Rhema FM’s Wayne Hindson caught up with Third Day band members Mac Powell and Mark Lee before they hit the stage for their final show on the ‘Third Day Farewell Tour’ at Denver, Colorado Red Rock Stadium. Check out what they have to say about the past 25 years as a part of Third Day and what’s to come for themselves individually in this farewell special!

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.

Wayne: Mark, what are you most looking forward to or not looking forward to on this last show?

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.

Wayne: So I was on air when I heard that Third Day were disbanding, doing the farewell tour, but how long had you guys known essentially that this day was coming?

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.

Not saying we’re not ever going to be doing anything again ever, but just this season coming to a close and we were like, ok, we could just make an announcement and that would be it. But that felt kind of lame, not the right way to go about it so we decided to do a tour and give people the chance to come out and see us again and for us to thank the fans. I’m so glad we did that. This has been a really amazing experience for us.

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!

Thank you so much for all your hard work, dedication and pouring your heart out in your music through Third Day. We have loved hearing your music over the past 25 years, and look forward to hearing all about your continuing ventures in God as they unfold!

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