Newsboys [newboys Live: Houston We Are GO]
Posted October 07, 2008
Since 2004, the writers of Christian Music Review and I have had the opportunity to attend at least a half dozen Newsboys concerts starting back in February 2004 with the highly successful (and very long) Adoration Tour. Right off the bat the Newsboys proved that a Christian concert could be both exciting and exhilarating, but more importantly, it was uplifting to me. Not only were the songs ministering to me, but the conversations between songs by front-man Peter Furler were both thought-provoking and uplifting. From that point on, I made it a point to come out and see the Newsboys whenever they were in our immediate area.
The Newsboys released their most recent studio album Go, in late October 2006. The boys had been riding the success of their two worship projects, Adoration (2003) and Devotion (2005), which spawned many radio hits, some which include their huge worship hit, “He Reigns”; “You Are My King (Amazing Love)” and “Presence (My Heart’s Desire)”. Either way you looked at it, the Newsboys were one of the bands with the most successful radio runs from 2004 to 2006. When Go hit store shelves it received the same critical acclaim as its predecessors.
Fast forward to the early summer of 2008. The band had been touring their Go CD for over a year and a half. It was time to put out a live CD/DVD. If any of you reading this right now had the opportunity to catch the Newsboys while on their Go tour then you know that not only was it a great show, but a sight that had to be seen live in person. There was just too much going on to really explain it, so now that Houston We Are GO is out, you can tell those unfortunate friends who couldn’t attend that they have another chance. Not only does this release cover the audio portion of the concert (CD), but it’s also accompanied by a concert DVD chronicling the entire show.
There are those crazy kids in the crowd with the glow in the dark sticks and necklaces and of course we can’t forget those ‘old school’ Newsboys fans that came to the show ready to start lobbing their Cap’n Crunch cereal into the crowd around them when the band goes into their early hit, “Breakfast”. You especially can’t forget the awesome drum solo. It’s not your ‘typical drum solo’. You’ll have to see it to believe it. Yes, the Newsboys put on a great show and while the Houston We Are GO CD/DVD gives you a look at a typical tour stop, you just have to see this band live and see for yourself as to why these guys from down under have captured the hearts of fans all over the world with their stylistic rock/pop music while ministering to the masses with their great message.
Out of all of the live CDs that have been released in the past couple of years, there are only a few that really live up to the hype of being ‘one that you can’t miss’. This is one of those releases. Newsboys LIVE: Houston We Are GO is one of those albums you’ll enjoy listening to over and over again!
While the concert comes packaged in this release both as a CD & DVD, the concert DVD has no special features. It’s only content is the concert, but for those who had missed a Go tour stop, it’s enough to get you wanting to see them next time their nearby!
Rating: 9.1 out of 10 (91%, A-)
Review written by: Jay Heilman | Review can also be found here.
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