I went to the newsboys concert and I got to go back stage and meet the newsboys it was so cool i got all of there autograph and i got my pics taken with peter and phil it was really fun!!!.
About the newsboys
NB = The Newsboys Newsies = The Newsboys
Peter Furler = Lead vocals, occasional guitar Phil Joel = Bass guitar, occasional vocals Jody Davis = Lead guitar, backing vocals Jeff Frankenstein = Keyboard Duncan Phillips = Drums
dc = The Newsboys' former webmaster and all-around graphic design guru. Has claimed at times that he is actually a robot. He says dc stands for nothing except that which is right and just (or something along those lines...). His official portrait (as drawn by Mookie) is at the right.
Dunny = Duncan's nickname. In Australia, a dunny is a toilet (sometimes an outhouse). That doesn't keep his bandmates from using the name occasionally. Squiz = Duncan's nickname. Claims it's his middle name. No one believes him. In Australia, squiz means look, "Take a squiz at that thing over there!"
Oinch = Jeff's nickname. Some claim it stands for "Oi, Never Chew Ham." However this is more of a joke than a real guess as to Oinch's meaning. Dr. F or Dr. Frankenstein = Usually a nickname for Jeff Frankenstein, especially since he showed up in a lab coat at the LLD tour! In the Oi!-eos world, Dr. F shows up occasionally to help sick cookies. He may or may not be the Jeff cookie
Helmet = Jody's nickname.
McKracken = Phil's nickname. Hasn't been used in a long time, I believe. Philip Urry = Phil Joel. This one fooled me for the longest time. They ARE the same person. Phil changed his name. I've heard it was because Urry was mispronounced so often.
John James = Former Newsboy. Lead singer. Founded the band with Peter Furler. Kevin Mills = Former Newsboy. Bass. Is now dead. Cory Pryor = Former Newsboy. Keyboards. Vernon Bishop = Former Newsboy. Guitar. Jonathan Geange = Former Newsboy. Guitar. Phil Yates = Former Newsboy. Guitar. Sean Taylor = Former Newsboy. Bass. George Perdikas = Former Newsboy. Guitar. Left the band before their first album.
FauxJo = Nickname given to Randy Williams (previously of "The Big Tent Revival" fame) who subbed for Jody Davis for a while as Jody stayed home with his baby Bethany, who was very ill. (As a side note, I'd like to point out that it was my brother Paul who originally coined this term...)
Bob Smiley = Christian comedian and the Newsboys' traditional emcee. He has been with them for at least the "Take Me To Your Leader" tour, the "LoveLiberyDisco" tour, and Festival con Dios" tour.
Albums and Videos
RAAI = "Read All About It," the Newsboys first CD release, in 1988 HIFW = "Hell is For Wimps," Newsboys CD released in 1990 BWBB = "Boys Will Be Boyz," Newsboys CD released in 1991 NA = "Not Ashamed," Newsboys CD released in 1992 (considered by Peter Furler and others to be the first "real" Newsboys CD) GP = "Going Public," Newsboys CD released in 1993 TMTYL = "Take Me To Your Leader," Newsboys CD released in 1996 SUTTM = "Step Up to the Microphone," Newsboys CD released in 1998 LLD = "Love, Liberty, Disco," Newsboys CD released in 1999 (also called "loveliberydisco") STH = "Shine...The Hits," Newsboys CD released in 2000 (compilation with some new songs)
WOY = "Watching Over You," Phil's CD released in 2000
DUTBT = "Down Under the Big Top," Newsboys' hour-long movie released direct-to-video in 1996. Based loosely on the song "Reality."
ONIP = "One Night in Pennsylvania," a video of the "Step Up to the Microphone" tour appearance in Hershey, PN back in 1998.
FCD = Festival con Dios, a tour which was held in Spring and Fall of 2001 and toured throughout the country. The first of its kind. Featured Newsboys, OC Supertones, Audio Adrenaline, and several others.
