Then we had already 1994 and I read that the "Going Public" album should
came out at the end of the summer. So I ordered it at my bookstore.
But the German distributor at this time was not able to deliver it right
the way. So I had to wait until February of 1995! The very day I got
this new album and first listened to it was just great. I loved this
record from the beginning. It quickly became one of my all time favourites.
At the end of 1994 I already began translating Newsboys lyrics into
German language that the fanbase here could better understand the band's
messages. This work I continued on up to now.
In August of 1995 the band did their very first concert in Germany in
the famous city Cologne. There were only about 100 (!) people there
but it was one of the greatest gigs this year said the band. Painfully,
I couldn't be there because I live at the other side of Germany and
would have had a long way to Cologne which I couldn't manage at this
time. Mmmh, beside this it was a real success because even some German
mainstream media visited the event - the guys from music television
VIVA were impressed by the guys and their cool music performances.
Also in this year I finally got the band's album "Not Ashamed" on CD
format. And with this I also ordered the older stuff "Boys Will Be Boyz"
and "Hell Is For Wimps" which really surprised me. I always thought
it would be more "dancy" but this was real rock stuff from the 80s era
- mainstream rock with an Aussie edge. But in the end I was just happy
to have these albums.
at the beginning of 1996 "Take Me To Your Leader Came Out" and it was
a whole new experience for me. I loved the rough sound of the album
and its funny lyrics. Their sound was so creative I almost couldn't
Later that year I ordered their "old" video tape "Not Ashamed - The
Video" which is a cool but not perfect output. The clips I think are
creative but needed more and better production. The other stuff on the
tape really made me laugh out loud - you will get in typical Newsboys
In 1997 I heard and read that the Newsboys should come to Germany again
to a big festival. Man was I glad! I was so happy all the months before
the big event. When it took place it was really the greatest. Newsboys
were the headliner of the evening and played a hard rocking show with
a lot of songs from their "Take Me To Your Leader" record. It was Newsboys
pure - without a big show, only some light effects and just the music.
The crowd was so impressed I couldn't tell! They played after The World
Wide Message Tribe which was Europe's biggest and best christian show
act at this time, and what? They topped them! The band was very cool
with their outfits and Peter surprised the crowd with the ballads played
on his acoustic guitar! What was not so good was the notice that John
James wasn't in the band! Some weeks after the gig I read that John
James left the band and it was the first concert worldwide of the Newsboys
with their new lineup! Until now I don't know which guy was the sixth
man in the band (he had cool sunglasses) but they did play with six
guys on stage!
Earlier in 1997 I finally got their first album "read all about it"
after a long way of searching and ordering. It sounded not like I expected
it to but I think it has a great sound if you remember this era in music
bizz and their very own situation at this time. It's just a great debut
for this band but not more! Also in the summer of that year I got their
latest video up to this time, "Down Under The Big Top". Oh, that was
a bit strange... I watched it with my brother a few times and we laughed
out loud. It's so freaky and cute. You have to love it. And not to mention
the two video clips at the end of it. Wow, fine stuff!! [Note: this
video is hard to understand for us fellow German people because of its
strong Aussie slang. To catch some of the jokes we really had (and have)
a hard time...]
In the winter of 1997/1998 I started surfing the web extensively. From
a computer magazine's article I got inspired to do a fan-site project
for my favourite band the Newsboys. So in February of 1998 I began working
on the pages and on March 3rd it started finally online. And the rest
of that is history... [more see above]
big event in "my Newsboys year 1998" was their 3rd German live
show! I heard of it in April and it was said to take place on August
1st. So this were months of joy and some work. I was glad they would
come again for a single live show (no festival, but Newsboys the whole
evening!) and worked out some promotions for them on my fan-site and
so on... It all went very well and even better than I imagined. I managed
it to take part in the press conference with the Newsboys which meant
to meet them face to face...
This press conference took place after the soundcheck and before the
show and I got to met Peter, Phil and Jeff. I talked a bit to Peter
about my site and so on then we went into this special room. Then some
people asked the standard questions and the three boys telled us a lot.
They were in a good mood despite the hard journey they had this day
to Germany. Ok, after a while I asked some kind of more "fan questions"
and the boys really freaked out. No one had expected it (my questioning
this way) but it was fun.
After that a support act called "on a mission" launched the show with
a cool funk rock outfit. (Now they're big in Germany!) Then the boys
entered stage and offered their happy music. There were about 2,000
people in the crowd this evening. They really rocked the house and the
crowd went crazy. This time they played a bit more of dance rock sound
(not so hard rock like in fall of 1997 in Germany) - also considered
as the set list of the "Step Up To The Microphone Tour" in the fall
of 1998 ;-)
In the summer of 1998 I finally got the "Entertaining Angels" maxi
single which I absolutely loved (and love!). What a great new sound
and two freaky remixes! "Entertaining angels" soon became one of my
favourite Newsboys songs of all time. At the August gig I got the new
"Step Up To The Microphone" album for free and really loved it. I only
need to say "WooHoo", "Deep End" and "Always" and you know what it is
What it made all really phat was the release of their live video "Newsboys
Live - One Night In Pennsylvania". This is the thing fans waited for
for a long time. It always remembers us that Newsboys do... do rock!
that it became quieter ever more. I laid back fan-site activities and
also from Newsboys town there were not so much news. They reported a
new album for the end of 1999 but that seemed all to me. So I waited
for this new release. After hearing the title cut some weeks before
I really did freak out! Wow, they went disco again and this in 1999!
They already made the 80s revival which was to get real big two years
later! Any time I hear this song I can't help but smile! And the album
around this cut is also worth checking out. They sharpened their songwriting
skills again. Great songs with handmade disco pop.
What should I say, the band quite surprised me with their Y2k offering
"shine the hits". Not only a great collection with the right "best-of"
songs searched out but also five new tracks all in all. The three new
studio cuts are some of their best songs yet! The "Mega-Mix" is really
funny and entertaining. And then we finally got TobyMac rapping again
and then first in a Newsboys song. Sounds really crazy, hey! But they
did a good job on it and as final word you could say: the best christian
best-of record from the year 2000! Yes, eealier this year we had Phil
Joel jumping out with his solo debut. This album is a real winner in
every way. Great songwriting, fresh arrangements and honest lyrics.
Phil seems to have a bright future.
What is some kind of a painful experience is the German distribution
situation for Jody Davis' new solo effort: up to this time we still
have no company managing to get his album available over here! So I
had to get the music from audiogalaxy.com and the lyrics I found on
the web. I think it's a great album but one have to listen to it a few
times more. He is a blessed guitar player and songwriter. He really
should do more of that. Maybe they arrange to change labels because
I wonder how Jody is not on inpop since it's Peter's and Wes' own label?!
So, what's about now? We just have to wait for the new albums. Yes,
albums! Phil Joel is preparing his second solo effort and the whole
band is already recording a new album. Let's see what the Newsboys future
brings out for us... ;-)
What I'm dreaming of with the Newsboys is that they might release a
live album and a true remix album (classic Euro dance format...) one
day. That would really be the greatest ;-))
Some dreams aside other ones became reality: Newsboys came back to
Europe in 2001 and 2002. In 2001 they played the recently established
'Winter Wonder Rock' festival in the Netherlands only to go to Germany
one day later. Here they played a show at the very popular 'Christmas
Rock Night' festival in Ennepetal. In 2002 they played the famous Flevo
Festival in the Netherlands after a eight year hiatus!
--David Decker, 2001-08-14 & 2002-01-30 &