Stryper - 'Live At The Whisky'                                        (CD/DVD)

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THE BAND:

Michael Sweet: Lead vocals, guitar
Oz Fox: Vocals, guitars
Tim Gaines: Bass, vocals
Robert Sweet: drums



SET LIST:
CD:

1.) "Legacy" - From the CD 'No More Hell To Pay' released on November5, 2013.
2.) "Marching Into Battle" - From the CD 'No More Hell To Pay' released on November5, 2013.
3.) "You Know What To Do" - From the CD 'The Yellow and Black Attack' released on July 21, 1984.
4.) "Loud N' Clear" - From the CD 'The Yellow and Black Attack' released on July 21, 1984.
5.) "Reach Out" - From the CD 'Soldiers Under Command' released on May 15, 1985.
6.) "Calling On You" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
7.) "Free" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
8.) "More Than A Man" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
9.) "The Rock That Makes Me Roll" - From the CD 'Soldiers Under Command' released on May 15, 1985.
10.) "No More Hell To Pay" - From the CD 'No More Hell To Pay' released on November5, 2013.
11.) "Jesus Is Just Alright" - (Cover of the classic Dobbie Brothers hit.)
12.) "Always There For You" -From the CD 'In God We Trust' released on June 28, 1988.
13.) "All For One" - From the CD 'Against The Law' released on August 21, 1990.
14.) "The Way" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
15.) "To Hell With The Devil" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
16.) "Soldiers Under Command" - From the CD 'Soldiers Under Command' released on May 15, 1985.


DVD:
1.) "Legacy" - From the CD 'No More Hell To Pay' released on November5, 2013.
2.) "Marching Into Battle" - From the CD 'No More Hell To Pay' released on November5, 2013.
3.) "You Know What To Do" - From the CD 'The Yellow and Black Attack' released on July 21, 1984.
4.) "Loud N' Clear" - From the CD 'The Yellow and Black Attack' released on July 21, 1984.
5.) "Reach Out" - From the CD 'Soldiers Under Command' released on May 15, 1985.
6.) "Calling On You" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
7.) "Free" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
8.) "More Than A Man" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
9.) "The Rock That Makes Me Roll" - From the CD 'Soldiers Under Command' released on May 15, 1985.
10.) "No More Hell To Pay" - From the CD 'No More Hell To Pay' released on November5, 2013.
11.) "Jesus Is Just Alright" - (Cover of the classic Dobbie Brothers hit.)
12.) "Always There For You" -From the CD 'In God We Trust' released on June 28, 1988.
13.) "All For One" - From the CD 'Against The Law' released on August 21, 1990.
14.) "The Way" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
15.) "To Hell With The Devil" - From the CD 'To Hell With The Devil' released on October 24, 1986.
16.) "Soldiers Under Command" - From the CD 'Soldiers Under Command' released on May 15, 1985.
                   Bonus Material:
1.) "No More Hell To Pay" (Videoclip)
2.) "Sympathy" (Videoclip)
3.) Nashville All Access (Interview)

 