Poachel = A fictional food. In "Down Under the Big Top" (see above) Jody and Jeff were discussing the nature of bagels. Jody suggested they were boiled in water. Jeff said that would be poaching. "You don't poach dough! They're not called poachels! They're called bagels. They're baked. Get it?!" And so the legend begins! Yum.
Never pet a burning dog = Quote attributed to Phil (originally to Kevin Mills, former band member).
Never take food from a stingy man = Quote attributed to Phil, taken from the book of Proverbs.
The Disco Ball Incident = During the LLD tour, a huge disco ball fell on Peter's head. He bled some and had to go to the hospital after the show, but he was okay.
The Collar Bone Incident = Phil broke his collar bone while motorbiking on the first day of the Steven Curtis Chapman tour. Phil made it through the rest of the tour, though. A sling and lots of aspirin! Phil's collarbone looks a little weird on that side now.
Oi!-eos = Fictional living cookies in the shapes of the Newsboys. Invented way back when by a gal named Sarah. Cookietalkers request a bag of cookies which arrive (fictionally) at their house. The bag contains the five Newsboys, sometimes their wives, and occasionally a Bob Smiley or a John James (those last two being very rare). The cookies have adventures, which the Cookietalkers tell us about in the form of a Cookie Convo (a script-like telling of their tale). Typically the cookies are prank-pullers and are always getting into trouble. Cookies = see Oi!-eos Cookietalkers = see Oi!-eos Cookieconvos = see Oi!-eos
Up = (I'm not even sure this exists anymore, but I'm sure a lot of people remember it) If you want a particular topic to appear at the top of the list of topics in a particular forum, you have to post in it. Once you've posted, it's kicked up to the top of the list. So if you want to bring a topic to everyone's attention, but don't have anything to add to it, just put "up." The message will get lifted to the top of the list (because of the new post) and everyone will see it and hopefully go read it. Up!
The Three Great Mysteries of the Newsboys = Mookie originally came up with this term. (1) Peter's birthdate (including year) (2) Duncan's middle name (probably not Squiz as he claims it is) (3) The meaning of Oinch (Jeff's nickname)
CCM Chat Lore:
Chunky Noots = A typo of "chunky boots." As in, someone wanted to take chunky noots with them to a concert because they wanted to see above tall people. It has now become the classic replacement for anything which makes one appear tall. As in, "Duncan is taller than you in that photo. Was he wearing chunky noots?"
Peter Furler doesn't come across as an impatient man. By every measure, Newsboys' lead singer/songwriter is kind-hearted, soft-spoken, in love with life. But once he starts talking about the Glory to come, a certain edge creeps into his voice and a bright fire flickers in his eyes. "I think about heaven all the time," says Peter. "I'm looking forward to the Kingdom."
Maybe so, but somehow, simultaneously, he and his band mates have engineered one of the most high-profile careers in Contemporary Christian Music. A steady string of hit albums and singles over the years, not to mention a reputation as amazing live performers, catapulted Newsboys to the top. Yet anyone familiar with the band understands the purity of faith that underlies their music. It's all about that relationship with Jesus Christ.
That's why Newsboys' latest Sparrow Records album, ADORATION: THE WORSHIP ALBUM, looms so large in their body of work. A straight-up worship album - the first in their celebrated career Adoration was a true labor of love for the band. "It takes humility to worship," notes Peter, who sees the current crop of worship albums as "a movement of the spirit. You have to know what it is to worship to write a worship song. People who don't know think it's three chords and plain lyrics, but those could be the three chords that change your life."
The album was recorded at the band's own Franklin, TN, studio: a restored Victorian house built in the early 1900's, and the place where much of their last hit album Thrive was cut. Once again, Newsboys teamed with unofficial "sixth member," co-producer Steve Taylor. But before the "record" button ever got pushed, the members of Newsboys first had to decide what kind of album they needed to make.
