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Tue
27
Feb

MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 5 - Michael Sweet To Guest

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As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's the final entry; number 5!

 
Peering out my window this afternoon, I watch the falling snow after just having an amazing 75 degree day yesterday here in Boston. New England... you got to love it.

Well, a few last minute minor tweaks were done last week on a few tracks and our fantastic engineer Kenny Lewis has now uploaded all the files to Philadelphia's own Brian J Anthony who will be mixing and mastering the new MASS album. Brian comes highly recommended by our label and has done a superb job on the first few song mixes. Brian is just coming off the mixing of KANSAS vocalist Steve Walsh's outstanding new record and we look forward to working with him throughout the completion of all mixes.

Now with the album artwork underway (revealed soon) and the album in full blown mix stage, we anticipate a May 23, 2018 release.

Special Guest Announcement:
Michael Sweet of STRYPER makes a special guest appearance on the power ballad song "Stand Alone."  Michael adds his flawless guitar playing to the song and creates an amazing melodic solo which compliments the song beautifully.

Our PR man Michael Robinson had the opportunity to ask Michael Sweet a few questions during his MASS studio session. Check out what MS had to say below. But before you do, I would like to thank Andrew McNeice for posting my blogs, and to everyone who took the time to read them. Cheers, and hope to see some of you on the road and that you all dig the new album!


 

 
Q&A with Stryper's Michael Sweet @michaelhsweet
 
Question
On which song will you be appearing on the new MASS album, and what can you tell us about the tune (ballad, mid-tempo, rocker), and your specific contribution (vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, etc.)?

Michael Sweet:
"I've always been a fan of the band MASS and the guys are some of the best you'll find. They asked me to play a guitar solo on a song called "Stand Alone," a really cool guitar ballad that's straight ahead and classic MASS."

Question 
You have a long history with MASS. Looking back at your work as Producer on Voices in the Night (1989), what are you most proud of on that record, as far as the sound, performances, songwriting, etc.?

Michael Sweet
"That album just has "it". There's a special chemistry that took place on VITN and everything came together. The songs, performances, production, energy, everything. It was an honor to be a part of it!"

Question
While thinking back to the making of the Voices record, do you have any funny or particularly interesting stories/memories you can share from that period that MASS and Michael Sweet fans would be surprised (and amused) to hear?

Michael Sweet
"The guys stayed at our home for almost two months and everyday was a blast. We laughed a lot. I talked in my Tony Montana accent and they would talk like me. The running line is "You've gotta be coo coo to go to Coco's" - we say it to this day! Man those were fun times with lots of amazing memories......"

Question
Since Voices, MASS has continued to produce outstanding rock records, with this upcoming record, When Two Worlds Collide, their first in seven years. Having worked so closely with the band in the past, and now hearing their new material, do you have any thoughts/comments you can share with MASS (and Michael Sweet) fans so they know what to expect from this long-awaited, upcoming release?

Michael Sweet
"MASS has always been about the songs and that's the foundation. You have to have great songs or you have nothing. MASS has always had great songs and they've been doing it for a long time. That's unusual in this business. They're legendary and I'm proud to know them."

 

 

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Wed
14
Feb

STRYPER Announce Details For 'God Damn Evil' Album

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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Fans were initially introduced to the "God Damn Evil" album title and cover art via social media posts on February 5th, which quickly went viral causing a significant amount of conversation from STRYPER fans.
 
“We thought long and hard about this title,” says Michael in response to thousands of fan comments. “It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn't feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It's a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less."
 
God Damn Evil is the first release since the recent addition of bass player Perry Richardson, who joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar). Perry is best known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band FireHouse.
STRYPER fans are getting their first look into the upcoming album with today’s release of the epic lyric video for the song, "Take It To The Cross." View the Lyric video here: https://youtu.be/OWvdLnP8m3I
“’Take It To The Cross’ is our answer to many fans asking us to do something a little heavier and even bordering on thrash,” says Michael. “The verses are heavy with a vocal and lyric delivery that's bold and relevant yet the chorus kicks in with a fast, thrashy vibe. We brought in Matt Blanchard (Act Of Defiance / Shadows Fall) to handle the vocal growl on the choruses and the end vamp. This song is 100% high octane.”
 
Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic '80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
"God Damn Evil" is the follow-up to STRYPER’s ninth studio album, "Fallen" (Frontiers Music SRL), which was released in 2015 and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. 2016’s 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour saw record crowds and featured the band’s largest sound and lighting production in nearly two decades.
 
STRYPER will return to the road this year, kicking off the God Damn Evil World Tour in Milan, Italy on April 28th at the Frontiers Rock Festival. Tour dates will be posted as confirmed at http://www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html.
“We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society but with faith and love, we'll always have hope,” says Michael. “That's what STRYPER is all about - powerful music and a message that builds foundations, not walls. We couldn't be more excited about God Damn Evil as it showcases our undying love for what we do and why we do it.”
 
