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tour spotlight By Andy Argyrakis
hit the road
and Denny Rockey
grAce community church/ streAtor, il
Imagine a younger version of INXS or Midnight Oil planted
in modern rock sensibilities with inspiring lyrics. That’s
exactly what Australia’s Revive brought to a jam-packed
Grace Community Church. Considering the fact that the
group hails from the land down under, the comparisons
to those above countrymen are easy to spot, though the
group’s also gotten an extra leg up by touring with multi-
platinum Aussies, the newsboys, while being introduced to
Essential Records by Third Day.
Even with all its famous friends, Revive’s 75-minute
show more than proved its international merit thanks to a
set list between its rousing debut disc Chorus of the Saints
and the even more compelling new collection Blink. Fans
leapt to their feet for the crunchy guitar rockers “Almost
Missed This Moment” and “My Hope,” both of which
unveiled the group’s pensive lyrical dynamic that points to
a higher power without ever coming across as preachy.
Revive demonstrated additional variety thanks to power
ballads like “Hold On Love” and “All of This For You,”
followed by a spot-on cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”
that highlighted the foursome’s seasoned musicianship.
Yet it was the title tracks from both CDs along with the
charging “Don’t Give Up the Fight,” that provided a jolt of
faith renewal to the all-ages audience.
Prior to the headliners, solo artist Denny Rockey (also of
Final Quest fame), performed a full band set split between
covers and originals. A stirring take on Jesus Culture’s
“Your Love Never Fails” and Chris Tomlin’s “Our God”
suggested the powerhouse singer could very well follow in
either of those recognized praise leaders’ footsteps, while
the Indieheaven top 20 track “Until My Breath Runs Dry”
and the congregationally centered “My Anthem” put a
vertically vibrant cap on an all around uplifting evening.