Michael W. Smith and The Newsboys

Michael W. Smith and The Newsboys

Surrounded and United tour

Moline, IL

April 19, 2019

            During this show, MWS noted that while he had toured with dc Talk and Michael Tait in 1992 (!), this match-up with the Newsboys was a first.  It’s a really good show too.

            The Newsboys opened the show with a couple recent songs then were joined on-stage by former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel. Stand-bys such as “Entertaining Angels” and “Breakfast” are always fun songs in concert.

            The big news of the night came when Michael Tait announced that Newsboys United will release on May 10.  The record will feature Tait, Furler and Joel.  Tait sang “Greatness of Our God,” the first single off the new forthcoming record.  Tait called the song the “most favorite” song of his career.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the Newsboys live and drummer Duncan Phillips is just awesome.

            MWS set included a few WAY back songs from 1992’s “Go West Young Man.”  I wish he would’ve played more songs from the “Million Lights” release but “Secret Ambition” never gets old, especially hearing that song at the start of Easter weekend.  You could hear a pin drop when Michael introduced “This is Your Time,” his tribute to Cassie Bernall.  This was the night before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.  Look up her story

            The show opened with two songs from Adam Agee, former lead singer for Stellar Kart and Audio Adrenaline.  He has a solo CD that’s worth checking out.

            The Surrounded and United tour runs through mid-May.  Catch it while you can!

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