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Steven Curtis Chapman: Speechless

By Frank "Buzz" Trexler
for The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times
December 10, 1999

Bristol is the last stop on Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Speechless” tour, and he and longtime friend Geoff Moore are ready to go home.

Not that it’s been a chore.

Monday’s Bristol show at Viking Hall is the last stop on a tour the duo began last summer, but not after testing the waters some.

“You know, that little tour we did last fall was kind of an experiment to see if our friendship could survive, you know, actually touring together,” Chapman said in an telephone interview earlier this week from Omaha, Neb.

But even that 12-city stint was not the first time the two had toured together.
“I toured with Geoff before he had The Distance,” Chapman recalled, referring to Moore’s act that disbanded after the “Threads” tour in 1998. “I actually went out on a tour with him and played keyboards and guitar in his band. This was before I had a record deal and before he had The Distance. So, we kind of had that experience, but that was really so many years ago and it was before our friendship was nearly what it is now.”

Now, the Chapmans and Moores must seem more like family than friends: The kids play together, the families vacation together, and they share life together.

“My wife (Mary Beth) and I have really seen Geoff and Jan as being some of our closest contacts of our life,” the 37-year-old Chapman said. “We have already walked through a lot of pain together, and a lot of good stuff, and hard stuff.”

Despite the closeness that existed before the tour, Chapman says, “I think we’ve gotten a deeper understanding of each other.”

Still, when all of your time together is spent on the job, you long to be “buddies” again.


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