It all started with their hit single "It Is You", which held the #1 position on Christian radio for 12 consecutive weeks. Remembers Peter, "I was asked to write that for someone else, but when I showed it to my wife, she said, 'If you give that song away I'll kill you!'" The song's success got the band thinking the time was right to create an album's-worth of worship songs. Peter then remembered "He Reigns," a song he'd actually written a few years earlier. "It hadn't been finished melodically and lyrically," he recalls, "but it became a cornerstone for the new album."
From there, the band followed its normal, if unconventional, pattern of song craft. "Everyone has a studio at home," notes Peter. "We don't so much jam together as pass discs around. I'll pass mine on to Jeff, I'll put his on: we rehearse virtually. Then when we've all had our say, we go into the studio, and often end up keeping a lot of what we recorded at home."
The results are a stunning collection of worship songs that will surely stand the test of time. Adoration kicks off with "He Reigns," an inclusive vision of a one world under God. Says Peter, "God's grace and mercy does reach to the far ends of the Earth and to the highest heavens. We wanted to keep the song real, with the sound of a little country church in the choir. It was thrilling to go in with the nine-voice chorale."
Another stand-out is "In Christ Alone," a stirring, richly melodic anthem reminiscent of an Anglican hymn. "Praises (Take My Hands)" offers a poetic take on the flesh as an instrument of praise. "One of the key lines is, 'To live the difference,'" notes Peter. "What that means to me is that if we want people to change, we have to love them as unto the Lord. You have to humble yourself, be a new creation and work out what this salvation is."
The achingly beautiful "Hallelujah" was inspired by Mark Buchanan's powerful book Things Unseen, which urges Christians to "fixate" on the promise of Heaven. Notes Peter, "I have an appetite for eternity; and now I'm at a place where I'm ready to go. I have no fear of death." The album's title track "Adoration," with its angelic children's choir, is reminiscent of a Christmas carol. "The song is about the birth of Christ," says Peter. "But then, the album goes through different stages of worship. We're saying, God can't promise life is going to be great, just that it ends great."
Other songs, like the live version of "It Is You" and "Lord (I Don’t Know)" stretch the contours of the worship song as it's been sung in churches across the country and around the world. "This album is for the Church," notes Peter. "When we lift up the name of Christ, He will draw them in unto Him. There is a lot of power in that."
That's a lesson that has never been lost on the members of Newsboys. From humble beginnings in the church basements and pubs of Australia, to sold-out arenas, Newsboys have rocked the world from day one. After three successful underground albums in the late 80's the band reinvented itself in 1992. Under Steve Taylor's guidance, Newsboys exploded in popularity with Not Ashamed following that success with their first Gold album, 1994's Going Public (featuring their first number one hit "Shine"). In 1996, the band struck Gold again with the album Take Me To Your Leader.
Peter Furler produced the next album, Step Up To The Microphone, the band's third straight Gold album. They closed out the 90's with a series of successful arena tours, an experimental album (Love Liberty Disco) and a hit 'best-of' compilation, Shine: The Hits. Last year's studio album Thrive explored ever more exciting pathways of sound and faith. All told, Newsboys scored twenty-one #1 radio hits and sold over 3 million albums.
In addition, Newsboys have a sterling reputation in concert. The band moved from sold-out arenas on their Step Up To The Microphone Tour, to their own portable inflatable air-dome on their Love Liberty Disco Tour in 2000. The next year they took the concept even further with their most successful tour yet, Festival Con Dios. Newsboys took dozens of new and established bands out on the road with them, garnering major press attention from outlets as diverse as Newsweek, USA Today, Teen People, ESPN2, Guitar Player, Motocross Journal and Entertainment Weekly. Festival Con Dios would eventually be declared the biggest tour of the year in the industry, and last year's edition topped what came before.
After nearly 15 years together, the Nashville-based members of Newsboys feel they have nothing else to prove. "There's massive peace in that," says Peter. "You play your music, you put on the best show you can, and everyone’s grounded in faith, that makes for a lot of unity. We've learned to respect each other's talent, and learned to love each other. There's no ego here: we have families, we're all connected with local church groups, we enjoy every show, and we're happy to be making music."
