ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Daniel Biro woke up to sunny and clear skies in Biloxi, Miss. So the bassist for Christian rock band Hawk Nelson decided to enjoy the day off and wade in the Gulf of Mexico.
All of this relaxation comes before the two-month trek on the Rock and Worship Roadshow.
“We’re just about to start the tour, and I’ve been enjoying my free time,” he says during a phone interview. “It’s going to be an interesting tour because we are celebrating our 10th year in the business.”
|Rock and Worship Roadshow
Featuring MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, LeCrae, Hawk Nelson, Disciple, Sidewalk Prophets, Rend Collective Experiment
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
WHERE: Tingley Coliseum, Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE
HOW MUCH: $10 at the door. More information is available at www.therockandworshiproadshow.com
Hawk Nelson is touring in support of its album “Crazy Love” and is opening for MercyMe on tour.
The Christian rock band from Peterborough, Ontario, is looking into making a documentary to be released later this year. Biro says while the band is touring on the Rock and Worship Roadshow it will be shooting footage for the film. It also will release a greatest-hits package in late March.
“We wanted a way to mark this special anniversary for us,” he explains. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs in the course of our career, but I feel like we are still following the path that God has set out for us.”
Biro says as the band has grown, the priorities have changed. Most of the members are looking to start a family and settle down.
“It’s starting to become a balancing act for us,” he says. “I turned 30 last year, and I still want to play music. We know that we’ve achieved a great milestone by being together this long, but we’ve also grown as musicians and as individuals.”
It was announced on Feb. 1 that lead singer Jason Dunn will leave the band after the tour is over. Dunn is going to pursue a solo project.
Biro doesn’t know when the band will record new music, especially with the departure of Dunn.
“We’ve always been involved in co-writing, so there’s an opportunity to work with some great people,” he says. “Right now, we’re just focusing on putting on the best show we can and give it our all. Everything else will shake out after the tour ends.”
Biro says fans can expect nothing less from the band and hopes that they continue to support Hawk Nelson through this bump in the road.
“We’ve been through a lot of tough times and we will survive it all,” he says. “The reason we keep doing this is because our fans support us and give us love. We just want to give it back to them.”