Apr 252013
 

Stryper 2012 dec.300Legendary hard rockers Stryper are recording a cover version of “Jesus Is Just Alright”, a gospel song written by Arthur Reid Reynolds, for their next studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Frontiers Records. The band’s frontman, Michael Sweet, says, “It rivals our cover of Earth Wind & Fire‘s ‘Shining Star’ — riffs!”

“Jesus Is Just Alright” was first recorded by Reynolds‘ own group, The Art Reynolds Singers , on their 1966 album, “Tellin’ It Like It Is”. It was later covered by The Byrds, DC Talk and The Doobie Brothers.

Michael Sweet previously stated that the new Stryper CD would contain “the best [songs] of our career [with] no pop or fluff musically or lyrically.” He added: “I’m counting the days for its arrival and when it does arrive, it will be like a train speeding down the tracks — fast, heavy, unstoppable and loud! I get excited for every record, but I’ve never quite been this excited before. This record will be one for the books, and in my humble opinion, our best yet bar none. No pride here, just confidence that it’s going to be great — really, really great.”

In a 2012 interview with Guitar WorldMichael Sweet stated about Stryper‘s plans for the next album: “We’re going into this new record with the mentality and thinking of making it like a ‘To Hell With The Devil 2’. That’s not to say it will actually sound like that album, but we really want it to be as great as ‘To Hell With The Devil’, which was our biggest album. We want people to put on this record and go; ‘Whoa! Wow! This is as good as or better than ‘To Hell With The Devil’!’ We want the new album to be a powerhouse and we’re going to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”

Frontiers Records in January announced the signing of Stryper to a multi-album deal. The first CD to be made available the agreement was a collection of re-recorded versions of the band’s classic songs, released in North America on March 26. Entitled “Second Coming” and produced by Michael Sweet, the album contains a total of 16 cuts — two from “The Yellow And Black Attack”, six from “Soldiers Under Command”, six from “To Hell With The Devil”, as well as two new tracks, “Bleeding From Inside Out” and “Blackened”.

You can find our album review at this location.

Stryper 2013 Tour Dates
06/28/13 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
06/29/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/12/13 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom w/ Mike Tramp of White Lion**
07/13/13 New York, NY B.B. Kings w/ Mike Tramp of White Lion**
07/14/13 Poughkeepsie, NY Chance Theater**
07/19/13 Toronto, ON The Rockpile
07/20/13 Chesterfield, MI Diesel Concert Lounge**
08/09/13 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters
08/10/13 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair w/ Vince Neil**

Michael Sweet and Oz Fox (special acoustic set)
07/16/13 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live**
08/14/13 Hollywood, CA Whiskey A Go Go w/ Mike Tramp of White Lion**
08/15/13 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House w/ Mike Tramp of White Lion**
08/16/13 Las Vegas, NV Club Madrid @ Sunset Station w/ Mike Tramp of White Lion
** On Sale Now!

Band members:
Michael Sweet- Lead Vocals / Guitar
Robert Sweet- Drums
Oz Fox- Guitar / Vocals
Timothy Gaines- Bass/Vocals

Weblinks: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Video below: Art Reynold Singers – ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’

Related articles:
 ‘Stryper’ To Begin Recording All-New Album Of Original Material In April [Jan. 2013]
‘Stryper’ More Fan-Filmed Video From Anaheim Show, Pre-Order ‘Second Coming’ Now, New Tour Dates [Feb. 2013]
‘Michael Sweet’ Says “I’m Almost 50 Yet I Feel Like I’ve Lived The Life Of A Man Who Is Almost 90″ [Feb. 2013]
‘Dave Mustaine’ Says ‘Michael Sweet’ And I ‘Believe In The Same Jesus’ [Feb. 2013]
‘Stryper’s’ ‘Michael Sweet’ Says Next Studio Album Will Be ‘Really, Really Great’ [March 2013]
 New Interview With ‘Stryper’s’ ‘Michael Sweet’, New ‘Stryper’ Dates [March 2013]
Stryper – Second Coming [Album review]
‘Stryper’ First-Week Sales Revealed For ‘Second Coming’, New Tour Dates Announced [April 2013]
‘Michael Sweet’ On Re-Recording Classic Songs: ‘We Have, In Many Ways, Outdone The Originals’ [April 2013]

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