One of my favorite bands is The Newsboys. I had heard a lot of their music over the years but really discovered them in early 2009. I listened to almost every one of their albums and they became one of my major playlists on my Ipod. I watched their DVD recorded in Houston on their "GO" tour. They were one band I really wanted to see in person. I admit I was a little shocked when Peter Furler left the band before I got a chance to see him perform. I believe he brought a lot of the "soul" to the band and had hoped to see him live. Adding Michael Tait (formally of DC Talk) would prove to be an interesting mix. Their new album "Born Again" came out in July and I quickly added it to my music. It is very much a "Tait" influenced album but still very much the Newsboys. There are some great sub-texts to the words when you listen that can describe both being a Christian as well as the evolution of the band.
I got a chance to see the new version last Friday and I must say I was totally blown away and loved every minute of the concert. I heard comments that they were not as good without Peter and I heard comments that they were even better. They played a mix of old, new, and favorites. I don't think they have lost anything and may have gained a whole new audience with the addition of Michael. The thing is that there are always going to be changes...when the Newsboys originally started Peter was the drummer and later became the lead singer. Jody Davis was with the band for awhile and then left. There will always be an evolution. Interestingly enough the title of their new album pretty well describes this edition of the band. They rocked the house and I loved being a fan!!