Track Listing for God Damn Evil:
1. Take It To The Cross
2. Sorry
3. Lost
4. God Damn Evil
5. You Don’t Even Know Me
6. The Valley
7. Sea Of Thieves
8. Beautiful
9. Can’t Live Without Your Love
10. Own Up
11. The Devil Doesn’t Live Here
 
For more information, visit www.STRYPER.com
 

Fans were initially introduced to the "God Damn Evil" album title and cover art via social media posts on February 5th, which quickly went viral causing a significant amount of conversation from STRYPER fans.
 
“We thought long and hard about this title,” says Michael in response to thousands of fan comments. “It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn't feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It's a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less."
 
God Damn Evil is the first release since the recent addition of bass player Perry Richardson, who joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar). Perry is best known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band FireHouse.
STRYPER fans are getting their first look into the upcoming album with today’s release of the epic lyric video for the song, "Take It To The Cross." View the Lyric video here: https://youtu.be/OWvdLnP8m3I
“’Take It To The Cross’ is our answer to many fans asking us to do something a little heavier and even bordering on thrash,” says Michael. “The verses are heavy with a vocal and lyric delivery that's bold and relevant yet the chorus kicks in with a fast, thrashy vibe. We brought in Matt Blanchard (Act Of Defiance / Shadows Fall) to handle the vocal growl on the choruses and the end vamp. This song is 100% high octane.”
 
Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic '80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
"God Damn Evil" is the follow-up to STRYPER’s ninth studio album, "Fallen" (Frontiers Music SRL), which was released in 2015 and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. 2016’s 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour saw record crowds and featured the band’s largest sound and lighting production in nearly two decades.
 
STRYPER will return to the road this year, kicking off the God Damn Evil World Tour in Milan, Italy on April 28th at the Frontiers Rock Festival. Tour dates will be posted as confirmed at http://www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html.
“We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society but with faith and love, we'll always have hope,” says Michael. “That's what STRYPER is all about - powerful music and a message that builds foundations, not walls. We couldn't be more excited about God Damn Evil as it showcases our undying love for what we do and why we do it.”
 
Track Listing for God Damn Evil:
1. Take It To The Cross
2. Sorry
3. Lost
4. God Damn Evil
5. You Don’t Even Know Me
6. The Valley
7. Sea Of Thieves
8. Beautiful
9. Can’t Live Without Your Love
10. Own Up
11. The Devil Doesn’t Live Here
 
For more information, visit www.STRYPER.com
 

 
Mon
04
Dec

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - MICHAEL SWEET

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 – 11 pm Est time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni, Nick Wilkinson and Jimmy Jannetty covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews,
 
This week we talked to lead singer of Stryper, Michael Sweet who recently released the second “Sweet & Lynch” album “Unified”, as well as a solo DVD coming out in 2 weeks called “Sole”
 
Michael discussed…….
**If going through a situation like Stryper did this past year, does it affect him in his other musical projects and home life
 
**if his phone started ringing off the hook when the word was out they needed a bass player
 
**they didn’t want to get into auditioning hundreds of people
 
**thoughts on the music website “Blabbermouth”
 
**the new band “Super Stroke” which is George, Mick & Jeff from Dokken with Robert Mason singing.
 
**If they approached the new Sweet & Lynch album differently from the first one
 
**He doesn’t know if there will be anymore Sweet & Lynch albums
 
**He also really doesn’t want to do another one, unless they can tour behind it
 
**He really thinks people want to hear the Sweet & Lynch band and hear the songs live
 
**He just doesn’t understand why they can’t even do a couple “one off” shows
 
**Michael as a producer and his love of it
 
**That he has been offered to produce other artists, and would love to but financially he would not be able to do it
 
**Stryper documentary they are working on, that is going to take a couple years
 
**The impact that bother Stryper & his music have had on people
**That he has met Satanist, who are Stryper fans
 
**His thoughts on the band Ghost
 
**his upcoming Michael Sweet Christmas show
 
**any plans for more solo acoustic shows
 
**the recent FB Live Stryper did, if he was afraid of possible comments from people
  
Michael hangs for 40 mins, and talks all this and more
 
You can listen to the full interview here
 
You can order the new Limited-Edition Michael Sweet DVD “Sole” off his website.
 
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Mon
05
Sep

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - MICHAEL SWEET

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 - 11 pm Est time on the Totaally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews,

This week we talked to the Michael Sweet who returns for his third appearance on Totally Driven Radio.

We talked to Michael about..

