Tour kicks off May 10th
Chart-topping rock band Stryper will return to the road in May for the 2019 History Tour — Greatest Hits & Covers that influenced our generation. The all-new History Tour 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 & 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!”
Stryper consists of original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), as well as bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of the multi-platinum band Firehouse) who joined the group in 2018.
Exclusive meet & greet packages will be available in most cities. Fans will have the option of purchasing either a Standard Meet & Greet Package or VIP History Tour Meet & Greet Package. Both meet & greet packages include an opportunity to meet the band, get autographs, take photos with the guys and receive exclusive one-of-a-kind merchandise. However, the VIP History Meet & Greet Package (limited to six fans per city) offers additional merchandise options and a stage tour (hold Michael’s guitar, photo in front of Robert’s drum kit, overview of gear with Stryper crew member).
Stryper continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene with the their critically-acclaimed tenth studio album, God Damn Evil – released in 2018 via Frontiers Music srl. Rocking since 1984, Stryper is responsible for such classic 80’s 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.” To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over ten million records worldwide.
More dates to be announced.
Throughout 2019, the group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its website. Earlier this year, it kicked off the celebration with the Roxx Regime Demos on limited edition colored vinyl. Amazingly they sold out in under three days, and due to popular demand, the group has issued the project on CD with bonus tracks. As with the vinyl edition, production will be limited to only 1,000 copies. The CD will also include a special collectible guitar pick made just for this release.
Stryper 2019 History Tour:
May 10 — The Firmament — Greenville, SC
May 11 — Union Jack’s — Annapolis, MD
May 13 — Beachland Ballroom — Cleveland, OH
May 14 — The Token Lounge — Westland, MI
May 15 — The Rockpile West — Toronto, Ontario
May 17 — Gramercy Theatre — New York, NY
May 18 — The Chance — Poughkeepsie, NY
May 19 — The Paramount — Huntington, NY
May 21 — Chameleon Club — Lancaster, PA
May 22 — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille — Warrendale, PA
May 24 — Bogarts — Cincinnati, OH
May 25 — Mercury Ballroom — Louisville, KY
May 26 — The Lerner Theatre — Elkhart, IN
May 29 — Vinyl Music Hall — Pensacola, FL
May 31 — Warehouse Live — Houston, TX
June 1 — Magic Springs Theme Water Park — Hot Springs, AR
June 2 — Graceland Sound Stage — Memphis, TN
June 5 — House of Blues — New Orleans, LA
June 8 — The Masquerade — Atlanta, GA
June 13 — Paparazzi OBX — Kitty Hawk, NC
June 14 — Phase 2 — Lynchburg, VA
June 15 — Roanoke Rapids Theater — Roanoke Rapids, NC
July 17 — Rock Fest 2019 — Cadott, WI
July 18 — Arcada Theater — St. Charles, IL
July 20 — Roar on the Shore Bike Week — Erie, PA
Sept 7 — Teatro al Aire Libre — La Paz, Bolivia*
Sept 10 — CC. Festiva — Lima, Peru*
Sept 12 — Teatro Caupolicán — Santiago, Chile*
Sept 14 — Tropical Butanta — Sao Paulo, Brazil*
Sept 15 — Circo Voador — Rio de Janiero, Brazil*
Sept 17 — Toinha Brasil Show — Brasilia, Brazil*
Sept 19 — Mister Rock BH — Belo Horizonte, Brazil*
Sept 21 — El Teatro Flores — Buenos Aires, Argentina*
*The South America dates are not part of the History Tour (no covers).
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