Christian band Newsboys has announced that their upcoming tour will be their last. The band, now known as Newsboys United, made the announcement on social media.
“Dear Newsboys Family, Four years ago, when Peter joined us on The Cross Has the Final Word, we never could have dreamed that a collaboration on a single song would turn into what it did,” they said.
“After three years of Newsboys United with Peter and Phil, we’ve traveled North America together, performed hundreds of concerts, rekindled old friendships, made lots of new memories, had a LOT of laughs, and released an album. The last 15 months have been a time of change for all of us, yet we’re looking ahead to the future—feeling refreshed from unanticipated time at home with our families and extra time in the studio.
“We’ve grown closer together, experienced a renewed excitement for making music, and worked harder than ever to create a new record we are proud of. We are excited to share it with you all very soon.The Newsboys team has been a family from the beginning. That will never change, but we wanted to take a moment to share with you that our time as Newsboys United will soon come to an end. The new album and tour this fall will continue on as before with Newsboys…Tait, Duncan, Jeff and Jody.”
The band, which originated out of Queensland, Australia, was founded in 1985 in the Sunshine Coast of Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. The band has released 17 studio albums, 6 of which have been certified gold.
As of 2019, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk), drummer and percussionist Duncan Phillips, keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, and guitarist Jody Davis. In addition to performing music, the band has appeared in the films God’s Not Dead, God’s Not Dead 2, and God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.
Before disbanding, Newsboys United will do four more summer shows including Lifest Music City in Tennessee, two shows in Minnesota, and one last show in Indiana on August 13.