The show was amazing! The venue was beautiful and being able to come to NYC from NC after not being there for many years was special. Playing tour guide to fellow Third Day fan Wendy was fun. We did the tourist thing and finished the day with the show. Was so pumped after the show that we got our second wind and went to the Empire State Building to view the city from the 86th floor!! The show was awesome. Peter Furler was the icing on the cake. Let's do it again soon!
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In a sense, this show was 17 years in the making.
We first played in New York City back in 1996. It was our very first headlining tour with Seven Day Jesus and All Star United. I remember being so nervous and amped up about the show. Even though we performed in front of a modest crowd that night, you could sense the electricity in the air. There is something extra special about playing New York. People literally drive in from other states to go to shows. For lack of a better way to put it, it's like you're doing a "real" show.
We've played New York several times since then, including a great show at the Nokia a few years back. But we've always wanted to have something really special. I think tonight it might have finally happened.
We flew in from Atlanta this afternoon, and after getting settled into our hotel, we convened at the Beacon Theatre stage for our soundcheck. The Beacon is a beautiful old theater in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. If you're a big rock fan like myself, you know that the Beacon has been the home to many famous shows, including a legendary run by the Allman Brothers.
We took the stage at about 8:00 with no opener. The set started with Hit Me Like a Bomb and Make Your Move. If you saw us on the spring tour, it was similar to that set. After Revelation, we brought out our friend Peter Furler and launched into Keep on Rockin in the Free World followed by He Reigns and I Am Free, two classic Newsboys songs he wrote. We learned a lot opening up for Peter and the Newsboys back in the day, and continue to learn from him. He just lays it all out there, and I think the crowd really appreciates it. Mac joked that we didn't have him open up because we didn't want to have to go on after him. I think there's some truth to that!
As we began the acoustic set, another "special" thing about tonight was unfurled. We had famed artist Ray Ferrer paint our piano for us with a unique New York theme (try saying that 5 times!). We did Morning Has Broken, Show Me Your Glory, and Cry Out to Jesus. We even added Blessed Assurance and a "by request" rendition of Thief.
At one point, Mac asked the audience where everyone was from. Besides New York City and neighboring areas, people had driven or flown in from all over the country. We even had a family here from the Netherlands.
The show ended with Seven Bridges Road and Gone. Standing at the edge of the stage, I took in the moment. We set out to create a show that the fans and the band would remember for years to come, and I'm pretty sure we did that. I think the 1996 version of myself would have been proud.