**Confirms that a 2nd Lynch Sweet album will happen in 2017
**And it will be in a heavier style of music
**His latest single off his solo album   “Radio”
**Working with Nashville music writers
**His opinion on Tommy Thayer’s comment . New music is a waste of time
**He plans to release 12 - 20 albums in the next few years
**If he asked his brother Robert & Oz Fox to be in the video for “Radio”, to show their support for him
**Have any of the Stryper guys asked, why didn’t you save that song for us
**How some rockers have been trying to turn to country music as money grab
**That he would never try to be a country artist
**It’s a hard pill for him to swallow Steven Tyler or Bret Michaels as a country artist
**30

th Anniversary tour of “To Hell with the Devil” with the old costumes
**How much their lives changed with the release of To Hell with the Devil
**His thoughts on the VMA’s
**Does the future of the music business scare him as an artist?
**How he is thankful, he has not had to get a job yet, he can still live on his music
**IN 2017 will be Solo Dates, as well as s Sweet / Lynch dates

Michael hangs out for 30 mins, and talks all these topics and more!!

You can listen to the full interview here: https://youtu.be/ZFVN5W2YFeY


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Mon
25
Jul

One On One With Mitch Lafon - MICHAEL SWEET

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET guests on Ep. 242 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

LINK TO THE INTERVIEW: http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-242-michael-sweet-stryp

In the show's only interview, STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET goes track-by-track with his fantastic new solo album One Sided War, talks about Stryper's 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour, Boston, Joel Hoekstra, working on new Stryper music as well as the second Sweet/Lynch album. Plus, we amusingly discuss what it would be like if he fronted Van Halen and much more.

ONE SIDED WAR (Track Listing):

Bizarre (video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I31Sw_654rg)
One Sided War
Can't Take This Life
Radio
Golden Age
Only You
I Am
Who Am I
You Make Me Wanna
Comfort Zone
One Way Up
Can't Take This Life (featuring Moriah Formica)
Not To Be (Japanese Bonus Track)

Quotes from the interview:

The sound of One Sided War (time 2.12): "I grew up with bands from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to Journey... On this album I really wanted to focus on the heavier side. Songs like I Am, Bizarre and Golden Age that are just straight-ahead metal."

time (3.17): "I've heard the comment thousands of times (with a sneer) from people saying, 'it's not as heavy as Stryper,' or 'it doesn't have the balls that Stryper has,' so I just wanted to put an end to those comments with this album."

Boston (48.43): "At that time, I was kind of burnt on the Stryper thing. It was refreshing to go out and do something different and I needed it. Standing on stage singing Boston songs every night was so surreal. Pinch me moments every night."

Van Halen (51.00): "If I got a call from Van Halen to go sing for Van Halen and the right circumstances... I would absolutely do it."

Online: http://www.michaelsweet.com
Twitter: @michaelhsweet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/1vg0a7NOKvHrO1xY6pk2wM
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/stryperofficial

 

 
Tue
12
Jul

Rat Pak Records Set To Release MICHAEL SWEET ‘One Sided War’

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Friday, August 26, 2016
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In what promises to be Stryper front-man Michael Sweet’s most intense solo release to date, “One Sided War” showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs from start to finish. One Sided War marks Michael’s 7th studio solo album and it clearly proves that he is still at the very top of his game! “I’ll tell you about it”, says Michael, “Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It’s a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks!”
 
Surrounding himself in the studio with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh, Michael began creating what would soon be known as “One Sided War”. Michael states “Originally I planned on showcasing my own guitar playing; I was going to do it all myself, but once I brought Joel & Ethan into the picture, things began to take a new direction and I am very happy with what we have accomplished”. Says Ethan Brosh about working with Michael, "He's one of those guys who have always been at the top of their game and has just never lost it and for me to be a part of this is very special". Joel Hoekstra comments "Michael and I actually go back to my time in Night Ranger when we opened for him when he was playing with Boston. Ever since then we've just been kind of collaborating and this is sort of a natural evolution getting to play on a few songs on his solo album".
 
The fast and furious opener “Bizarre” ignites the album’s pace with it's lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like “Can’t Take This Life”, “One Sided War”, "Golden Age", “I Am” and “Comfort Zone” keep the metal fires ablaze, while tracks like “Radio”, “One Way” and “You Make Me Wanna” bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront . “One Sided War” features only one ballad, “Who Am I?”, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael’s talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it’s a different version of the song “Can’t Take This Life”, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. If you are a fan of Michael Sweet / Stryper or a fan of classic Hard Rock & Metal in general “One Sided War” is an absolute must have, you won’t be disappointed! Official release date is August 26, 2016
 
The CD was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.
 
TRACK LISTING:
Bizarre
One Sided War
Can't Take This Life
Radio
Golden Age
Only You
I Am
Who Am I
You Make Me Wanna
Comfort Zone
One Way Up
Can't Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring  Moriah Formica)
 

 
 
Tue
12
Apr

JOEL HOEKSTRA Flags Project with MICHAEL SWEET (Stryper)

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WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra is to record an album with Stryper singer Michael Sweet.
Hoekstra announced the project on the current episode of the White Line Fever podcast, explaining he had built a strong relationship with Sweet while contributing to his solo album.

