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Below is our complete Stryper news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
The Yellow and Black Attack is back - Stryper is about to embark on a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The following press release was issued:
"Stryper is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features 'All Original Members.' They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.
"Looking back over the past 25 years, Stryper is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s '100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music' and the band’s popular power ballad 'Honestly' became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV. Their pop-rock hit 'Calling On You,' also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with 'Honestly' being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 Stryper found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering." More...
LA thrashers Anger As Art have completed the recording of their 4th album "Hubris, Inc." Mixing is currently underway, and the band is looking for a late spring/early summer worldwide release.
Says mainman Steve Gaines: "We approach every album like it might be our last, so we put everything we had into it. It is a 14 song epic. 2 of the songs we consider to be bonus tracks – in that they illustrate the history of where Anger As Art came from.
"One is actually a song called 'Speed Kills' that was written for Abattoir in 1984 by Dan Oliverio and me. This was while we were still finishing the Vicious Attack album. Juan Garcia had just left to join Agent Steel, and Dan was a new member. He had the basic riff, and I added music and lyrics to it. Fast forward 28 years, and Mark 'the Shark' Caro (Abattoir lead guitarist) contributed the solo for this song. Nonetheless, this is an Abattoir song performed by all Abattoir members. A nice capstone for a band that had a hand in shaping what thrash became.
"The other one is a song originally done by Pagan War Machine. PWM was a short-lived band featuring myself and Jim Durkin (Dark Angel). It is actually the band that Anger As Art evolved from. Anyway, the song is called 'Rage And Retribution'. Jim was kind enough to offer the guitar solo for the song. In addition to Jim, bass guitar was played by my brother Timothy Gaines from Stryper! This is the first time he and I have ever worked together musically. And… the lead vocal is a trade off between me and Betsy Bitch. While on tour as Bitch last year, Betsy offered 'If you need female vocals, I am your gal.' Seriously, did you ever think you'd see the day when members of Dark Angel, Stryper and Bitch would appear on the same song? Somewhere, Al and Tipper Gore are choking.
"Also, Winterthrall / Semtex Vest/ Evil Dead vocalist Steve Nelson came in and dropped some epic black metal growls and screams on the song 'The Evil You Create.' A complete honor to be able to share this album with such luminaries in the metal world."
American heavy metal veterans Stryper have announced that their next release will consist of re-recorded versions of fourteen of their classics, in addition to three brand new songs entitled, "Bleeding From Inside Out," "Blackened" and "How To Live." A Twitter message from Strper frontman Michael Sweet reads as follows:
"It might be best for me to stop Tweeting about the re-record since it seems to be confusing many people. Here's the facts...
"We're tracking 17 songs - 14 old classics, 3 brand new songs. We're doing the record in phases, a little at a time. It won't be mastered until January, which means it won't be available until sometime after that. January is not the release date.
"We're funding this ourselves so it's a tedious, time consuming task that we have to do in phases due to extensive touring and other things going on between now and the end of the year. So sorry for the confusion and it will be worth the wait!"
Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Judas Priest track "Breaking The Law." A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.
Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Black Sabbath track "Heaven and Hell" during its March 15, 2011 performance at the Backstage Live venue in San Antonio, Texas. A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's recent covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.
Michael Sweet from the Christian glam band Styper is auctioning off the rights to the classic song “Together as One” as well as dinner with Sweet. Aggressive drinkers who have a tendency to drop a lot of F bombs during the main course are advised to stay away… More...
Christian traditional heavy metal act Stryper has announced that it will be taking part in an autograph-signing session on March 19, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the "Rock Of Ages" location in Garden City, Michigan. The band will be perform later that night at the Harpos concert theater in Detroit.