     The name "Stryper" derives from the King James Version of the Bible.  "But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."  The reference, Isaiah 53:5, is frequently included as part of their logo. Stryper's drummer, Robert Sweet, also created a backronym for their name: "salvation through redemption, yielding peace, encouragement and righteousness."
     The Sweet brothers first became Christians in 1975, but began to pull away from this faith. The Sweet brothers rejoined the church after their friend Kenny Metcalf (their first tour keyboardist) persuaded them to do so.
     Inspired by bands such as Van Halen, but distressed by their message, they sought to form a band that would extol their worldview and beliefs.  Stryper was originally known as Roxx Regime and composed of brothers Michael Sweet on lead vocals and lead guitar and Robert Sweet on drums. Eric Johnson played bass. They were originally a trio. Oz Fox eventually joined the band.  Before Oz Fox joined the band, a number of guitarists almost joined Roxx Regime, including Doug Aldrich and C.C. DeVille. The name "Stryper" was adopted when bassist Tim Gaines joined the band and the label urged the band to change its name. The Bible scripture, from a passage in Isaiah 53:5, "By His stripes we are healed" became part of the band's logo. Shortly afterward, they released the EP 'The Yellow and Black Attack' on July 21, 1984. During this period, Stryper opened for bands like Ratt and Bon Jovi, leading some fans and critics to claim that they were not a true Christian band. Stryper's first full-length album, 'Soldiers Under Command', released on May 15, 1985, was the band's first gold record. Capitalizing on this unexpected success, and in an attempt to make up for the EP's extremely limited release (fewer than 200,000 copies), their record label, Enigma, re-released 'The Yellow and Black Attack' on August 10, 1986 with two new tracks and new cover art.
     Stryper's third album, To Hell with the Devil, was released on October 24, 1986 and went platinum after spending three months on Billboard's album charts, eventually selling more than 2 million copies. In addition to being Stryper's most successful record, it was both the first contemporary Christian music and Christian metal album to achieve this feat.  "Calling on You", "Free" and "Honestly" were hugely popular MTV hits in 1987—so much so, that "Free" and "Honestly" both became most-requested songs on the show Dial MTV. They were also the second Christian band to get any airplay on MTV, Degarmo & Key having been the first with their song "666." "Honestly" is Stryper's highest-charting song, peaking at No. 23 on the Top 40 charts.  The album received a Grammy Award nomination. Michael Sweet is the band's primary songwriter and has written most of the band's material throughout the years. He is also currently the band's producer.
     Bassist Tim Gaines did not participate in the recording of 'To Hell With The Devil', and for a short period of time prior to the release of the record he was replaced by Matt Hurich. Hurich was not with the band more than a month, although he was outfitted with a yellow and black striped bass and a racing costume. Brad Cobb played bass on the album.  However, when the promotional photos for the album were being shot, Gaines returned to the band and subsequently participated in its successful world tour. In 1987 the band headlined the Dynamo Open Air Festival in the Netherlands.  There is one 'To Hell With The Devil' promotional photo of the band with Matt Hurich that was used in print advertisements. Prior to his time in Stryper, Hurich was in Leatherwolf. In 1989 he performed with his Stryper bass in the group Divine Right, which featured Kevin Brandow (Petra) on lead vocals and guitar.
     In the summer of 1986, Kenny Metcalf left touring with Stryper and Brent Jeffers replaced Kenny Metcalf on keyboards and toured with Stryper until 1990.
    Their next album, 'In God We Trust', released on June 28, 1988, also went gold, and the song "Always There for You" briefly entered the lower levels of the pop charts, peaking at No. 71 despite it being another massive hit on MTV. However, the sound of the album was more pop-oriented than previous releases and a number of critics, as well as Stryper fans, criticized the record for being over-produced. In addition, the image of the band was moving even closer to the glam metal look of the era, giving fans something else to criticize. These factors led to lower sales, and the album spent only five weeks charting on Billboard.  The second single and video, "I Believe in You", peaked at No. 88 and a third single "Keep the Fire Burning" failed to chart at all. As with the previous album, Tim Gaines did not participate in the recording (Brad Cobb once again played bass) but later rejoined the group for another world tour. In God We Trust also garnered two GMA Dove Awards for "Hard Music Album" and "Hard Music Song" for the title track.
     On August 21, 1990, Stryper released the controversial album 'Against the Law', which drastically changed the band's image and lyrical message.  While their earlier albums all had yellow and black colors in the covers and the lyrics spoke of God and salvation, 'Against the Law' featured, the band with black leather clothes and with no mention of the word "God" in the lyrics at all.  The band's musical sound was also heavier, closer to classic metal.  Drummer Robert Sweet said that the change of image and sound was in response to the criticism of the previous album and an attempt to leave behind their glam metal image. The album sold poorly. This was partly due to rumors in the press (both mainstream and Christian) that Stryper's music was trending towards a more mainstream sound as their Christian faith weakened.  Fans wondered why they covered the 1975 Earth Wind & Fire's "Shining Star". The video for it would not be a hit on MTV, the first Stryper video that was not. Two other videos followed for "Two Time Woman" and "Lady" which generated minimal airplay. However, many critics still considered the album to be Stryper's best musical production to date.

