Legendary christian glam metal band from Orange County, California Stryper announce that they will play this years edition of Seaside Festival [Music & Mission] in Norway. Other performing bands/artists are Switchfoot [US.], Leeland [US.], Gungor [US.], Chip K [UK], L27 [UK], Steph Macleod [UK], Terese Fredenwall [SE]. Seaside Festival will be held July 3-8.
Tour dates who been announced sofar are listed below.
September last year the band recorded 17 songs for a new album that will be released somewhere in 2012. Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet earlier states, “We’re tracking 17 songs — 14 old classics, three brand new songs ['Bleeding From Inside Out', 'Blackened' and 'How To Live']. 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. 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.”
Stryper‘s covers album, The Covering, sold around 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 175 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, 2009′s Murder By Pride, opened with 5,900 units to land at No. 73.
Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, The Covering is unlike any previous Stryper recording in that it’s a collection of cover songs from bands that inspired them and helped to shape their sound and musical identity, including hits from Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppel, Kansas and many others. The Covering will also include God, a new original recording from Stryper.
Stryper Tour Dates
2/24/12 Sault Ste Marie, MI Dream Makers Theater @ Kewadin Casino w/ Slaughter and Lynch Mob
2/ 25 – 28/2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monsters of Rock Cruise
5/12/12 Merriweather Post Pavilion, M3 Rock Festival [Info]
5/17/12 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
5/18/12 Houston, TX @House Of Blues
5/19/12 Las Vegas, NV Chrome Showroom @ Santa Fe Station Casino
5/24/12 New York, NY B.B. Kings
5/25/12 Foxboro, MA Showcase Live
Michael Sweet Solo Dates
3/24/2012 East Gate Alliance Church Marshfield, WI
4/14/2012 Our Place Christian Church Hillsboro, OR
‘Michael Sweet’ Departs Legendary Rock Band ‘Boston’ [Aug.2011]
‘Tim Gaines’ Signs With ‘Overture Guitars’ [Sept. 2011]
‘Stryper’s’ Collection Of Re-Recorded Classics To Include Three New Songs [Sept.2011]
‘Stryper’ Frontman Performs Acoustically In Rhode Island [Video] [Oct. 2011]
‘Stryper’ Frontman Working On New Solo Album [Nov. 2011]
‘Michael Sweet’ Acoustic-Performance Footage From ‘Arizona’ [Nov. 2011]
‘Michael Sweet’ Let’s Talk About The New Book [Dec.2011]