Cleveland, Ohio – The musical icons Stryper made a stop in Cleveland last night to the delight of music fans old and young .The 1980’s icons started off as being labeled Christian metal back in the day but their legacy has defined them as skilled and creative musicians .The duel guitar work and beautiful melodies go way beyond labels . Just great songs and even greater musicians.
Last night show was billed as the ” History ” tour a night of hits, theirs and ours and was it ever . Besides the traditional Stryper set such ” Calling In On You “and ” To Hell With The Devil ” they played a nice selection covers from Kiss , Judas Priest , Queen, Van Halen and a few others .
The fact that this band has been going for 35 years strong prove the dedication of their fans . I am not age biased as I am getting up their as well but I saw quite a few fans in walkers , wheel chairs and scooters .The ironic part was that I have known most of those fans for over two decades but to see them young again, raising their fists in the air and rocking out , proves to the power of music.
Stryper consists of Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar ( one of the most underrated guitarists out there, his riffs are heavy, his melodies beautiful and his solos are skillful )
Robert Sweet on drums , who monstrosity of a drum kit would make Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham nod in approval but with the skill and creativity to put it all to use .
Oz Fox on guitar whose quiet demeanor hides the guitar demon he is ( can you call someone in Stryper a demon . In this case I give myself a pass .
Rounding out the bass position is the newest member of the group, Perry Richardson formally of Firehouse doing a great job on the bass and backing vocals , especially on Panama .
A huge thank you to Stryper for not only a great night of music last night but for 35 years , preaching the word , hearing our thoughts and speaking our hearts. Stryper we salute you to a job well done !
Billy Morris and Sunset Strip opened the show playing a back catalog of various bands from Kidd Wicked , current material and even a Warrant Song .Billy was joined on stage for a cover with local legend Joey D to which the crowd roared in approval . Props to Billy and his band for a fun night !