“I just got done laying down some solos for Michael Sweet’s solo album and actually he and I are also going to record a project album together that I’m going to write with him,” Hoekstra said.
“I’m doing some writing for that now and also three other things in total so I’m writing for four things total right now.
“A lot of my days are that.”

Hoekstra said he was a massive admirer of Sweet, 52, who is also an accomplished guitarist and producer.
“A lot of the guys from the scene are jaded, tired,” said Hoekstra, formerly of Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “Michael’s just a guy who’s got his life together and I think a lot of that is via how he goes about living his life on a daily basis.

“But yeah I think he is a really talented guy and a nice guy and him and I have always gotten on and wanted to work together.
“The timing didn’t work out for his last solo album so I ended up just kind of miming in a couple of the videos “I’m Not Your Suicide” and his duet with Electra Mustaine, the “Heart of Gold” cover.
“This time I got to play a little bit on the solo album and would have been happy to do much more but I think it would have been weird because we are going to do a whole album together.”

Whitesnake principle David Coverdale revealed in the wake of Deep Purple's Rock Hall induction he may retire in 2017
 
 
Tue
15
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - MICHAEL SWEET

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Monday, February 23, 2015
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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET joins Mitch on episode 203 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

Link to episode: http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-203-micheal-sweet-stryp

In the episode's only interview, Stryper's Michael Sweet discusses the band's plans for a To Hell With The Devil 30th anniversary album tour this fall, his upcoming solo album One Sided War, the upcoming acoustic Stryper album, the second Sweet & Lynch album, his desire to make an album with Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra, physical ailments that affect his band mates and him, the guilt he feels towards the other members of Stryper, Tom Werman & the Against The Law album, and a lot more.

Quotes from the MICHAEL SWEET interview:

"I'm never going to say, 'I quit'. I can't quit music. I might quit Stryper someday. That day may come sooner than we all think, but I'm never going to quit music."

"Thirty years To Hell With The Devil came out. That was the groundbreaking album for Stryper. That was the one that all others are compared too."

To Hell With The Devil: "That album was the classic Stryper sound. The classic Stryper look and everything that we were, should be, are and want to be was in that album. It was real. It came from the heart. There was nothing forced."

To Hell With The Devil: "That album is a real timeless album. If you put it on this this day, it still sounds good."

"When I put on Yellow And Black Attack it doesn't sound good to me. It just annoys me to listen to it."

Solo album One Sided War: "This is a heavy album and it's going to surprise everybody. This is as heavy as Stryper."

"I got (Whitesnake's) Joel Hoekstra on a few songs. I started doing all the solos and after a few days it all started sounding like Stryper, so I reached out to Joel."

Sweet & Lynch: "George and I have discussed another album. I would personally like to be in and recording it by the end of this year."

For more about STRYPER visit:
Online: http://www.stryper.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Stryper
TWITTER: @Stryper @michaelhsweet
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lE1ly8K8H7u8k2ej2plvv

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
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Tue
17
Nov

Noize In The Attic Podcast - MICHAEL SWEET

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2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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"You can't make an album that sounds like it's out of the 80's because you're gonna get laughed at.."
 
Michael Sweet guests on this week's Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) on 88.7FM New Haven CT.  Michael talks in depth about the new Stryper album Fallen, zealotry in their fan base, social media and so much more!
 
Hear the full episode (the interview starts at 28 minute mark)
 
 
Thu
29
Oct

One On One With Mitch Lafon - STRYPER & ELECTRIC BOYS

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2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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STRYPER vocalist MICHAEL SWEET and ELECTRIC BOYS singer CONNY BLOOM join Mitch on episode 160 of One On One with Mitch Lafon.

In our first interview, Stryper's Michael Sweet discusses the band's new album Fallen, his love for Van Halen, whether or not he regrets the band's Against The Law record, the choice of yellow and black, Slayer, a second Sweet & Lynch CD, progress on his new solo album and more.

Quotes from the interview:

On Van Halen: "I'm one of the biggest Van Halen fans going. I would love to get behind the board (of course co-producing with Eddie) and help them get back to their roots. I know they've got it in them."

More Van Halen: "I'm a fan of the first four albums. To me, those had the fire and had the passion and I just don't hear that on A Different Kind Of Truth. I just don't."

Capturing the classic Stryper sound: "When I started writing and thinking more along the lines of Stryper of old. I started getting this passion and this excitement level that I haven't had in years."

Stryper's Against The Law album: "It doesn't sound like classic Stryper to me."

For more about about MICHAEL SWEET visit:
Online: http://www.michaelsweet.com & http://www.stryper.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Stryper & http://www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet
Twitter: @Stryper & @michaelhsweet

Our second interview is with ELECTRIC BOYS frontman CONNY BLOOM - he talks about the band's Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 25th Anniversary Tour, working with a new drummer, the recently released deluxe edition of the band's Starflight United album, his current solo album campaign on Pledge Music and more.

