- The Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2007

By Charlie Stephens, age 9

Home-schooled, Falls Church

I saw the Newsboys perform at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on March 4. They played several of their hit songs from older albums, plus new songs from their “Go” CD.

The stage had many large screens that showed different angles of how the band members were performing. There were a lot of kids my age there, and everyone jumped all through the show. Their music really makes you want to jump.

The Newsboys are a Christian band, so all of their music talks about God and makes you think about Him. Their songs are all very different in style, but the message is the same. The Newsboys tell “the good news” about God’s love for everyone in all of their songs.

Three of the men in the quartet are from Australia: That would be Peter Furler (lead singer), Paul Colman (guitar and vocals) and Duncan Phillips (drums). Jeff Frankenstein (keyboards and vocals) is an American from Michigan.

There were a lot of special effects, such as confetti shooting out of cannons on the stage, the drummer’s platform rising up and spinning completely on its side, and amazing things done with lights.

The band appeared as shadows behind a screen when the show began, and lights flashed everywhere during the songs in time with the beat and to go along with the lyrics. For example, one of their most popular songs is called “Shine,” and the lights would, well, shine really brightly to remind us how God’s light shines out through us.

It was really exciting to see the Newsboys perform live in concert. The tour continues across the country, with a few European stops, through October.

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