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Apologetix Concert Review
So, I went to my first Apologetix concert. Apologetix is a Christian Parody Band (see their website here: apologetix.com). What they do is take popular secular songs & re-write the lyrics so that it has a Christian theme. The lead singer is J. Jackson & at least in this concert, he carried most of the load of the singing. The band members were very good at their instruments but I'd like to have heard more harmony & backup singing...perhaps even add a female singer to the band.
I didn't know what to expect as I've only really heard Apologetix's studio stuff. I know that sometimes live music pales in comparison & as the concert started out, I thought this was going to be the case but before long Jackson & the band were belting out powerful tunes with powerful messages.
The whole experience was obviously designed to be fun & participatory & Jackson encouraged people to join in -- even having some of the audience come up & join him in a song called "Hevenly Hill" (a parody of "Beverly Hills" by a band called Weezer).
During the middlle of the show, Jackson took some time to give some testimonials about Christ & encouraged any in the audience that have felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repent & confess...even if they do so by telling their Christian friends. I was surprised by Jackson's apparent understanding of the Reform principle that though the Gospel call goes out to all, not all are meant to be drawn to Christ. Jackson even referred to John 6:64-65 in this regard.
The show really livened up with a few songs such as "I love Apostle Paul" (parody of "I love Rock & Roll" by Joan Jett) & other staples of the 1980s scene. It was kind of odd to see the audience so fired up over these songs since the audience was mainly pre-teen & teen. The song that I'd say was the best & clearly the one Jackson enjoyed the most performing was one called, "Enter Samson" (parody of "Enter Sandman" by Metallica). You can listen to the Apologetix song by clicking this link: http://www.apologetix.com/mp3s/8765309/htr/ApologetiX_Enter_Samson.mp3.
The band is really gracious, fan-based, & unassuming. I had a great time & would suggest if you ever get a chance to go see one of their concerts, definitely go & definitely take the kids -- they'll love it.
See the You Tube videos I made of a couple of Apologetix's songs:
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