The band recently released a covers album, titled "The Covering." You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. SWEET - Set Me Free
2. SCORPIONS - Blackout
3. BLACK SABBATH - Heaven and Hell
4. UFO - Lights Out
5. KANSAS - Carry On Wayward Son
6. DEEP PURPLE - Highway Star
7. KISS - Shout It Out Loud
8. OZZY OSBOURNE - Over The Mountain
9. IRON MAIDEN - The Trooper
10. JUDAS PRIEST - Breaking The Law
11. VAN HALEN - On Fire
12. LED ZEPPELIN - Immigrant Song
Christian heavy metal veterans Stryper have announced the following dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States.
Mar. 02 - Seattle, WA - El Corazón
Mar. 03 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
Mar. 05 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon Nightclub
Mar. 08 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia LA Live
Mar. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Santa Fe Station Casino
Mar. 13 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Sports Cafe
Mar. 14 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Mar. 15 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Mar. 16 - Dallas, TX - Trees
At a recent concert in Anaheim, California, veteran hard rock outfit Stryper was joined on stage by Fozzy lead singer and pro wrestler Chris Jericho to perform a cover of the classic Scorpions song, "Blackout." You can check out fan filmed footage below. The song is featured on Stryper's new covers album, "The Covering" and was also covered by Fozzy on the band's self-titled debut album in 2000.
Just For Fun
Another Christmas is just around the corner, which means jolly fat men in red suits scaring the bejeesus out of crying children and uncomfortable dinners with family members who don't actually like each other. Christmas isn't just caroling and spiked egg nog though, it's also another opportunity to rock out with some metal steeped in the holiday spirit. We already gave Christmas the metal treatment with a list of the top 10 most metal light shows, as well a new edition of the Rockstar Ramblings describing what aging rockers really want to get under the tree. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor also recently posted a Christmas music video here. To keep December heavy, we've also rounded up a list of the 2010 Christmas and Anti-Christmas rock and metal songs available online.
First off is the 2010 edition of the Misantrof AntiRecords "Holy Fucking AntiChristmas" compilation, which features 15 punk, instrumental, and metal tracks tearing the most commercial holiday of the year a new one. You can stream or download the songs here, and the track listing is as follows: More...
Michael Sweet of Christian act Stryper has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming all covers album:
"Hello everyone, long time no type! I've been very busy traveling and moving two homes into one and it's been a very slow process getting unpacked and settled. My apologies for not updating all of you sooner. I try really hard (and enjoy) keeping all of you in the loop on everything that we do.
"I wanted to let all of you know that the concept for 'The Covering' is very powerful and rings true to the power of God's love upon our lives. God's covering is transforming and life changing and we thought it would be very cool to visually portray that through the new artwork. Chris at Pale Horse Design has designed a character that represents the bad or 'the evil' side if you will, in us all. The booklet, (in comic book style) will tell a story of good conquering evil and therefore leading to the transformation of the main character. I received the front cover and I have to tell you that it's modern, powerful, edgy and thought provoking. It is awesome! More...
Christian glam rockers Stryper are hitting the road in support of the new album "Murder By Pride." Vocalist Michael Sweet has now checked in with the following road report:
"We had an eventful day on the 7th of August as we departed for Bolivia - trying to get out of multiple airports to hook up in Miami only to see Oz and Robert asked to exit the plane and then to sit at the gate, on the plane, for two hours. Apparently, some people tried to sneak on the plane and immigration pulled them off and went through the luggage. My first reaction was 'oh man, they arrested Robert and Oz!'
"I at least got a good laugh out of that thought. Although Tim and I were a little stir crazy, we took off on made our way to Bolivia. We landed close to midnight and made it through customs relatively quickly. We had a good amount of fans there to greet us (100+) and they had been waiting until 6 or 7ish... Robert and Oz made it in around 7 am and were a bit tired. I tell you, if anything there is a band that could plays the roles in a new Spinal Tap sequel, we are the guys! Everything that could happen usually happens to us and it's to a point where you just have to laugh. I laughed so hard yesterday my face was sore when I finally went to bed (4 am). We're still paying our dues and maybe, just maybe someday it's pay off and we'll be big 'rock stars' so we can look back on all the looniness and share our unique stories with our grandkids.... They most likely will never believe us!
