Oct 302019
 

The second in a series of videos featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Stryper frontman Michael Sweet‘s tenth solo LP, aptly titled “Ten”, can be seen below. The follow-up to 2016’s “One Sided War” was released on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music in Europe.

“Ten” features an all-star guest lineup that includes Jeff Loomis of Arch EnemyTodd La Torre of QueensrycheAndy JamesTracii Guns of L.A. GunsRich Ward of FozzyJoel Hoekstra of WhitesnakeGus G. of FirewindHowie SimonEthan BroshMarzi Montazeri of ExhorderWill Hunt of Evanescence , John O’BoyleMike Kerr and Ian Raposa of Firstbourne and more.

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Oct 272019
 

Stryper will perform in February 2020 in Mexico for the first time ever. The band will play their biggest hits and fan favorites. Stryper writes the following on facebook:

MEXICO, we’re coming! Catch us on our three-day tour through Mexico City, Chihuahua, and Monterrey. See below for dates and links…

And check out the video message below from the Sweet brothers.

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Aug 242019
 

Stryper guitarist Oz Fox will likely have to undergo several medical procedures to shrink the tumors that were discovered after his onstage seizure more than a year ago.

According to Oz‘s wife, Annie Lobért, the tumor behind the ear has grown from 2.2 by 1.7 centimeters on August 12, 2018 to 2.7 by 1.7 centimeters on July 23, 2019. Fox‘s doctor has recommended radiation as soon as possible because if the tumor grows to three centimeters, it will be no longer able to be treated with radiation. If the tumor grows beyond three centimeters, an operation to remove it will cause facial palsy (part of Oz‘s face will appear to droop) and it will be a tough and risky surgery to recover from. The radiation side effects will give Ozp  ermanent hearing loss completely in one ear and possibly facial palsy. There is also a tiny risk the tumor will grow from radiation. But if the tumor isn’t dealt with, it will continue to grow and cause hearing loss, balance, vision and spinal problems.

As for the tumor in the back of Oz‘s brain, it has grown from 27.77 millimeters by 30.53 millimeters on August 12, 2018 to 35.1 by 33.8 millimeters on July 23, 2019. That tumor is in the area where left side of his arms, hands and body operate. The risk to remove it will affect the upper left motor function and potential ability to recognize faces, objects. This tumor cannot be treated by radiation alone, like the first one. Oz will first undergo a biopsy to find out what kind of tumor it is. If surgery looks like the only option, Oz will then undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to stop the growth. Continue reading »

Apr 062019
 

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has finished recording vocals for his new solo album, “Ten”. The disc, which will be mixed starting next week, is due later in the year via Rat Pak Records.

In a social media post earlier today, Sweet stated about the follow-up to 2016’s “One Sided War”: “It’s an amazing album and I want to thank all the incredible musicians who were a part of making this solo album the best one yet!”

In a recent interview with Daily BoomSweet stated about the upcoming follow-up to 2016’s “One Sided War”: “It’s really great. I always go into a project with expectations and sometimes I meet or surpass them, but sometimes I don’t. Sometimes a song might be a little bit of a letdown and not what I had hoped for, but with this album so far, everything is as I’ve expected and then some. Now granted, I don’t have the lead vocals done yet, so the pressure is on me. [Laughs] I hope the lead vocals turn out how I hear them in my head and how I would like them to be, but you never know. You just don’t know until you get in there and you start singing and you get it done.” Continue reading »

Mar 212019
 

Stryper will return to the road in May for the 2019 “History Tour – Greatest Hits & Covers That Influenced Our Generation”. Unfortunately no European shows, only shows in the U,S, and South America. The trek comes on the heels of the band’s yearlong “God Damn Evil” world tour, which concluded in Japan in February.

“The music of our generation was and is timeless,” says Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. “It was all about the song and musicians who inspired you to want to play. We grew up on bands like Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Journey and Boston. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the music of these legendary bands. We thought it would be an amazing experience to play some of these songs live and show you, the audience, exactly were our roots lie. We’ll also be incorporating our own hits and videos from 1984 to 2019, and something from Perry‘s past as well (Firehouse). We’re excited to get back out on the road and we look forward to seeing you soon!” Continue reading »