Wayne: Hey Mac Powell, what are you most reflective of after 25 years?
Mac: Definitely the fans, just looking out and seeing everybody. A lot of faces that are very familiar and that have supported us for so long. So that’s the thing that really sticks out for me.
Wayne: Is there one moment across 25 years that you remember for a special reason?
Mac: Well there’s a million great memories and I think being able to tour with Michael W. Smith and Toby Mac and Max Lucado on a huge tour with them, that was kind of a highlight of many highlights through our career.
Wayne: Now last time we met in Australia you mentioned you had 5 kids, what are they most looking forward to now that Dad’s not in Third Day?
Mark: That’s a good question, because I’ll be touring a lot still with my solo stuff so. I think they’re looking forward to maybe a little more time at home but not a lot more time.
Wayne: What about Mac Powell, what’s he looking forward too?
Mac: I’m looking forward to the future and what’s going to happen musically for me.
I’m not a very emotional person normally but I am fully prepared that it’s going to hit me at some point during the show and I’m going to be a blubbering idiot. So it’s going to be very interesting. It’s going to be very funny when it happens.
Mark: You know what, I’m not a very emotional person normally but I am fully prepared that it’s going to hit me at some point during the show and I’m going to be a blubbering idiot. So it’s going to be very interesting. It’s going to be very funny when it happens. I hope we have some cameras out or something but honestly with this tour the travel has been so busy and I’ve just been so focused on all of that that I haven’t really had time to think about the ‘farewellness’ of it, but I think tonight it will probably hit me a little bit more than the other shows have.
Wayne: And is there a moment across 25 years that is kind of like the pinnacle for you personally? Maybe not the band, but for you as an individual as a part of Third Day?
Mark: Oh I mean, anytime we play Australia is a pinnacle, for sure, absolutely! I say that but in all seriousness, the first time we went to Australia was just an amazing experience for us. It was right at the height after Offerings had just come out and people coming from all over. You know, we would play at the festivals there and we just had some really amazing shows, it was really awesome.
Mark: We took all of last year off, knowing that we were going to have to figure something out and it was at the end of last year that we got together and were sort of like “O.K. are we just gonna be done? Are we gonna be done for now?” So we just kind of decided let’s just close this chapter of Third Day.
Wayne: And just finally, Mac’s going to do his country thing, what’s next for you?
Mark: Well I had a book come out about 6 months ago called ‘Hurt Road’ and I’ve been traveling the country telling people about that. I also have some new music I put out right before this tour, it’s an EP called ‘Unshakable Heart’ and I’ve already got a bunch of shows lined up for this fall. So y’all come see me, I don’t have any dates in Australia yet but hopefully. Soon. We’ll do that!
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