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Interview:
Christian rockers Third Day eyeball break, new music
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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The Christian rock group Third Day titled its 2010 album "Move," and the group has certainly been on the move for quite some time. That's why guitarist Mark Lee says the Grammy Award-winning Georgia quintet is ready for a bit of a break.

"We've been road dogs for the last five or six years," says Lee, 39. "Even before 'Revelations' came out (in 2008), we started touring well before the album came out. We haven't missed a beat. We've done every fall and spring, sometimes two tours in one touring season.

"So we're gonna do a few more shows and then park the buses for a couple of months, cool the engines, recharge the batteries, get back to neutral, then go back out next spring. We've got a big tour in the works. But we'll hang out at the house between now and then."

That doesn't mean Third Day will be completely silent during the interim. The group plans to put the finishing touches on its next album, which it's working on with Brendan O'Brien, who's better known for his production of secular rock artists such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and AC/DC. But Lee says that "it's been a dream of ours to work with" O'Brien.

"We all listen to very different and diverse music and bands," Lee notes, "and I think it was Tai (Anderson), our bass player, who said that if we made a list of all of our Top 5 albums, (O'Brien) would have one or two on all of them, so it was really exciting to get in the studio with him.

"See, we're music fans first and foremost. We've had a whole lot of high-five moments where we've been really excited about these songs and some of the parts on them. We think it's some of the best stuff we've ever done, and it's usually safe to say that if we like something, our fans will, too."

Third Day and Jars of Clay perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $39.50 and $25 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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