Jul 062017

Stryper will enter the studio this fall to begin work on in its new album for an early 2018 release. Frontman Michael Sweet told Good Company in a new interview about the band’s planned follow-up to 2015’s “Fallen” (see video below): “We’re gonna start recording a new album in October — we start pre-production — and we’ll probably be done by before Christmas time, at the latest just after Christmas. It will come out — if I had to guess — probably around April.”

Asked if he feels any pressure having to come up with an album’s worth of material in such a short period of time, Sweet said: “I do, but I don’t [start writing well ahead of time], actually. I procrastinate a lot. So if I’m traveling and I’m busy doing other things, I’ll put off [until] two, three weeks before the album writing the album. I’ve done that on the last three albums — ‘No More Hell To Pay’ [2013], ‘Fallen’ and [2016 solo disc] ‘One Sided War’. Those were all written just a few weeks before recording. It’s not the way I like to do things, it’s not the way things should be done, but I seem to be — for whatever reason — in that mindset. And hopefully for this new Stryper album, I can break that. I wanna start writing in July, ’cause I’m gonna have some time to do that, and try to come up with a good number of ideas long before we start recording them.” Continue reading »

May 132017

Michael Sweet frontman of legendary hardrock band Stryper have checked in with the following update:

Stryper has seen a lot over the past 33 years. Good times/bad times, ups & downs, smiles and tears but by the grace of God we’re still here. Stryper is still going! Why? Because it’s bigger than any one of us, its purpose is beyond any one of us and the goal has nothing to do with us – it has everything to do with God and His calling on this band.

As long as The Calling is there we will be there. Ready to serve and ready to rock. The ball is rolling on a brand new studio album and we’re ready for something new, recharged and revised. We can’t wait to get into the studio and record and we can’t wait to hit the road in 2018. Amazing things are ahead of us and this band will be stronger and better than ever.

Thank you all for standing by what we do – M Continue reading »

Dec 042016

Stryper Aug 2014Legendary hard rockers Stryper will continue making albums and touring despite the band’s recent announcement that they will “take a hiatus” in early 2017.

Asked by Nick of the WSOU radio station if Stryper was still planning to go on a break following the completion of the recent tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their multi-platinum album “To Hell With The Devil”, frontman Michael Sweet said (hear audio below): “Well, some choices were made that affected the band and made us have to step back — kind of forced us to step back — and re-evaluate who we are and how we’re gonna continue. Without going into all the gory details… That being said, we have no plans of stopping. I mean, we had considered it and thought, well, maybe we should, but then we realized, well, that’s just fair to us, that’s not fair to the fans. So we’re gonna continue on for sure, we just don’t know how and when exactly.”

Sweet also talked about whether it’s likely that Stryper will carry on without bassist Tim Gaines, whose “personal matters” were previously revealed to be the reason for the band’s hiatus plans.

“Well, I mean, that remains to be seen, but it’s very possible, and I’d probably go as far as to say even probable,” Michael said. ‘But we don’t really know quite yet. It’s something that very well could happen, absolutely.” Continue reading »

Nov 162016

michaelsweet_2016Piper of KidsInterviewBands.com conducted an interview with Stryper frontman Michael Sweet on November 13 at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below.

Sweet‘s seventh solo album, “One Sided War”, was released on August 26 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record are Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

Stryper‘s current tour is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s multi-platinum album “To Hell With The Devil”. Remaining dates and locations are listed below. Continue reading »

Nov 052016

Stryper_YellowandBlack_2015Legendary rockers Stryper are not planning on breaking up following the completion of the current tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their multi-platinum album “To Hell With The Devil”.

Stryper in September announced plans to “take a hiatus” in early 2017. The group explained in a statement: “Our band and ministry is facing a crossroads for a variety of reasons, including some personal matters affecting our bassist, Tim Gaines, that have affected the unity of our band.”

But now, in a new post on the group’s official Facebook page, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet insisted that the band will carry on for years to come. He wrote: “Just to clarify and no matter what you’ve heard — Rob [drummer Robert Sweet], Oz [Fox, guitar] and myself will NOT be dissolving Stryper.

“After the ‘To Hell With The Devil’ tour is wrapped up, we will be taking a break but we will NOT be breaking up. Continue reading »