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 »

Mar 032019

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has set “Ten” as the title of his next solo album, due later in the year via Rat Pak Records.

In a brand new 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.”

He continued: “So far though, the songs all have incredible energy. I’ve got Will Hunt playing drums on it and John O’Boyle is playing bass. The rhythm section is phenomenal and the guitar tones are great. I’m going to have a different guest guitar player on every song, with a solo, of course. I’ve got Todd La Torre of Queensrÿche joining me on a song and it’s just turning out to be a really cool album. I think that it’s going to surpass my last solo album and that did really well, but I think this one is going to be even better.” Continue reading »

Mar 012019

Former Stryper bassist Tim Gaines is working on his autobiography. In the book, which does not currently have a tentative release date, Gaines will write about his experience with chronic lyme disease, with which he was diagnosed more than a decade ago.

He says: “I was infected by a tick in 2008. Ten days into the infection, I was sent to the ER, being told by an urgent care doctor that I was having a heart attack. In the months that followed, one of the first indications that something was desperately wrong with my system was I started having fatigue and night sweats. As the fatigue came and went, I experienced unusual body sweats while playing on stage. I would become embarrassingly ‘soaked’ in sweat after only a few songs.” Continue reading »

Jan 282019

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has commenced recording his next solo album. The follow-up to 2016’s “One Sided War” will arrive this summer via Rat Pak Records.

Among the guest musicians who will appear on Sweet‘s new disc are Queensryche singer Todd La Torre, guitarists Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Night Ranger), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Marzi Montazeri (ExhorderPhilip H. Alsemo & The Illegals), Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) and Andy James; and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence).

Sweet previously stated about his new solo album: “There are old-school, straight-ahead metal ideas à la [JudasPriest and Dio, as well as a few uptempo riffs à la [IronMaiden. There’s also a few ballads with a bit of a [Led] Zeppelin vibe.

“I’m really excited about the musical direction. I’m bringing back a few of those classic hooks and melodies that some of you have asked for. Ask and you shall receive.” Continue reading »