As for the Newsboys' mission, that hasn't changed. "We came here to make the best music, and, as Christians, to seek first the Kingdom," says Peter. "There is much power in this kind of music. It's the most powerful music in the world."
The songs on Adoration: The Worship Album easily bear him out.
Randy Krbechek October 23, 1996
Australia's Newsboys, who are touring behind their new release, Take Me to Your Leader (Virgin 1996), will appear at Warnor's Theater on October 28th. I recently spoke with drummer and lead singer Peter Furler about the band and their Fresno concert.
Q. Where does the band make its headquarters these days?
A. In Nashville, Tennessee. We've been based in America since about 1988.
Q. How many Christian acts do you find in Nashville?
A. To be honest, I don't hang out in Nashville a lot, because we're always on tour. But I would say the majority of the major Christian acts probably live in Nashville.
Q. Are you familiar with Sam Phillips (who recorded several Christian albums under her given name, Leslie Phillips)?
A. Oh yeah. Martinis and Bikinis (1994) was a killer record.
Q. I like Sam for a number of reasons. She's opinionated and able to defend her viewpoints. I respect her for saying, "Look, this is what I stand for, and if you want me to stand for something different, well that's your deal, that's not my deal."
A. Right, I think that's how everyone should be.
Q. You've got two records that are close to going gold. How do you feel about the label "Christian Rock"?
A. Well, the simple answer is, there's nothing I'm ever going to able to do about it. I mean, you could fight it 'til the day you die, but I think you'd be battling a lost cause.
In this country, it was probably even harder for us. You see, the first three years we played Australia, we weren't really known as a "christian band." In fact, there's not really such a thing in Australia. But when we came to America, that was when the label was attached to us.
If you ask me, we started more on the lines of U2, just some guys in a band that were Christian. We've won "Pop Band of the Year" in some alternative magazines, and in the pop magazines, we've won "Alternative Band of the Year." So go figure. In the end, there's not much I can do about it, people call you what they want.
Q. Last year, Christian singers Ashley Cleveland and Carolyn Arends came to Fresno. It was a good gig, but in some ways it was almost like a revival meeting.
A. I know what you mean. We're not tied into any religious groups, so we're doing our own thing. But we've done our fair share of them.
Q. That's an interesting parallel you drew to U2, in this sense many Christian rockers are fairly up front about their faith and beliefs, whereas over the years U2, and maybe perhaps Bono in particular, has backed off a little bit from that.
A. I can't say what's going through his head, you know, there may have been pressure. I think he's still very much a spiritual character, but I don't know if the faith is as strong as it used to be. Maybe they're being persuaded in different ways. But I still admire their music a great deal.
Q. How long have you been on tour behind this album?
A. Just about two months now, not very long at all. We're doing 80 cities, so we'll finish out the end of next spring.
It's hard. Right now, we're the second biggest selling band on Virgin Records behind Smashing Pumpkins, and yet we're not even heard of.
Q. That's incredible. What can you tell me about the new album? Where did you record it?
A. We recorded it everywhere from Miami to Nashville to L.A. to some changing rooms. We really recorded it on the fly. Although a fair bit was recorded in Nashville in a great little studio called The Sanctuary.
Q. That's how REM's new album (the uneven, New Adventures in Hi-Fi) was made. Despite recording in several locations, did you basically have one producer who helped oversee it?
A. It was really me and a guy called Steve Taylor (a Christian songwriter with several albums under his belt, including 1993's fine, Squint). We both co-produced the record. But it was a total band effort; everyone had to step up to the plate and take a swing.
Q. Have you been to Fresno before?
A. Oh yeah. Probably at least 4 or 5 times. I love it out there.
Q. We're looking forward to the show.
A. Great. See you on October 28th at Warnor's Theater.