Quotes from the interview:

On a new Electric Boys album: "We've recorded some ideas, but there's no plan as to when we're going to record it."

On a new Conny Bloom solo album: "I'm in the process of mixing one and the fun thing - it's in Swedish. The songs are pretty cool. It's closer to Jimi Hendrix than modern Aerosmith."

For more about Conny Bloom visit:
Online: http://www.electricboys.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/electricboys
Twitter: @ConnyBloom2015 & @TheElectricBoys

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
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Wed
28
Oct

Multi-Platinum Rock Band STRYPER Tops US Charts with 'Fallen'

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2015
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The most critically acclaimed album of the band's 32-year career sells over 10,000 copies in the first week in the US and lands at:
 
#2 on Top Hard Music Albums
#2 on Top Contemporary Christian Albums
#2 on Billboard's Top Christian/Gospel Albums
#5 on Top Current Rock Albums
#20 on Top Current Physical Albums
#26 on Top Current Albums
#29 on Top Current Digital Albums
#44 on the Billboard Top 200
 
With the October 16th release of their ninth studio album, Fallen, Stryper continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene. The Frontiers Music SRL release sold over 10,000 copies in the US during the first week of release landing at #2 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, #2 on the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart, #2 on Billboard's Top Christian/Gospel Albums, #5 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart, #20 on the Top Current Physical Albums chart, #26 on the Top Current Albums chart, #29 on the Top Current Digital Albums chart and #44 on the Billboard Top 200.

In addition, Fallen soared to #1 on the iTunes Top Metal Albums chart and #3 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart immediately upon release. Stryper's latest studio effort consists of 12 songs showcasing the musicianship that has garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and Christian market for three full decades.

"We are truly blessed to still be making music 32 years into our careers, music that relates and speaks to our fans worldwide,' says frontman and album producer, Michael Sweet. 'We strive to outdo ourselves with each release and hopefully we've done that with Fallen. Here's to 32 more years!"

32 years after exploding onto the rock scene ' and MTV ' Stryper has delivered their most critically acclaimed release to date. The Associated Press recently decreed, "If this were 1986, this album would easily sell 2 million copies. But it's not, and that's a shame, because 2 million people need to hear how good this album is." Metal Onslaught Magazine recently raved in their first ever 10 out of 10 review, 'Like a fine wine Stryper have improved over time and have become legends in the metal genre,' and CCM Magazine declared, 'Arguably the most game-changing Christian rock band in history, Stryper continues to excel with a steady stream of new music that fits right alongside a ten million-album selling catalogue.'

The music video for the single, 'Pride,' premiered exclusively at Billboard.com and can be seen here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6730798/stryper-pride-video-premiere-fallen-album-exclusive

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Rocking since 1984, the band is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously with their hits 'Free' and 'Honestly.' After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

Unlike many of their counterparts, Stryper is comprised of all four original members with Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Oz Fox on guitar, Tim Gaines on bass and Robert Sweet on drums.

For more information, visit www.stryper.com.

 
Fri
16
Oct

STRYPER - Fallen (Review)

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Produced By: 
Michael Sweet
Running Time: 
52
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
What I want to know is who lit a fuse under Michael Sweet to inspire such a creative flourish? In the last few years we’ve had a Stryper covers album, a re-recordings set, a live album, Sweet’s own solo album, the Sweet & Lynch epic and now we are on to the latest studio album, which comes after the band’s acclaimed No More Hell To Pay.
Fallen takes up where that album left off and continues the evolution of Stryper, surely now one of the most credible hard rock outfits in the world, not just of the Christian rock scene.
It’s hard, it’s fast, it’s energetic and it’s also enthusiastic in spirit.
From the opening chords, the album (produced by Sweet himself) defines the Stryper sound as melodic, yet in your face and fueled by a guitar driven energy.
The positive lyrics and Christian themes don’t overshadow a strong musical performance and a rawer, heavier production style.
 
Yahweh is an absolute belter to open the account. Big riffs, bigger vocals and a stomping heavy beat driving this soaring semi-progressive hard rocker. Without being overly commercial, it’s a catchy tune. One of Stryper’s heaviest ever songs.
Fallen seems to take the foot off the pedal after a ferocious intro. But the mid-tempo groove gives way to another big catchy chorus with Michael Sweet singing like man possessed (in the good sense!)
Pride is another thumping rock track with a solid groove and a screaming chorus.
Big Screen Lies is the catchiest chorus of the album thus far. It rolls along nicely, a little less intense than the opening metal salvo.
Heaven has a slow to mid-tempo beat, but a very melodic guitar hook and chorus. A good mid-album circuit breaker.
Love You Like I Do is a cool melodic mid-tempo commercial rocker with a great hook and a tasty guitar solo that takes me back to the golden era of melodic hard rock.
All Over Again is the first ballad of the album and sees the acoustic guitars dusted off to help create a stirring commercial rock ballad.
The Black Sabbath cover After Forever rocks hard and fast and thumps along at a great rate before slotting into a bluesy groove and back again. This is heavy, aggressive, raw rock n roll with a really cool vocal.
Till I Get What I Need follows a similar path – fast, free flowing and rocking hard, and again with that heavy groove! Great little chorus with some harmony vocals making even better.
Let There Be Light is a slow, moody hard rocker that launches into a faster, harmony filled chorus that makes the track another album highlight.
The Calling is simply put – a short, sharp, commercial hard rocker with definite appeal.
King Of Kings closes the album with another hard edged thumping rock track. The chorus is one of the best of the album, ending this 50 minute sonic blast with a bang.

