Newsboys make tour stop Oct. 4

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerSeptember 28, 2012 

The Newsboys will bring the God's Not Dead tour to the Tri-Cities for a one-night performance Oct. 4 at Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Also appearing with the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band will be Building 429, The Neverclaim, Luminate and Christian music newcomer Grace Campbell.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are from $17 to $57, with group discounts available. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, or to avoid service charges, go to the Toyota Center box office.

The Newsboys are made up of front man Michael Tait, Jeff Frankenstein on keyboards, Duncan Phillips on drums and Jody Davis on guitar.

The band is all about modern worship through music with a blend of rock and pop, said Summer Sorensen, the band's publicist.

She said lead singer Tait explains the tour's title as a way to celebrate victory over centuries of philosophical thought that has taught otherwise.

In other words, "If God's not dead, then let's worship him," Sorensen quoted Tait as saying.

"Throughout the band's award-winning, envelope-pushing history, expression of worship has always been evident in any given Newsboys track listing," she added. "When Tait joined the group in 2009, he and the other three boys wanted fans to know worship emphasis would never change."

That mission seems to have been accomplished with the number of hit songs on the Newsboys' latest CD, also titled God's Not Dead. That title song has been at the top of the Christian music charts for the past seven weeks.

Building 429 hit the air waves in 2004 when its song Glory Defined hit No. 1 on the Christian chart and also earned BMI's song of the year in 2005. That same year, the band earned the top Dove Award for artist of the year.

Luminate is a Texas pop/rock Christian band whose first album, Come Home, was nominated for a Dove Award.

The Neverclaim is a Portland-based band whose first full length CD, Revival, produced three hit songs: My Soul Longs, His Glory is Rising and Burn.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricity\herald.com

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