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Newsboys
Thrive: From The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum DVD



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 14 songs & features: 3 hours, 15 minutes
Street Date: June 18, 2002


As DVD Videos increase in popularity in the general market for movies and music products, the Christian music industry is beginning to catch on to the latest digital phenomenon. In 2000, when DVDs were still starting to catch on, the Aussie quintet The Newsboys, in partnership with their record company Sparrow, decided to release their Live One Night In Pennsylvania video cassette in DVD format. Best yet, it was a free promotion with the purchase of the band's first greatest hits project appropriately entitled Shine - The Hits. Almost 2 years later, following a monumental performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the band releases Thrive Live on DVD and video with a few tasty extras for the fans. The concert debuted the band's 2002 record Thrive and offered up live versions of eight of the ten cuts from the record to an audience that braved treacherous wintry conditions to come out.

In addition to the standard-length live performance, the DVD includes plenty of must-have extras including shots for select songs exclusively in view of the keyboards or drums or a collage of different views to feast your eyes on all at once. Some of the best extras include Peter Furler wielding the camera for wake up time at the hotel, in transit to the Hall of Fame, and other crew snagging candid backstage shots of the guys (including dc Talk's Michael Tait preparing for a guest appearance singing along to "Fad of the Land" with headphones on without knowledge of being recorded). Another highlight includes a brief portion of a guided tour the band experiences of the Hall. Also included are band interviews and clips of members of the band discussing the meanings behind all of the songs sung during the performance.

The Newsboys have become know for their unique and high energy live shows. With the more mature sounds of Thrive, the band has toned down the performance just a notch, hindering nothing about their live performances. In fact, in many ways it is now enhanced. While the DVD's fast-paced music video style editing may be distracting or detract slightly from the live show feel, you get an all access experience at the event made available to watch at any time at your convenience. As mentioned before, the concert features eight of the ten songs from Thrive (excluding the favorite "John Woo," and thankfully "Cornelius"), and also features the hits "Who?" and "Joy" from their Shine project, as well as "Entertaining Angels" from Step Up to the Microphone, "Breakfast" and the title cut from Take Me to Your Leader, and finally the renowned "Shine" from their Going Public record. Several surprises include a rotating mini stage and backup Gospel choir for "It Is You" and a guest appearance by dc Talk's Michael Tait to sing alongside Peter Furler on "The Fad of the Land." While the duet was a treat, it tended to feel a little awkward as Michael didn't know the lyrics before helping on the song (and so had the album's CD jacket along to read the lyrics from).

A fun DVD experience to give the fans a backstage and behind the scenes treat they most likely won't get any other way, Thrive: From The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is an absolute must-have for any Newsboys fan.

- written by John DiBiase


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. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 14 songs, lots of features, 3 hours and 15 minutes
. Street Date: June 18, 2002
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  1. Giving It Over
  2. Live In Stereo
  3. Who?
  4. Rescue
  5. Million Pieces (Kissin' Your Cares Goodbye)
  6. It is You
  7. Entertaining Angels
  8. Joy
  9. The Fad of the Land (with special guest Michael Tait)
  10. Take Me to Your Leader
  11. Thrive
  12. Shine
  13. Breakfast
  14. Lord (I Don't Know)

 

 

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