This is really a very well balanced album. Power to melody; rockers to moodier numbers and lead vocals to harmonies; all in balance.
Another very accomplished piece of work from main man Michael Sweet and band. As primary songwriter and producer, Sweet’s vision has come together perfectly and Stryper fans will simply love this latest addition to the band’s now considerable catalogue.

 

Score: 
94
 
Fri
02
Oct

STRYPER - Fallen (Track By Track)

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Release Year: 
2015
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The effervescent STRYPER continue the wild ride their recent career has given fans with a new studio album Fallen.
And what an album it is.
 
Here is a Track By Track run down of what to expect:
 
 
Yahweh is an absolute belter to open the account. Big riffs, bigger vocals and a stomping heavy beat driving this soaring semi-progressive hard rocker.
 
Fallen seems to take the foot off the pedal after a ferocious intro. But the mid-tempo groove gives way to another big catchy chorus with Michael Sweet singing like man possessed (in the good sense!)
 
Pride is another thumping rock track with a solid groove and a screaming chorus.
 
Big Screen Lies is the catchiest chorus of the album thus far. It rolls along nicely, a little less intense than the opening metal salvo.
 
Heaven has a slow to mid-tempo beat, but a very melodic guitar hook and chorus. A good mid-album circuit breaker.
 
Love You Like I Do is a cool melodic mid-tempo commercial rocker with a great hook and a tasty guitar solo that takes me back to the golden era of melodic hard rock.
 
All Over Again is the first ballad of the album and sees the acoustic guitars dusted off to help create a stirring commercial rock ballad.
 
After Forever rocks hard and fast and thumps along at a great rate before slotting into a bluesy groove and back again. This is heavy, aggressive, raw rock n roll with a really cool vocal.
 
Till I Get What I Need follows a similar path – fast, free flowing and rocking hard, and again with that groove! Great little chorus with some harmony vocals making even better.
 
Let There Be Light is a slow, moody hard rocker that launches into a faster, harmony filled chorus that makes the track another highlight.
 
The Calling is simply put – a short, sharp, commercial hard rocker with definite appeal.
 
King Of Kings closes the album with another hard edged thumping rock track. The chorus is one of the best of the album, ending this 50 minute sonic blast with a bang.
 
Great stuff Styper!
Full review to follow…
 

 

 
Thu
16
Jul

THE V - Now Or Never (Review)

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content: 
Again
L.O.V.E
Line In The Sand
Love Should Be To Blame
Starshine
Produced By: 
John Herrera, Kenny Lewis, Michael Sweet
Running Time: 
46
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Having shown a pretty strong dislike for the Benedictum albums and an even stronger dislike for frontwoman Veronica Freeman’s scream powered vocals, I had absolutely zero interest in The V – Ms Freeman’s debut solo outing. Expectations dare I say, were even lower.
So imagine my surprise to find a rather enjoyable, beautifully sung melodic hard rock (and slightly metal) album right here.
After checking I was playing the right CD, I sat back and took in the “melodic” side of Veronica’s persona and really enjoyed it.
 
Now or Never features a huge array of special guests, including Pete Wells, Aric Avina and Rikard Stjernquist of Benedictum, Michael Sweet (Stryper), Garry Bordonaro (The Rods), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Jerry Dixon (Warrant) and more.
 
A strong musical performance and a solid production are immediately noticeable, but what makes it most enjoyable are the lead vocals.
Naturally there are some big metal moments, where the aggression and power are front and center (Again, Ready To Run, King For A Day – featuring Tony Martin on vocals), but the beauty of this album is the range displayed.
There’s groove (Now Or Never, Kiss My Lips), punky hard rock (Rollercoaster), melodic hard rock (L.O.V.E, Line In The Sand, Love Should Be To Blame) and even a track that could be described as AOR (Starshine).

This won’t have me looking forward to a new Benedictum album, but I will certainly hope to see a sequel to The V at some point in the future and commend Veronica Freeman for trying something a little different and pulling it off successfully.
While the continuing change in musicians from track to track do cause some variations in sound and production throughout the album, the songs (mostly written by Freeman and Wells, but including tracks from Nigel Bailey, Vince O’Regan and two from Michael Sweet) and the vocals are the glue that holds this together.
 