"Anyway, they expect a very large crowd. We are performing in an outdoor amphitheater that holds 9-10 thousand. Should be an incredible night and a long overdue opportunity to play for our Bolivian fans. I count my blessings and I look forward to what the future will bring. Great things ahead."
Stryper will be touring Australia in August, celebrating their 25th anniversary and latest release "Murder by Pride." The tour will feature their greatest hits and some newer material performed by all the original band members including: Michael Sweet (lead vocals, rhythm guitar); Robert Sweet (drums); Oz Fox (lead guitar); and Tim Gaines (bass).
Here are Stryper's Australian tour dates:
Melbourne: Wednesday 25th August 2010, Billboard The Venue
Sydney: Thursday 26th August 2010, Metro Theatre
Brisbane: Saturday 28th August 2010, Hi Fi Brisbane
Tickets are still available through venues and respected outlets.
Christian glam rockers Stryper announced today that they will be hosting a 10-day tour of Israel from February 12-21, 2011. The VIP tour will be limited to 150 people. Stryper fans will be able to spend time with the band during the tour, with portions of the trip being filmed for an upcoming DVD. Vocalist / guitarist Michael Sweet issued the following statement about the package:
"Oz, Robert, Tim and I are excited to go to Israel and see first-hand the birthplace of Christianity. And to be able to share this experience with some of our fans makes this even more incredible. The tour will visit the following locations in Israel: Caesarea: A city built by King Herod the Great, Mount Carmel: Where the prophet Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal, Galilee Boat Ride: Where Jesus walked on the water, Caesarea Philippi: Where the disciple Peter first confessed Jesus as the Messiah, Nazareth Village: A recreation of a village at the time of Jesus, Jordan River Baptism: An opportunity for those who wish to be baptized in the Jordan River, Masada: Where the final Jewish revolt against the Romans took place, he Dead Sea: A chance to float in the most therapeutic waters in the world, Pools of Bethesda: Where Jesus healed the man who was lame for 37 years, Garden Tomb: The place of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Yad Vashem: Memorial to the Holocaust, Western Wall Tunnels: 60 feet below the modern city of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: The City of God, Mount of Olives: Where Jesus rode the donkey through the Eastern Gate, Garden of Gethsemane: Where Jesus prayed before He was betrayed by Judas, Western Wall: Holiest site in Judaism.
"Due to limited availability, this trip will sell out quickly. Reservations can be secured for only $300. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-999-8868 ext 415. The cost for this unique travel opportunity is $3,299.00 per person, which includes airfare out of Los Angeles, New York or Toronto; hotel accommodations; all buffet breakfasts and dinners; air-conditioned transportation; an English-speaking tour guide and entrance fees to all of the sites. Price is based on double-occupancy and does not include airport tax, tip fee or lunch meals. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 1-877-628-2800."
Christian rockers Stryper recently revealed that they will be recording an all covers album from secular bands that influenced them. Stryper's Michael Sweet has issued the following statement about the decision to record the album:
"Hey Everyone, it seems that our decision to do a cover record has pleased many people, but has upset a small number of people as well. We've never been a band to go with the flow - we've always set out to do our own thing and to do it according to how we feel led. Some agree, some disagree. It's always been this way. We didn't grow up in the church, we grew up on the streets of LA so our approach to spreading God's word doesn't always line up with how others think it should be done. The bottom line is this - we have not turned our backs on our faith or our beliefs, we just want to loosen up a bit and show our fans how we came to be musically. We we're heavily influenced by a number of bands back in the 70's and early 80's and these bands helped to shape our sound and style. This is the purpose of this record, to show you how we evolved over the years and more important - to have a little fun in the process.
