MercyMe Invites Road Manager to "Play" Macy's Thanksgiving Parade With Them
Band appears to crowd of 3 million during annual event
Posted: November 27, 2015, 12:00 AM | Category:Events Artist Tags: MercyMe Source: From Staff Reports MN
Iconic group MercyMe performed at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with the special addition of their road manager on bass.
MercyMe's actual bass played, Nathan Cochran, was unable to be a part of the band's performance due to the recent birth of a child. When the band realized they had an extra spot on the float, knowing that the whole performance was going to be lip synced anyway, they invited their road manager to share the spotlight.
In a social media post documenting the event, the band shared "Having 'Big Joel' by our side on that float is one of the biggest highlights of our career! Quite possibly one the worst yet beautiful fake bass performances ever! Not to mention Joel had to wave for 2.5 miles to 3 million people. He was an incredible sport! Of course we'd prefer to have Nathan with us, but he's just fine holding that new baby! That said, our Macy's Thanksgiving Parade experience could not have been more perfect!"
The performance, televised to an audience of an estimated 50 million, is a first in the band's storied career. Their appearance follows the success of the album Welcome to the New, featuring smash singles "Greater" and "Flawless," and their recent Christmas release MercyMe, It's Christmas!