Score: 
85
 
Fri
26
Jun

STRYPER's Epic 'Fallen' Artwork Revealed

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Friday, October 16, 2015
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It is time for all the Stryper fans out there to get psyched as we will be unleashing their new album, FALLEN on October 16th! The first song from the album, "Yahweh" will be released the week of July 6th!
In the meantime, enjoy the awesome artwork for the album!
"We are so excited about our new album, "Fallen"! We always try to outdo ourselves and take things to a new level with each release. We could not be more pleased with the way this project turned out and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to start giving you sneak peeks at music in the very near future as we begin the countdown to 10/16! Love & Respect to all our friends/fans worldwide!!"Michael Sweet
 
Tue
03
Feb

One On One With Mitch Lafon - STRYPER

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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STRYPER frontman MICHAEL SWEET joins Mitch on this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON. In this exclusive interview, Michael discusses his new Sweet & Lynch album Only To Rise, collaborating with George Lynch, producing, the current work being done on the next new Stryper album including the songs: 'Let There Be Light', 'Fallen' and 'Big Screen Lies', talks about Guns N' Roses Axl Rose, his time with BOSTON, Tom Scholz and much more.

This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra.

For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13

For more about Michael Sweet visit: http://www.michaelsweet.com and http://www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet

For more about Sweet & Lynch visit: http://www.facebook.com/SweetLynch

Follow Michael on TWITTER: @michaelhsweet  and Stryper: @Stryper

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Thu
22
Jan

SWEET & LYNCH - Only To Rise (Review)

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Produced By: 
Michael Sweet
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Categories: 
 
You could spend a week discussing the musical heritage and history of Michael Sweet and George Lynch alone, but then there’s also bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy to consider. So in the interest of time, I’ll presume everyone reading this is well aware of the accomplishments of all these great folk. It’s actually almost unbelievable they are gathered on the one record.
 
Unlike some other cobbled together supergroups or all-star projects, when Michael Sweet was pitched this idea, he loved it so much he took over completely - asking to produce the album as well as co-writing the 12 tracks with guitarist Lynch.
And that’s what makes this album gel so well and why this works – the songs are all written in-house and therefore are a true representative mix of both artists’ attributes and influences.
It is a great mix of Sweet and Stryper’s recent melodic hard rock output with that classic Lynch Mob groove-n-sleaze.
 
The first 4 tracks are especially inspiring. The pump of The Wish and the groove and chorus of Like A Dying Rose, then the rock ballad Love Stays and the groovy free flowing Time Will Tell - all catchy tunes and all impressive representation of the talents involved.
Other highlights include the atmospheric slow burner Me Without You; the fast moving rock-n-groove of Recover; the moody September and the darker, rhythm driven Hero-Zero.
The album finishes with an old school melodic metal track Only To Rise.
 

A hard rocking album from start to finish, which I’m very impressed with. Production is well suited for the style of the music and most impressive of all is the fact all songs were co-written by Lynch and Sweet for this new partnership.
On the basis of the quality of what has been delivered here, fans enthusiastic reaction and plans to tour this mean this is one star project that looks set to go the distance.
One of my favourite releases from both main participants. 
Score: 
92
 
Mon
15
Dec

SWEET & LYNCH - Only To Rise (Showcase)

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Only To Rise
Produced By: 
Michael Sweet
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
SWEET & LYNCH is a brand new band centered around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of  Christian hard rockers STRYPER and iconic guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, ex DOKKEN) along with bassist James Lomenzo (ex MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (ex WHITESNAKE).

“SWEET & LYNCH was born as the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, President of Frontiers Music”, recalls Sweet. “He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it and co-wrote the songs with George”, continues the singer. Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo were then called in to complete the lineup. Now a complete a band, plans are being formulated to rehearse and book a tour to play the music included on this amazing debut album “Only to Rise” to the fans in a live setting.

“It’s an incredible combination of classic 70’s and 80’s”, tells Michael Sweet. “You will hear some flavors of Journey, Bad Company, Dokken, Van Halen and Stryper. James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really delivered... The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the studio playing together and we were not. Basically, George wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. Then Brian and James came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it back to George to add the guitars."

The combination of Sweet’s powerful, crystal clear vocals and Lynch’s unmatched guitar tone, provide the force and drive that the album needed. The result is truly a “state of the art” Hard Rock album, with fabulous melodies played to perfection.
An absolute must for all fans of Sweet and Lynch's musical stylings!

