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Stryper

Formed: 1983
From: CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Stryper News

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.

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Stryper Gears Up For North American Tour

Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following statement about gearing up for their upcoming tour dates:

"Rehearsals are going extremely well. The guys are sounding incredible and really enjoying themselves. Spirits are high. Laughter, smiles, practical jokes, and of course intense hard-work and long days of practice fill the air as the band gears up to kick-off their 25th Anniversary world tour this Friday, September 11 at 'House of Blues' in Boston.

"Tuesday was spent running through the set several times and tweaking the new in-ear monitor system they'll be using on this tour. Also this week, the final yellow and black outfits arrived via FedEx. That was an exciting moment - like unwrapping a present on Christmas morning. Everyone is thrilled with the job Ray Brown did with the outfits (Ray Brown was the original outfit designer from the 80's).

The band also took a brief break from rehearsals to meet with One Verse, the ministry in which we are partnering with during this tour. Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl from BOSTON stopped by yesterday and briefly ran through 'Peace of Mind'. They'll be sitting in with the band on September 11 in Boston. If you live anywhere in the Boston area, or even if you don't, this is a show worth catching. It will be a historic night. More...

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Stryper Bassist To Sit Out U.S. Tour Dates

Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following update about replacing their bassist for their upcoming U.S. tour dates:

"Friends,

"Bassist Tracy Ferrie will not be performing on the U.S. leg of the Stryper tour. Instead, original bassist Timothy Gaines will be the sole bass player. What was originally planned as a 2-set show, will now be one full 90-minute show, consisting of all the greatest hits and new Stryper material. The band will be wearing new yellow and black outfits designed by the original outfit designer. All original members, Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, and Tim Gaines will be performing on the 25th Anniversary U.S. tour.

"Tracy has made the very honorable decision, one in which we support, to put the needs of his family first. Contrary to what many may believe, most professional musicians (especially those with families) have other jobs when their band is not touring. And in order to provide for their families, they often need to find other means of work during non-touring times.

"We are living in extremely difficult economic times whereby finding a good day-job is difficult. Tracy has a great one. One that provides well for his family. Leaving this job could put his family in a tough situation upon returning from tour. We support Tracy in this decision to ensure security for his family. At the same time, we're excited to get back out on the road and share our new music and the 25th Anniversary show with our friends and fans whom we have not seen in a long time.

"We're honored to have been doing this for 25 years and blessed to have the opportunity to go out on tour this fall. Without you, our friends and fans, we would not have lasted this long. Thank you. See you on the road soon."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Restraining Orders and M&M

Both Slash (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Steven Adler (Guns N Roses/Adler’s Appetite) have filed restraining orders against the same woman. Adler claims a woman he met in rehab is stalking him. She is also trying to contact Adler through Slash. One thing we know for sure, she definitely has a type. KISS has announced a special promotion with M&Ms. Expected to be available in October, there is no word whether Gene Simmons will be sending over any of the brown candies to Eddie Van Halen’s dressing room… More...

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Stryper Announces Interactive Interview

Christian glam rockers Stryper have announced an interactive interview for fans with guitarist Oz Fox. The details are as follows:

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00pm Eastern Time
FORMAT: Simulcast (Attend via Phone or Webcast -- it's your choice) RSVP here.

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Stryper Announces More Tour Dates

Christian heavy metal veterans Stryper has announced some more shows for their forthcoming world tour in support of their 25th anniversary as well as their brand new studio album, "Murder By Pride."

The tour dates are as follows:

September 11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
September 12 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
September 13 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
September 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
September 18 - New York, NY - The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
September 19 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
September 20 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
September 23 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
September 24 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Cleveland
September 25 - Mt. Clemens, MI - The Hayloft

October 1 - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
October 4 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
October 15 - Falls Church, VA - The State Theatre
October 17 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
October 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Heaven
October 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
October 24 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
October 25 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
October 28 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
October 30 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon

November 4 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
November 5 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
November 6 - San Antonio, TX - Scoutbar
November 10 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom
November 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia LA Live
November 16 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues - Anaheim
November 19 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon Nightclub

January 15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
January 16 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
January 20 - Biel, Switzerland - Kongresshaus
January 22 - Prague, Czech - Retro Music Hall
January 23 - Utrecht Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht

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The Rockstar Ramblings: A Tribute to Cherry Pie

In a recent interview Michael Sweet (Stryper) confirmed that the band has sold eight million albums. Welcome to the new segment called, “Holy Shit! That’s Crazy!”… More...

