The Christian rock band, The Newsboys, came to Minot all three years we lived there.
I could not believe that a big name group like that came to such a small town. Before the last concert in June 2001, I interviewed their drummer, Duncan Phillips. He told me the band liked giving small town residents access to concerts. They also like to ride their motor cross bikes and Minot had perfect wide open spaces for them to do that.
We saw the band for the first time in our first year at Minot. Duncan was amazing. At one point, they put a big hat on him to cover his eyes, lifted and rotated the platform he was on and he never missed a beat. We were hooked.
The second year was much like the first, although by this time we were familiar with many of the songs. It was fun singing and dancing with a bunch of our youth group members.
The third year was by far the best. The Newsboys brought along 10 bands for an all-day event on Father’s Day weekend. Groups such as Audio Adrenaline, SuperChick, and OC Supertones, and others just getting started. What a day!
The Good Chaplain worked as security behind the stage so he got to meet some of the musicians. He also liked his vantage point from the side of the stage. The girls kept going backstage to “check on their father” and maybe catch a glimpse of the Newsboys. Little did they know the group on motorcycles who buzzed by them was The Newsboys.
The day was sunny and warm. But a storm front was moving in and the local weatherman kept the Good Chaplain updated. At one point during the early evening, the skies darkened and it was clear a bad storm was on its way. But the Newsboys had not played yet, so no one was leaving. Soon the rains started coming down with lightening and thunder all over the place. People moved under tents but stayed on. The Newsboys took the stage, determined to play for the fans who came out to see them.
From his angle, The Good Chaplain could see the rain driving sideways. Singer Phil Joel’s long hair flapped in the wind. But the band played on until their electrical equipment shorted out. It was too dangerous to continue.
That act of showmanship more than anything solidified our loyalty to the band.