SWEET & LYNCH
Michael Sweet – lead vocals, guitars
George Lynch – lead guitars
James Lomenzo – bass guitar
Brian Tichy - drums

 
Wed
03
Dec

SWEET & LYNCH Premiere Video For 'The Wish' From Their Upcoming Debut

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Categories: 
 
 
SWEET & LYNCH PREMIERE VIDEO FOR
'THE WISH' FROM THEIR UPCOMING DEBUT
ONLY TO RISE
 
Album Slated for Release in January via Frontiers Music SRL
 
Exclusive Pre-Order Available via PledgeMusic at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch
 
Sweet & Lynch
are releasing the first official video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the album opener 'The Wish' and premiered on Ultimate Classic Rock. The video shows Michael Sweet and George Lynch performing the song together amongst imagery that corresponds with the song's lyrics. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly to name a few. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/jmmolV-B7xE or click on the image below.

 

 
 
'After almost a year of talking about the Sweet & Lynch album we're extremely proud to premiere the first music video, 'The Wish,' states Michael Sweet. 'The song takes you back to a time when guitar heroes ruled the airwaves and melodies soared. The thought was to bring back the late 70's/early 80's with a modern twist and remind people of one of the best eras in hard rock/metal.'
 
Only To Rise is scheduled for release on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in the United States via Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian TichySweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch. The album is also available via Amazon at: http://geni.us/SweetLynchAMZ.
 
'George and I are proud of how this album turned out and we're counting the days for the release,' adds Sweet. 'We're equally as proud of the fan base out there. So many people have been there through thick and thin and this album is a testimony to the perseverance of working hard and working even harder.  George, Brian, James and myself gave 110% to every note played and sung and we hope that it shows.'
 
From the opening notes of 'The Wish' to the drum solo finish on the album-closer 'Only To Rise,' it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet's unmistakable voice and George Lynch's signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs 'Dying Rose,' 'Me Without You' and 'Strength In Numbers' showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track 'September' which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/i5G5uzrYWXw. An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: http://youtu.be/BPYIoe0fTqIOnly To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.
 
Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.
 
https://www.facebook.com/SweetLynch
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch
http://www.frontiers.it
 

 

 

 
Tue
25
Nov

STRYPER - Live At The Whisky (Review)

Produced By: 
Stryper
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Categories: 
 
Yet another live CD/DVD release on the market here, with Stryper the next cab off the rank.
The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of No More Hell To Pay, the band’s most recent (and well received) release.
The show is set in the intimate setting of LA’s famous Whiskey club, meaning the crowd, the stage, the cameras and the amps are all packed in. There’s not much room to move up there on stage, but the band lets the music do the talking.
 
The audio capture is ok – not the best I have ever heard, but far from the worst also. At least the band is truly live up there and not relying on overdubs.
 
Material comes from across the band’s catalogue and the new album, plus that blazing cover of Jesus Is Just Alright complete with some tasteful shredding by Michael Sweet – the guy is an underrated guitarist!
The DVD of Live At The Whisky also contains the music video for “No More Hell To Pay” and “Sympathy” from their latest album No More Hell To Pay plus an interview segment.
 
 

A disc and a DVD for a fair price is good value for fans and I have no doubt most Stryper fans will have already run out and scored a copy of this. If not – it’s a safe bet folks.

 

Score: 
86
 
Mon
17
Nov

MICHAEL SWEET To Perform Rare Holiday Show in Plymouth

Artist: 
Friday, December 19, 2014
Categories: 
 
Stryper front man to perform rare, holiday solo show in Plymouth
 
Michael Sweet, front man of the multi-platinum, Christian rock band Stryper, is performing a rare, holiday solo concert at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, Mass., on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Stryper classics, songs from his solo career, and popular Christmas carols to get you ready for the holiday season.
 
With a career and repertoire spanning over three decades, Sweet has fronted one of the most trailblazing groups of the MTV generation, written a stable of Billboard charting singles, filled arenas all the world over, said goodbye at the peak of it all, took stock in a thriving solo career, got Stryper back together for yet another record breaking run and even took a stint co-leading one of the most legendary classic rock acts ever, Boston, from 2007 to 2011.
 
Musically speaking, Sweet is coming off yet another creative high in the Stryper camp thanks to its 2013’s return to form record No More Hell To Pay. Besides making an instantaneous Top 40 debut on the Billboard 200, it landed at #2 on the Top Christian Albums charts, #3 on Top Hard Rock Albums and #6 on Top Rock Albums. It’s certainly a testament to the band’s perseverance, whetting the public’s appetite all the more for Sweet’s I’m Not Your Suicide, which may technically be the follow-up to 2007’s individual offering Touched, but is actually the singer/songwriter’s first full-length original album since 2000’s Truth.
 
For this special intimate show at The Spire, Sweet will take you on a journey throughout his musical career, performing songs and sharing stories in an unforgettable evening of stellar musicianship.
 
The Spire is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue features superior acoustics, custom state of the art lighting and sound systems, and original period architectural details, offering patrons an exceptional performing arts experience.
 
Advance tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com or through the venue’s website, spirecenter.org.
 

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