     On July 20, 1991, after being signed to Hollywood Records, Stryper released a greatest hits collection called Can't Stop the Rock, which featured two new songs. One of which was the Gulf War inspired "Believe". The band continued to tour until February 1992, when frontman Michael Sweet departed the band citing artistic differences and to pursue a solo career.
    Stryper continued as a trio for several European dates. Sometime during this period while touring with the Christian band Bride, Dale Thompson filled in at vocals. It was during one of the concerts that Robert Sweet unexpectedly announced that Bride's frontman Dale Thompson was going to be their new lead singer. This, however, was later denied by Thompson. Upon returning to the United States, the remaining members decided to go their separate ways and were never able to recapture success without Michael Sweet.
    Michael Sweet signed with Benson Records in 1993 and released his first solo effort in 1994. It went on to sell 300,000 units, achieve five No. 1 Christian CHR hit singles and three No. 1 rock singles. Michael Sweet has released multiple solo records which were hugely successful in the Christian music market.
    Oz Fox and Tim Gaines formed their own band, SinDizzy, and released the album He's Not Dead in 1998. Drummer Robert Sweet played in several bands, among them Blissed, who released an album in 2002. Other bands include King James, dbeality, Final Axe, and The Seventh Power.
     The former members of Stryper first reunited in 1999, when Michael Sweet and SinDizzy were invited to play at a summer rock festival in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. As an encore, Sweet joined Oz Fox and Tim Gaines on stage and played several Stryper songs. Later, in 2000, the first "Stryper Expo" was held in New Jersey, and for the first time in 8 years the complete line-up of Stryper took the stage. That same year, a concert was held in Costa Rica at which the four members played together. A second "Stryper Expo" took place in Los Angeles in 2001.
    Hollywood Records asked the former members of Stryper to record tracks for a new greatest hits compilation in 2003 '7: The Best of Stryper'. The compilation was released with two new songs, "Something" and "For You", marking Stryper's first new music since the early 1990s. A tour followed in support. The band played 36 shows in the United States and finished the tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A live album, titled 7 Weeks: Live in America, 2003, was released the following year, and the concert in Puerto Rico was filmed for a live DVD produced and directed by Jack Edward Sawyers. However, that show in Puerto Rico proved to be the last for the original line-up of Stryper. Gaines and the band parted ways in 2004 before they were slated to play Disney's Night of Joy in Orlando. Michael's bassist on his previous solo tours, Tracy Ferrie, replaced him.
     After the "Night of Joy" show and with new found energy, Stryper decided to go back into the studio to record a new CD, 'Reborn' and another tour followed in the fall of 2004.
     Stryper's next album, 'Reborn', was released on August 16, 2005, and was the band's first full-length CD of original material in 15 years. The CD was produced by Michael Sweet. The new album received a positive response from fans and critics, some of whom labeled 'Reborn' as one of the best albums of that year.  With a more modern sound incorporating aspects of alternative rock and grunge, along with fewer guitar solos, the new record updates their style while keeping the Stryper identity. All songs from 'Reborn were written by Michael Sweet.  The lyrics also have returned to the band's familiar themes of God and salvation.
     In 2006, the band released the DVD Greatest Hits: Live in Puerto Rico with Music Video Distributors. Stryper was scheduled to open for extreme thrash metal band Slayer, headlining in Mexico. A few months later, Slayer pulled out of the Mexican tour and cancelled their headline for personal reasons.
     In November 2006, Stryper announced new management. They also announced a follow-up to Reborn tentatively due in spring/summer 2007. However, that February saw lead singer Michael Sweet postponing the release of the new album two days before its recording was to begin. Sweet's wife Kyle had been diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, and the new album was put on hold so that he could care for his family and ailing wife. She underwent surgery and treatment from February 14 to July 14. In April 2008, Kyle announced that her cancer had returned as of October 2007. The new album was in the mixing stage as of January 2008, and Sweet said that it should be released in July or August.
     Michael Sweet performed with the band Boston in 2007 and was asked to join the band as co-lead vocalist and guitarist and toured with Boston in 2008 with Styx as the opening act.
     On March 5, 2009, Michael Sweet's wife, Kyle, died from cancer.[18] Murder by Pride was released on July 21, 2009; with the lead single "Peace of Mind" preceding it.
     Since late 2008, Tim Gaines has played bass in concert with Tourniquet. The band has since added the song "To Hell With The Devil" to their set list to highlight Tim's involvement. Oz Fox even joined Tourniquet on stage in Germany to perform the same song.
     It was announced on July 13, 2010, that The Covering would be the name of Stryper's latest album, tentatively scheduled for release October 13 from Big3 Records/Sony. The album, produced by Michael Sweet, is a collection of twelve cover songs from bands that inspired Stryper and helped to shape the band's sound and musical identity, including past hits from Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Kansas and many others. The Covering also includes "God", a new original recording. On September 14, 2010, it was announced that the album's first single, a cover of Black Sabbath's hit "Heaven and Hell", was available for download on iTunes. The album was released on February 15, 2011.
     The band signed a deal with Frontiers Records and released a new album on March 26 titled Second Coming.[20] The album features fourteen classic songs re-recorded as well as two new songs. Stryper began work on their new all original studio album in January 2013. The album, 'No More Hell To Pay', was completed on May 29, 2013 and was released on November 5, through Frontiers Records.

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     'Live At The Whisky', the new live CD/DVD package released from Christian metal band Stryper, was recorded at the famed Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard in October of 2013.  The show was filmed while the band was on tour in support of their 2013 release titled 'No More Hell To Pay'.  The band includes original members, Michael Sweet (lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Tim Gaines (bass, backing vocals) who re-united in 1999.  The setlist the band chose that night consisted of sixteen live songs covering every release from their thirty-year career except songs from 'Reborn', 'Murder By Pride' and 'The Covering'.  The DVD includes the sixteen live songs plus video clips for the songs "No More Hell To Play" and "Sympathy". It also consisted of an interview with the band.
     When you go to see a band such as Stryper there are certain expectations the band must live up to.  There is a lot more pressure on the band.  First off they have to make sure their performance is top notch.  Then because the band is mainly catering to a certain type fan base, they have to worry about that fan base and faith.
     When watching the DVD portion of the release one of the first things you will noticed is the signature Stryper sound is still intact.  The Michael and Oz trademark twin lead guitar solos, Michael's towering lead vocals, all being tied together with Robert and Timothy's rhythm grooves.  All sweetened by Stryper's memorable melody lines, great hooks, anthem style choruses and textured backing vocal harmonies.  From what I watched on the DVD the only difference between then and now is back then the band was playing in bigger venues. The truth about Stryper is they were excellent performers then as well as now!  The biggest difference between the CD and DVD is that there's more between the songs banter from Michael on the DVD, creating a more complete concert experience with more audience/performer interaction.  You also get the occasional visual moment that is meaningless on the audio CD.  A perfect example is the tossing of the Bibles into the crowd.  This is something that has been a band staple and crowd favorite.  The concert runs about seventy-five minutes.

     If this release had been audio only I would probably be telling you just to pass it.  However, because it also includes the live DVD than it should definitely be on your buyers list!!!!