Third Day To Headline Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Pre-Race Festivities
Friday, October 22, 2004
Grammy-winning rock band Third Day will star in a special pre-race concert and sing the national anthem and ¿Georgia on My Mind¿ for the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
All five members of the Atlanta-based band attended last year¿s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 as guests of Chevrolet and have quickly become fans of NASCAR. And although the group¿s members ¿ David Carr, Mark Lee, Brad Avery, Tai Anderson and Mac Powell ¿ won¿t name one favorite driver, it¿s fair to say they favor the Chevy guys.
Next weekend¿s performance will be the first time Third Day has performed for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race audience.
¿We are excited to have the opportunity to play at our home track - the fastest track in NASCAR. And we count it an honor to be a small part of celebrating the chase for the NEXTEL Cup,¿ says lead singer Mac Powell. ¿We are thankful that our friends at Chevrolet introduced us to this great sport a few years ago.¿
Third Day recently released its seventh album, Wire, which debuted on Billboard¿s Top 200 album chart at number 12. The band also recently celebrated its second consecutive American Music Award nomination, and is preparing for the upcoming release of Live Wire, a special two-disc live DVD/CD set on Nov. 23. Sure to be a collector¿s item for Third Day fans everywhere, Live Wire hits store shelves Thanksgiving week, traditionally the biggest retail week of the year.
The Live Wire Tour follows the hugely successful release of Third Day¿s latest studio album, Wire, earlier this year on Essential Records. Debuting at No.1 on Nielsen SoundScan¿s Top Christian Albums chart, Wire has shipped nearly 450,000 units in just three months.
The band received a GRAMMY in 2003 for Come Together and honors from ASCAP in the Song of the Year category. Over its 11-year career, the five-piece rock band has garnered 21Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, 21 No. 1 radio singles and is nearing the four million mark in career sales. Third Day¿s success on tour is unparalleled with, audiences of more than 750,000 in 2002 and ranking twice on touring magazine Pollstar¿s ¿Top 100 Tours of 2002¿ list, above acts like Counting Crows and Alanis Morissette. The Live Wire Tour is sponsored by Chevrolet. For updated Third Day information, please visit www.ThirdDay.com
Third Day¿s race morning concert will begin at 11:10 a.m. and is expected to last 45 minutes. Immediately following the Third Day concert, the Red Baron Squadron will put on a two-minute pre-race show. Third Day will then return to the pre-race stage to perform ¿Georgia On My Mind¿ and the National Anthem, which will be punctuated by a B-1 Bomber flying over the speedway.
Great seats are still available for the entire Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Three-day packages start at $69; for more information call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.