Sep 022017
 

The remaining members of Stryper, Michael Sweet (guitar, vocals), Oz Fox (guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums) just released the following joint statement:

Dear fans and friends,

We wish Timothy Gaines nothing but the best, and we will always remember the history and the good times that we all shared together. We have done our best to remain courteous and professional despite the barrage of disrespectful comments, posts and tweets that have been made public time and time again by Tim and Brandee on what seems to be a daily basis.

The accusations that have been made that our decision to terminate Tim is based on his divorce couldn’t be further from the truth. We have all struggled with separation and divorce in our relationships over the years, and it has never affected anyone’s position within the band. Continue reading »

Aug 312017
 
Tim Gaines has confirmed that he is no longer a member of Stryper.

The musician’s exit from the band has been rumored for months, ever since Stryper guitarist Oz Fox revealed that Tim was going through a divorce, forcing the group to take a hiatus and possibly consider a future without the bassist.

In a brand new interview with KNAC.COMGaines spoke about his current status with Stryper for the first time, admitting that he was no longer involved with the openly Christian band that he played with for more than two decades.”The Stryper thing is a touchy subject right now,” Gaines said. “I can’t really elaborate on too much of it. You would probably be the first person that I would say to that I am officially no longer a member of the band. It’s been out there for about a year now that things have been going sour. It hasn’t been officially said by either myself or the band, but, yeah, I’m no longer working with them.”

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Free Signed Michael Sweet Demos CD

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Aug 042017
 

Big news from the Michael Sweet online store: For a limited time, all orders of “One Sided War” merch come with a FREE autographed CD of previously unreleased demos!

A note from Michael: “This is the first music and demo that I recorded after I left Stryper in 1992. I thought these were all gone until I stumbled upon a box in storage. They are extremely rare and I’m offering them to you as a gift for purchasing any new Michael Sweet merchandise. Once they are gone they’re gone!” Continue reading »

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 »