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Stryper Seeking Fan Help For 25th Anniversary Tour

Stryper manager Dave Rose has issued the following statement about seeking fan support for upcoming tour dates:

"Stryper friends and fans…

"As you know, we're in the middle of working on the 25th Anniversary Tour. There are a million variables that go in to making a date and city work for a tour. But one of the key elements is promoters and venue owners need to feel that there is interest in the community about Stryper. They need to know that hundreds if not thousands of people will come to a Stryper show, and that you will help make sure this happens.

"I've received several emails from people saying 'I noticed you don't have [my city] on the tour schedule. Will Stryper be coming to [my city]?'

"This is where the fans come in. You can help. In each market there are venues that hold anywhere from 750 to 2000 or more people. They have rock shows. Maybe it's a club. Maybe it's a theater. They're everywhere throughout America. And trust me, we've contacted them. And in many cases they've made offers that we are currently reviewing. More...

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Stryper's "Murder By Pride" Gets Euro Release Date

Frontiers Records has signed Christian hard rockers STRYPER for the European release of the band's brand new album "Murder By Pride," due on August 28, 2009. The album is to be released on July 21, 2009 in North America.

Formed in 1983, the band released five studio albums before disbanding in February 1992. Singer Michael Sweet pursued a solo career, while the other members have kept on working together, until Stryper came back in the original line up during 2005, releasing the acclaimed new album entitled "Reborn".

In the past few years singer Michael Sweet started to cooperate with Boston and the result of this is a stunning recording of the classic song "Peace of Mind" on the brand new album "Murder By Pride," which sees none other than Tom Scholz guesting on guitar.

"I got the idea of the title 'Murder By Pride' from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives" continues Sweet "We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!"

The "Murder By Pride" European tracklisting includes the following songs: More...

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More Bands Added To Rocklahoma 2009

The organizers of the Rocklahoma festival, which is held at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, located four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma, has announced some new names for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Stryper has been confirmed to headline the main stage on Friday where they will be joined by new additions Night Ranger and Warrant. Added to the Saturday are rock legends Thin Lizzy and Sunday will see a newly confirmed performance from Skid Row.

Speaking on the festival, Stryper frontman Michael Swet said: "Rocklahoma is an event that I've heard about from peers and friends and they have always said that Stryper would be a perfect fit for this festival. Oklahoma holds a special place in my heart since my family lived in Moore, Oklahoma. I have a lot of family in Oklahoma. We're excited to finally be able to perform at Rocklahoma and look forward to an amazing night!"

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Stryper Announces New Album Release Date

Christian heavy metal veterans Stryper has announced that they will release their brand new studio album, "Murder By Pride" on July 21st through Big Tree Records. When speaking about the new album, frontman Michael Sweet said:

"After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like 'more guitars', 'more solos' and 'more screams', I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of Stryper yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It's certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to Murder By Pride, I think that was accomplished. I got the idea of the title Murder By Pride from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives. We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!"

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Stryper Announces 25th Anniversary U.S. Tour

Christian hard rock band Stryper has issued the following announcement about an upcoming 25th anniversary tour:

"Stryper is gearing up to tour the United States starting in September of 2009, hitting approximately 50 cities across America. This will be followed by International tour dates in January and February of 2010.

"25 years ago (1984) Stryper broke on to the scene with their debut EP Yellow and Black Attack and have since gone on to sell 8 million records worldwide and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals.

"The 25th Anniversary Tour will be a 2 set show. The first set will be new Stryper material and include bassist Tracy Ferrie, along with original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Oz Fox. The second set will be classic Stryper hits and will be all 4 original members, including original bassist Tim Gaines. Michael Sweet Jr's band will be the opening band on the tour. More...

