Peter Furler at Easterfest 2013

Newsboys, dc Talk, Peter Furler and Audio Adrenaline show?

IMAGINE an Easterfest line-up featuring Audio Adrenaline, dc Talk, Newsboys and Peter Furler all jamming on the one stage.

It's the dream scenario that Christian radio stations and promoters began campaigning for on the weekend.

On Saturday night, it was almost a reality.

Newsboys' former frontman Peter Furler was joined for a moment by dc talk's Kevin Max, who is now the lead singer for Audio Adrenaline.

He sang with Furler on Entertaining Angels before declaring him his favourite Australian 'Jesus Freak', a reference to the dc Talk hit.

Max has revitalised Audio Adrenaline after its lead singer Mark Stuart developed vocal problems in 2006.

Stuart has since gone on to spearhead the Hands and Feet Project which is building children's villages in the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

A video message from Stuart on Saturday night helped promote the cause.

Michael Tait, another third of dc talk, is fronting Newsboys after Furler left the band in 2009 for a break before launching his own solo career.

Saturday night's show was something like a high school reunion tour for Furler who was joined on stage by Newsboys' original guitarist, George Perdikis, along with fellow Aussie Paul Colman and former Newsboys' bass player Phil Joel.

The fact that Furler was the support act for Audio Adrenaline was not lost on Max, who joked he was glad to see the return of the days of Newsboys' supporting dc Talk.

"And he should be too, because I'm going to blow him off the stage,'' Furler responded at a later press conference, laughing.

"Aussie, aussie, aussie,'' Furler shouted, to which the crowd at Easterfest shouted 'oi, oi, oi''.

In a press conference before the show, Audio Adrenaline was asked about the prospect of them, dc Talk, Newsboys and Peter Furler fronting a mega Easterfest 2014 line-up.

Kevin Max seemed more than happy to entertain the idea.

"I think if we started an online petition for it we could really raise some awareness,'' he said.

"We were talking about it. Back in the day in the 1990s it was literally Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline and dc talk,'' Max said.

"That ain't going to happen,'' Furler joked before adding that he thought it was a 'brilliant idea''.

Furler said one of the great things about the Christian music scene was that it was a community with mates.

Former Superchick guitarist Dave Ghazarian, who now plays for Audio Adrenaline, used to play in Furler's solo band.

Furler said he was always glad to return to Easterfest to see his Aussie fans, including those from the Sunshine Coast.
"That's one of the greatest things about Easterfest is to see folks you grew up with or went to school with.

He said it had been particularly good joining with great mates in Perdikis, Colman and Joel.

"The mateship is more important than the music.

"The music is just what brings us together.''

"I've been excited about this gig.

"I was in a band for many years, as you would, and you can lose your excitement because the gigs just keep coming and coming.''

Kevin Max, lead singer of Audio Adrenaline, who used to be with the hit group dc Talk, joins Peter Furler on stage at Easterfest. Furler's former band Newsboys is now front by dc Talk's Michael Tait.
Kevin Max, lead singer of Audio Adrenaline, who used to be with the hit group dc Talk, joins Peter Furler on stage at Easterfest. Furler's former band Newsboys is now front by dc Talk's Michael Tait.

"On stage tonight, you will probably see a lot of laughter, a lot of forgotten lyrics and 'what chord are you playing, because I'm not playing that one!.''

"We haven't played together in 22 years,'' he said of Perdikis.

"If you see a guy on my lefthand side playing awesome guitar, that's George.

"We've been friends for a long time.

"I invited him to come up because I just knew he would love Easterfest.''

Peter Furler performed at Easterfest with original Newsboys' guitarist George Perdikis, as well as Paul Colman and Phil Joel.
Peter Furler performed at Easterfest with original Newsboys' guitarist George Perdikis, as well as Paul Colman and Phil Joel.

"For me it will be just a surreal time of looking around and seeing my friends, guys that I love, and just jamming.''

The show featured a return to some of the early rock and roll days of Newsboys, including hits like Not Ashamed, as well as more recent hits like He Reigns, I am Free, and Furler's own hits including Reach and All in Your Head.

* Mark Furler is APN's group digital editor and the brother of Peter Furler


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