Cleveland, Ohio -Spring is in the air and it is a time for renewal, to step outside and see what the world has to offer.With that thought in mind the spring and summer concert calendar opens up a world of musical discovery and in celebration of Stryper’s spring tour we bring you the top five reasons to see Stryper in concert.
Formed in 1982 and finding success in 1984 the band has had decades of hits , with positive messages about faith and salvation and undying love as the main themes of their songs. The pure hits of ” Calling On You ” , ” Honestly ” and ” To Hell With The Devil ” ensure that their legacy will live on for many many more decades . One of the few ” Big Hair Bands ” ( I hate that designation ) that survived and still thrive to this day.
2- God Damn Evil
The new release from the band is tearing up the music scene with both critics and fans literally singing its praise. The tracts ” The Valley ” has amazing duel guitar work .” Sorry ” has the message we can all relate to and ” God Damn Evil ” brings with it the power of the message along with the musical chops to back it up. A great album pick one up today.
3- Same Band New Member
The announcement of former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson joining Stryper in October 2017 brings with him decades of musical talent in both the metal and country music scenes . I saw him perform recently and can say he is a a great addition to the band and a perfect fit.
4- Michael Sweet Shreds on the Guitar !
That’s right I said it ,the man knows his way around a fret board . The pure six string talent and blistering leads coming from his guitar cannot be over stated. Known mostly as a singer he was never a slouch in the rhythm section but his leads in a songs bridges are over the top . He has the ability to over play but the sense to know what fits the song. Guitarists in training please take examples from this man.
5- The Message
I know it is not politically correct in this day of millennial’s being offended by everything ever said , spoken , sang or viewed .But the message of Stryper stating that there is a love for that never ends, that we are all flawed and we can be accepted even with our flaws is what society needs.To be a better version of ourselves and to try to make the would around us better. I am sorry but not sorry the world needs fixed and the message is what matters .
Michael Sweet – lead vocals, guitar
- Robert Sweet – drums, percussion
- Oz Fox – guitar, backing vocals
- Perry Richardson –bass guitar
- To see all the details of the current tour and things Stryper please see the official website at http://www.stryper.com/
- Stryper was supported on the Cleveland date by the bands Mourning Wagon and Hell and Back who both did a great job firing up the packed house.