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 »

Jun 122017
 

Brandee Gaines, the new wife of Stryper bassist Timothy Gaines, has indicated via Facebook that her new husband will not be playing on Stryper‘s upcoming new studio album.

Whether Tim Gaines would be a part of Stryper‘s upcoming studio album has been up in the air for some time and even publicly back to December 2016 when Stryper frontman Michael Sweet revealed in an interview with Nick from WSOU about the possibility of doing the album without Gaines, “Well, I mean, it remains to be seen but it’s very possible. I’d go as far as to say even probable. But we don’t really know quite yet. It’s something that very well could happen. Absolutely.” The next day, Gaines advised via Twitter that he was not leaving Stryper.

Brandee Gaines also took aim at some of the comments from outsiders reporting that her new husband has played on only a few albums and songs on past Stryper albums. Brandee Gaines advised that Gaines has played on most Stryper songs. 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 »

‘Oz Fox’ Talks About Stryper’s Hiatus

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Jan 032017
 

oz-foxStryper guitarist Oz Fox has spoken out about the “personal issues” that have resulted in the band taking a hiatus and possibly considering a future without bassist Tim Gaines.

Asked by The Vinyl Mishappenings what the reason is that Stryper is planning to take some time off, Fox said: “Well, it’s a number of things. A lot of it is Michael [Sweet, guitar/vocals] has a lot projects coming up that he wants to take time off to do, which is fine by me, because I’ve got a lot of stuff going on here in town, and, as I get older in age, I kind of want to set myself up so that I’ll have more opportunities here in [Las] Vegas so that someday if I ever stop touring with Stryper, I can maybe stay here and work as a musician. He [Michael] definitely is going to be doing a second album with George Lynch and he also just released a solo album and he wants to go out and tour that album a little bit and we [Stryper] are going to be playing on the Monsters of Rock cruise the first week of February.”

Pressed on whether this means that Stryper‘s original lineup — including Gaines — will appear on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, Fox said: “As far as I know, yes, but Tim, our bass player, is going through some personal issues and we’re trying to let him work all of that stuff out. It’s no secret anymore, but he’s going through a divorce, so we’re giving him time to work those things out. As far as I know, he’s looking like he’s on his way to making all of that stuff in his life correct and fixed, and then we’ll see where he stands after he’s all done with that, and I know he wants to keep touring. It’s a very difficult thing to go through a divorce; it’s difficult for everybody. We’re very close to him and his wife, so it hurts us as much as it hurts them. 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 »