Stryper guitarist Oz Fox will undergo a brain biopsy after he reportedly fell down during a concert last weekend.
Fox suffered a seizure while performing with Sin City Sinners Saturday night (August 11) at Harrah’s in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was immediately transported to a local hospital, where medical personnel ran extensive tests to determine the cause of the seizure.
Earlier today, Oz‘s wife, Annie Lobért, revealed that a spinal tap found “no infection,” but that “Oz needs a procedure for biopsies on his brain.”
Despite the troubling news, Lobért assured fans: “We trust God no matter what. This is how we fight our battles — it may look like we’re surrounded but God is surrounding us.
“Oz says he just wants to get home and play his guitar — get better and get back on stage.”
Official Statement from ‘Stryper’ Regarding Band Member ‘Oz Fox’
Update on Oz Fox: Spinal tap results in: No infection, but Oz needs a procedure for biopsies on his brain. Not going…
Stryper‘s tour of Australia is scheduled to begin this Friday (August 17). The band will then play two shows in Tokyo, Japan before returning to the States in September for a number of scattered dates that run through November.
AUG 17 – MAX WATTS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
AUG 18 – MAX WATTS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
AUG 19 – THE GOV, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
AUG 21 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
AUG 25 – KAWASAKI CLUB CITTA, TOKYO, JAPAN
AUG 26 – KAWASAKI CLUB CITTA, TOKYO, JAPAN
SEPT 7 – GRAND ROCK TEMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, HINCKLEY, MN
SEPT 8 – THE ARCADA THEATRE, ST. CHARLES, IL
SEPT 13 – HOUSE OF BLUES, ORLANDO, FL
SEPT 15 – “ROCK IN VIVO FEST” @ VIVO BEACH CLUB, ISLA VERDE, PUERTO RICO
OCT 12 – THE VOGUE, INDIANAPOLIS, IN (NEW DATE)
OCT 18 – STAMPEDE, AURORA, CO (NEW DATE)
OCT 20 – LEATHERHEADS SPORTS BAR, DRAPER, UT
OCT 25 – THE MARQUEE, TEMPE, AZ
OCT 26 – RIALTO THEATRE, TUCSON, AZ
OCT 27 – CANNERY HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS, NV (NEW DATE)
OCT 31 – WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
NOV 3 – THE CANYON THEATRE, SANTA CLARITA, CA (NEW DATE)
NOV 4 – ACE OF SPADES, SACRAMENTO, CA
The band’s latest album “God Damn Evil” has been released on April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, it is Stryper‘s most powerful album to date,
“God Damn Evil” debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Christian Album Sales, #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums, #3 on Billboard’s Top Current Hard Music Albums, #5 on Billboard’s Top Independent Current Albums, #7 on Billboard’s Top Current Rock Albums, #12 on Billboard’s Top Current Physical Albums, #14 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums, #21 on Billboard’s Top Current Digital Albums and #77 on Billboard Top 200. In addition, “God Damn Evil” soared to #1 on the iTunes and Amazon Hard Rock charts immediately upon release.
The follow-up to 2015’s “Fallen” marks Stryper‘s first effort since the addition of former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for Stryper‘s longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group last year.
Perry did not play bass on Stryper‘s new album due to scheduling constraints. The bass tracks on “God Damn Evil”were laid down by John O’Boyle, who played bass on Sweet‘s last two solo albums.
Our review of “God Damn Evil” can be found here.