Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Houston We Are Go by Newsboys
"This is a sweet addition for any fan of the Newsboys."
With vivid memory, I still recall how I was introduced to this new musical group so many years ago: watching the creative video entitled “SHINE” on a WOW hits video. I’ve been a fan ever since that fateful afternoon.
Filmed in front of a sold out crowd in Houston, Texas, international pop/rock phenomenon Newsboys bring their sold-out “GO” tour to disc. Although I’m old school in that I enjoy listening to the tight, polished tracks of a studio title, it is evident a LIVE rendition of the music is both spontaneous and energizing! Combining the LIVE CD with a LIVE DVD was one of those marketing common sense ideas that make the package worth $18.98.
The band performs new hits; “Go”, “I am Free,” “Wherever We Go” and “In Wonder,” as well as fan favorites; “Shine,” “He Reigns” and “It is You.” ““B Stage Medley” is a whirlwind tour through several of their earlier songs . . . some of which I wished would have been full-length.
The dialogue between Peter Furler
and the audience is full of life. He engages them to become active participants
in this celebration. To complete the concert,
Peter’s testimony is captivating and full of truth.
My only disappointment is that it finished with a predictable altar call, (even though he talks about reciting the sinner’s prayer a few hundred times while growing up). I still believe a concert should be a concert. (I’m a tad wary of mass emotional faith decisions, as often is the case at live concerts.)
This is a sweet addition for any fan of the Newsboys. For anyone who’s not a fan yet, they will quickly become a card-carrying fan club member (without the card).Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.