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Stryper Issues Album Release Update

Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following announcement about the release of their upcoming album:

"This just in....Big3 Records will be setting a firm release date for "Murder by Pride" in the coming weeks. It is scheduled to be released near the end of July, 2009."

The track listing for the album will be as follows: More...

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Stryper Unveils New Album Artwork

Christian rockers Stryper recently held a contest requesting fans send in artwork to be used for their upcoming album "Murder By Pride." The final choice for the artwork can be viewed at the band's official website.

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Stryper Reveals New Album Title and Track Listing

Christian hard rock act Stryper has revealed that their new album will be titled "Murder by Pride." Stryper front man Michael Sweet issued the following statement about the album:

“After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like “more guitars”, “more solos” and “more screams”, I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of Stryper yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to “Murder By Pride”, I think that was accomplished.

I got the idea of the title “Murder By Pride” from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives. We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!”

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Stryper Posts New Video On iTunes

Christian hard rockers STRYPER have issued the following update:

"Stryper have released the video 'Honestly' on iTunes.

The video is a live video that was taken from the Greatest Hits, Live In Puerto Rico DVD released in 2007. It marks the first time a video from Stryper has been made available on iTunes.

Cost $1.99 Runtime 4:16 (55.3MB) Download it today!"

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Benefit Gig For Great White Fire Victims Announced

TESLA, STRYPER (with a special guest appearance by Tom Scholz of BOSTON), Aaron Lewis (STAIND), Eric Martin (MR. BIG) and Carmine Appice's SLAM (a drum thing) are among the confirmed performers at a benefit concert for the victims of the February 20, 2003 nightclub fire, which claimed 100 lives, seriously injured 200 others, and left 65 children without one or both parents.

The show will take place on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, Rhode Island. All proceeds from ticket sales and charity auctions benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station nightclub fire. They are committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.

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Stryper To Cover Boston Classic On New Record

Christian rock legends STRYPER are busy recording their new album. According to Metalforjesus.org, the track 'My Love I'll Always Show' (rock version) will be added to the new record since it fit's what the band is trying to do now musically. Michael Sweet says "We begin laying down vocal tracks over the next few weeks. We're finished with all the tracking, other than vocals. We start mixing in October. We're covering the song 'Peace of Mind' by BOSTON and Tom Scholz (Boston guitarist) is joining us to play guitar on that song. The whole record is sounding incredible!"

On a day off from recording recently, Michael and guitarist Oz Fox (with family and friends) headed out to a local karaoke hot spot near the studio in Massachusetts. Stryper's 'To Hell With The Devil happened to be one of the songs in the karaoke book so Michael and Oz sang it and gave the locals their very own private karaoke performance. More...

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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More Bands On Monterry Mexico Fest

Dark Vission Entertainment, the promoters of the 2006 Monterrey Metal Fest and Mexico's Rock Metal magazine, have announced the second-stage lineup for the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

SLAYER will headline and STRYPER will co-headline the event, which is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United". The concert, which promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," will feature eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Main Stage:

SLAYER (Headliner)
STRYPER (Co-Headliner)
(TBA)
EDGUY
DEICIDE
WARCRY
TOXODEATH
MORTUARY

Second Stage:

International Bands

(TBA) (Headliner)
BLUDGEON
HYDROGYN
BENEDICTUM
DREAMS OF DAMNATION
JADED

Mexican Bands

MALIGNO
SOULS ON FIRE
DIMENSION
PENTAGRAM
MULUC PAX
SOLITUDE

The final two bands (one main-stage act and the headliner of the second stage) will be announced in the coming days.

The official festival pre-party will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at the Cafe Iguana with mini-sets from bands that will be performing on the festival's main stage and second stage.

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Edguy and Deicide Added To Monterrey Music Fest

German power metal band EDGUY and the legendary American death metal band DEICIDE have been confirmed to perform on the main stage of the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

SLAYER will headline and STRYPER will co-headline the event, which is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United". The concert promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," featuring eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage.

The official festival pre-party will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at the Cafe Iguana with mini-sets from bands that will be performing on the festival's main stage and second stage.

The main-stage lineup is shaping up as follows, with more bands to be confirmed:

SLAYER
STRYPER
EDGUY
DEICIDE
WARCRY

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