"Hit Or Miss in 2013"
Several of the band's biggest supporters and followers, the Gomers, have faced the realization that any face time with band members nowadays is just "hit or miss" and never a guarantee. Granted, shows with VIP ticket options may get you a quick "Hi" and hand shake in a huge autograph line of possibly 300 or more people, but that's about it. It is understandable that Wired had to end due to certain logistics, but are the "cattle call" lines really any better? They sure aren't for the fans and must be taxing on the band members too.
The Gomers are very appreciative whenever the extra effort is made for us to get a quick group photo with the band. We are truly grateful for the added bonus. Many of us attend multiple shows, make a considerable investment financially and effort-wise, and often travel long distances to get to the concerts. The Miracle tour has had its share of ups and downs too. Some shows were high energy, high spirited. Others were rather stock; same exact song set and sort of routine in nature. The Miracle album has some very good songs, but it doesn't have as strong of a Godly presence as past albums. More pop oriented and a less direct focus on Jesus. Part of the reason why the tour wasn't quite as fulfilling for some the band's most avid fans. It wasn't just the lack of face time, which was very minimal or completely non-existent. It was also the less direct God-centered song material from the Miracle album. Songs like "Hit Me Like a Bomb" and "Kicking and Screaming" are likable, fun, poppy, sing along songs, but that's about it. No Jesus...
Please understand this is merely an open, honest evaluation from one of Third Day's most avid, long term fans. I love this band and what it stands for; extremely God anointed and multi-talented. The music ministry is an enormous blessing in so many ways to countless thousands of Christians. I sincerely hope and pray the band receives this post objectively. Definitely looking forward to a Christmas concert in December, if we're able to make it to one. Please add one or more in the southern region of the U.S. too.
God bless you all, Tai, Mac, Mark, David and Scotty.