Time has a way of putting life experiences in perspective. And a lot of time has passed since contemporary Christian/Gospel recording artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith toured together in the late 1980′s. But one summer concert in August 2010 re-kindled the idea that perhaps these two friends could find time in their 2011 schedules to hit the road again together… and so the concept of “The 2 Friends Tour” was born. I had the opportunity to catch up with the tour this past Saturday evening at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. And the show was — in a word — fabulous! Whether you’ve been a dedicated fan of either artist (or both!) over the years, or whether you’re simply a casual listener of contemporary Christian music nowadays, the music of Amy and Michael in this show is sure to please.
Saturday evening’s 3-hour show (including a short 15-minute intermission) was a splendid blend of both artists’ music dating back to their former touring days in the 1980′s coupled with highlights of newer material performed in recent years. Amy’s solos with her band were featured during the first half of the show, while Michael’s solos with his band were featured after intermission. Duets were featured throughout the show, and some of my favorites included “Emmanuel”, “Lead Me On”, and “Somewhere, Somehow” — not to mention the two encores: a calmer “Friends”, preceded by a rock-the-house version of “Love of Another Kind”.
I was able to arrive into the city early enough in the afternoon to join Amy’s sound-check, and I’ve included a few photo highlights from the sound-check including a brief surprise visit by Michael during Amy’s warm-up. Understandably, lighting levels on stage during the sound-check were comfortably dim for the performers and consisted primarily of overhead rear stage lights — no spots or heavy front lighting until the real show. So our Lightbox Gallery below contains 10 sound-check images rendered in Black-and-White tones. Enjoy!
As a special treat for Amy’s Friends-of-Amy fan club and Michael’s Friends Online viewers, we’ve included 120 images of Saturday evening’s concert as a slideshow of still images set to music. A high-speed, broadband Internet connection is required to view this WebShow. Enjoy!!!
The 2 Friends Tour completes its Winter 2011 schedule of cities with a “5-cities-in-6-days” run through South Bend, IN (March 1); Pittsburgh, PA (March 3); Rochester, NY (March 4); Boston, MA (March 5); and Lancaster, PA (March 6). If you have the chance to work this show into your busy schedule, you’ll most assuredly be treating yourself to an evening’s entertainment that will feed your spirit. Everyday commitments and life’s challenges keep us hectically busy WAY too often. So let the music and lyrics of these two super-talented recording artists and song-writers fill your heart with reasons to smile with hope. Their “live music” is a treat in itself, and the underlying messages in the lyrics will keep you going for a lifetime! Wonderfully inspiring evenings like these don’t come along often enough. But it’s great to see the gift of time has given these “two friends” a chance to inspire their listening audience together on stage once again.
[UPDATE: More concert images from the Lancaster, PA season-ending concert on March 6 can be viewed by clicking here... http://www.david-nicholas.com/?p=3520. Enjoy!!!]