More than two decades after Newsboys was founded, the band’s ever-evolving sound and shows are a point of pride for drummer Duncan Phillips.
“The Newsboys is one of those bands you never quite know what they’re going to do next,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to get at a show. That’s one of the things we’re really proud of.”
The band performs along with Augusta’s own Rhett Walker Band on Thursday, June 28, at Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army of Augusta.
The band recently returned from its 60-city God’s Not Dead Tour, featuring new music from the album released in November. It’s a rock-pop compilation of original worship songs and covers and is the group’s second full-length album with new lead singer Michael Tait.
Since Newsboys was founded in Mooloolaba, Australia, in 1985, the band has released 16 studio albums and has had 28 No. 1 hits.
The Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning musicians are already working on a new release for the end of this year, Phillips said.
“We’ll be out guns a-blazin’ next year,” he said.
Crowds in Evans next week can expect a mixture of old favorites and new tunes.
“We want to put on the best show we can,” Phillips said.
Before every show, the band members pray together.
“We lift it up to God and ask him to bless the whole thing,” he said.
As a drummer, Phillips also has to warm up, so he’s ready to play when the band kicks off the concert with a fast-tempo song.
“I need to warm up a little bit more than I used to,” Phillips said with a laugh.
After two decades in the music industry, Phillips, now in his 40s, says he worries less about the future and more about making the best music they possibly can today.
“Nobody’s got a crystal ball,” he said. “We just want to get the best songs out that we can.”