"The band is looking forward to cutting lose a bit and performing the music we grew up with. I'm sorry to hear that there are a few negative Nancy's who believe that we're turning our back on God and our faith. This couldn't be further from the truth. The fact is that we are stronger and even more serious about our faith then we've ever been before. God knows our hearts and our motives. We don't endorse any of these bands or the message they present or their lifestyles. We just want to play some amazing songs and hopefully break down some walls and open some doors along the way. We will continue to honor God in all that we do and say and we can only hope and pray that the few of you who have expressed your disappointment will open your minds and your hearts to what God can do with this record. Let's not limit God...."
The past weekend Axl and the new Guns N Roses rolled into New York for a couple surprise shows. Going on late, and then partying for, as Axl was quoted, “As long as it takes”, it is clear Rose hasn’t changed much from the Use Your Illusion days. However, I was quite shocked to see Axl rocking the Fedora hat with the bandana, a bold move few can pull off. Add in the trademark oversized aviator shades and Axl becomes a first ballot inductee for the Cranium Accessories Hall of Fame, joining Bret Michaels and Hulk Hogan (first time ballot inductees in the bandana category)… More...
Michael Sweet of Christian glam rockers Stryper has issued the following statement about recording an album composed entirely of cover songs:
"Hey Everyone, Just as promised, I wanted to outline some more details regarding the new Stryper record. We grew up listening to many different styles of music and there is a list of bands that influenced us throughout our musical education. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Kansas and many others, helped to shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking.
"We grew up on the streets of LA playing every club in town from Gazzari's to The Whisky to The Troubadour to you name it. We played covers from all the bands mentioned above and we shaped our own sound from listening and performing songs from these classic bands.
"We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. We performed 'On Fire' by Van Halen on a few tours and we also performed 'Breaking The Law' by Priest on this last tour. The response was far beyond our expectations each time we performed these songs. People seemed genuinely surprised to hear Stryper cover these songs and even more surprised to hear Stryper perform these songs relatively well. This will be an opportunity for Robert, Oz, Tim and myself to loosen up and have some fun. More...
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following update about preparing to record a new album:
"Wow! Typically (and historically) speaking, a new Stryper record comes out every 2-3 years. I'm pleased to announce shocking news - we are starting pre-production at the end of February (of this year) and we begin recording the 2nd week of March (of this year)! We will have a new record completed by early May 2010 and we will be planning for a release later in the year!!!
"I don't want to say too much at this time but I will write an update by next week describing what we're going to do and I can tell you this - it won't be what anyone expects and it will show a completely different side to Stryper that the world has never heard before. Let the controversy begin........... The band is incredibly excited about this project and the label is equally as excited... Great things ahead!"
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following road report:
"Hello Everyone! Looking back on the past five months I've realized that I've been a little more on the reserved side regarding updates and staying in touch. To be completely honest, it's been nice being more on the reclusive side but for some reason, I felt inclined to write today, 2/1, and I seem to have a lot on my heart so here goes........
"The tour has been a tug of war so to speak - pros and cons, ups and downs and an exhausting run that has certainly taken its toll physically and emotionally. Although we all enjoy our time on stage sharing the music and the message that God has blessed us with, the road life is very difficult at times and can be quite draining. Plain and simple - it can beat you up! We are all feeling the effects. I’m handling the touring life a little easier these days due to eating healthier, staying conditioned and taking care of myself (or at least trying to). God has taken care of us and answered prayer in terms of keeping us healthy and strong throughout the tour. There has been some sickness here and there but for the most part, by comparison, we've been healthier and stronger this time around. More...
Swedish melodic metal band AUDIOVISION has signed to Ulterium Records. The band's new album, "Focus," will be released later this spring, release dates and more information will be announced within the coming weeks.
The line-up of Audiovision is as follows:
Christian Liljegren [Divinefire, ex. Narnia] - Vocals
Simeon Liljegren [Ex. Modest Attraction] - Bass & Vocals
Torbjörn Weinesjö [Veni Domine] - Guitars & Vocals
Thomas Weinesjö [Veni Domine, Saviour Machine] - Drums
Olov Andersson [Grand Stand] - Keyboards & Vocals More...