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Fans of multi-platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning rock band Third Day in the United Kingdom got to see the veteran group up close and personal in early May, and at the same time help ministries and social causes in other parts of the world.

From the famed Royal Albert Hall in London to a nightclub in Wales, from a huge church in Ireland to a legendary rock club in Scotland, Third Day brought not only new music from its latest studio album Wherever You Are, but also classic hits from its decade-long career to thousands of excited fans in the UK. Drawing over 3,000 attendees, the show in London truly resonated with the audience, prompting one parent to comment, “We had a fantastic time as a family at [the concert] on Monday... Third Day especially was awesome. Thanks for getting them to play – a rare treat! It was fabulous to see my kids really into it.”

At the same time, the crowds at three of the tour’s stops - Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow - dug deep into their pockets to help two charities dear to both the band and the short tour’s promoters: Ignite India Churches, which helps a ministry in India called Gateway with church building construction in rural villages; and Friendly Faces Foundation, which aids in getting child slaves forced to work in the fishing industry in Ghana released. “Of all the tours when I travel with Third Day, concerts in my home country are some of the most special,” said Nigel James, Third Day’s longtime road pastor. “In each place the crowd really got behind our desire to help projects in Ghana and India. We’ve already got a school compound in India called ‘Come Together’ and now we might well build a ‘Third Day’ sponsored church in a small village!

“We raised over £9,500 (about $18,000) to be split evenly between the two,” James continued. “In Glasgow, even the bar staff at the venue threw their tips into the offering buckets!” Trevor King of TKE concert promotions added: “It was fantastic to have Third Day back in the UK, and especially to give some profile to the work we are supporting in Ghana rescuing child slaves. Gary Smith from Ignite, and I, look forward to promoting bigger and better concerts with Third Day in the coming years.”

Over the past decade, Third Day has amassed 24 No.1 radio singles and sold almost six million albums, with RIAA certifications including one Platinum record, one Platinum DVD, and six Gold records. The band has garnered 24 career Dove Awards, three GRAMMY Awards (from seven previous nominations), two consecutive American Music Award nods, multiple ASCAP honors, and has developed an historic partnership with Chevrolet. Third Day has maintained a touring record second-to-none by playing for audiences reaching into the millions. In addition to these many accolades, the band is most proud of its humanitarian efforts that include raising nearly $200,000 for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and encouraging over 15,000 fans to sponsor children across the globe through the work of World Vision.

While readying for the release of it’s highly anticipated Chronology Volume Two (2001-2006) on Aug. 7, Third Day will continue its ambitious road schedule that includes spot dates and festivals throughout the summer and fall. For updated tour markets and venues, please visit, www.ThirdDay.com.

Author: Rachel Arnold

Date: 03 July 2007

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