Tony Cummings reports on the unexpected re-emergence, at least for a live tour, of one time NEWSBOYS band members
Two former members of the Platinum-selling CCM band Newsboys, singer Peter Furler and bassman Phil Joel, are joining the current lineup of the band for a unique tour of the USA. The Newsboys United Tour will feature "all the hits. . . under one roof. . . for one tour." Furler and Joel will join the group for many of the most popular hits of the band's three-decade career. Furler was vocalist and drummer with the band from 1985 to 2009 while Joel played bass with the Newsboys from 1994 to 2006. The Newsboys United Tour will also feature special guest Word Worship recording artist Zealand, which is founded and fronted by Joel.
Said Michael Tait, "We're so excited for Peter and Phil to join us on the road next year. Taking the stage with two men who indelibly shaped the history of this band will be an unforgettable experience for us all. We can't wait to share these special moments with our fans as well." Furler commented, "I'm stoked to reunite with the Newsboys. It's going to be brilliant to jam with the lads once again," while Joel added, "I'm really excited to share the stage with the guys again. The timing and heart behind this tour feels so right and I'm pumped for Newsboys fans both past and present to join us!"
One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, Newsboys have sold more than eight million units and amassed eight Gold certifications, 33 number one Christian radio hits, four Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards. Comprised of Michael Tait (lead vocals), Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums), Newsboys' signature songs include "We Believe", "He Reigns", "Miracles", "Born Again" and their Platinum-certified mega hit, "God's Not Dead". The latter inspired the popular Christian two-film franchise both of which included appearances by the band.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.