore, KY Ichthus Festival GO Tour
2007 South Bend, IN Morris Civic Auditorium GO Tour
PHIL JOEL SOLO CONCERTS I’VE BEEN TO:
2000 St. Joseph, MI Road to Life Church “Watching Over You Tour”
2001 South Bend, IN Trinity EV Free Church “Strangely Normal Tour” *
2001 South Bend, IN Live from Studio B “Television Taping”
2001 Pennsylvania “Strangely Normal Tour”
2001 New Jersey “Strangely Normal Tour”
* I was the local promoter for this tour stop, I was invited on the road for the next three (helping with sound equipment)
THE FOLLOWING IS A VIDEO RE-COUNT OF OUR DAY STAKING OUT THE NEWSBOYS: