With The Roadshow 2014 tour finishing up, headliners Skillet and Third Day will be continuing to tour together with special guest support from Jamie Grace, Peter Furler and We As Human.
Fans who attended The Roadshow will have a good idea of what they can expect- a night of contemporary Christian music with some hip hop, some soul, some country and a lot of rock and roll mixed in.
We As Human are the newest band on the bill, with their self-titled debut releasing in June of last year via Atlantic Records. They’ve been on numerous tours with major artists including opening tours for Disciple, Red, Family Force 5, Skillet and more as well as many package tours such as Winter Jam, The Roadshow and the secular Carnival of Madness.
Much like their label partners in Skillet, they have grown a following in both Christian and secular markets and will be playing each of The World’s Loudest Month festivals with Rocklahoma, Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and, the grand-daddy of them all- Rock on the Range, playing to over 200,000 people between each festival.
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Look for them to carry the torch when bands like Skillet and Thousand Foot Krutch hang it up- which will hopefully be far down the road.
Jamie Grace, another relatively new artist on the circuit, is fresh on the heels of her sophomore record, Ready to Fly, and is finding herself climbing the ranks quickly.
Her debut, One Song at a Time, saw her on the receiving end of numerous awards, including the Dove Award for Best New Artist and a Grammy nomination. She\’s toured heavily ever since she released her debut and has found herself on the road with artists of the caliber of Tobymac as well as on Winter Jam and The Roadshow- two high-profile tour packages in Chrsitian music.
Grace has had numerous hits on Christian radio and is one to watch over the next few years, as it\’s going to be fun to see her popularity grow and grow.
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Peter Furler made his mark as the longtime frontman of Christian music legends Newsboys, where he was the second lead singer and the drummer for the band before Duncan Phillips took over on the kit and their original vocalist left.
Furler is responsible for numerous hits and anthems such as “Shine,” “Breakfast,” “Entertaining Angels,” “He Reigns” and numerous others.
A Christian music legend, Furler went solo a few years ago and released his solo debut, On Fire, in 2011 with the smash hit, “Reach,” which featured his longtime Newsboys band member Phil Joel.
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With Furler’s sophomore solo record, Sun and Shield, about to release, this is the perfect tour for him to emark on to promote the record. Look for a great set and performance from Furler on the tour.
Third Day, much like Furler and Skillet have been in the game for well over a decade and have been the main influence for many of the current major Christian artists and bands today and have garnered a GRAMMY Award, many Dove Awards (the Christian Grammy’s) and a load of other awards.
Songs like “Consuming Fire,” “God of Wonders,” “Cry Out to Jesus” and the newest hit, “I Need a Miracle,” are anthems that resound around the Christian music industry and have set the tone for many bands.
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Skillet need no introduction.
Starting in 1996 with their self-titled album, they had a grunge sound that evolved into an electronic monster for the next few albums. With the release of Alien Youth, they started to drift more toward a straight rock sound and started to pick up some steam.
With Collide they got their first few major hits and found themselves on some major tours and the band they are today started to peak through the cracks on the title track.
Enter Comatose and Skillet started to break into the mainstream secular rock world with songs like “Comatose,” “Better than Drugs” and “Whispers in the Dark” and their fanbase shot through the roof.
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When they released Awake in 2009, they hit platinum record success and reached new heights when they became one of the most-requested bands and heaviest-touring bands in the country and found themselves playing many of the major rock festivals and touring other countries on headlining tours for the first time ever.
In 2013 they released their latest opus, Rise, which saw the band vaguely sneak in some of their old electronic elements while keeping the symphonic rock from Awake and Comatose and also staying true to the hard rock anthemic tones they’ve developed as well.
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For those who have been following the band since the beginning or those Panheads who have been with them since the late 90’s, it’s been fun to watch their growth and explosion into stardom.
With this sort of package lineup, fans are guaranteed to get their money’s worth and will get one of the best shows they’ve ever seen and ever will see.
For fans who aren’t into the Christian music scene, they will get their fill with We As Human and Skillet and won’t be disappointed in the least bit.
There’s something for everyone on this tour and the tickets are fairly cheap too, with the balcony level and stadium seating selling for under $30 and floor seats selling for just $45.
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Dates for the tour are as follows:
2/27 — Toledo, Ohio — Huntington Center
2/28 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/1 — Jackson, Miss. — Mississippi Coliseum
3/2 — Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Show Me Center
3/6 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena
3/7 — Columbus, Ohio –Veterans Memorial Auditorium
3/8 — Chicago, Ill. — The Chicago Theatre
3/9 — Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center
3/13 — Wichita Falls, Texas — Kay Yeager Coliseum
3/14 — Tyler, Texas — Tyler Oil Palace
3/15 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center
3/16 — Kansas City, Mo. — Sprint Center
3/20 — Johnstown, Pa. — Cambria County War Memorial
3/21 — Hampton, Va. — Hampton Coliseum
3/22 — Reading, Pa. — The Santander Arena
3/23 — Cleveland, Ohio — Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
3/27 — Greenville, S.C. — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28 — Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola Bay Center
3/29 — Baton Rouge, La. — Baton Rouge River Center Arena