Growing up in the 1980’s I was treated in my opinion to some of the best rock music ever produced. Some of my favorites were Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Judas Priest, etc. In 1985 I discovered the band Stryper on a whim when I was given their “Soldiers Under Command” LP and I was instantly hooked. I was 14 and I loved the sound but really wasn’t all about the lyrics. But I thought to myself these guys sound great and who cares what they sing about. In late 1986 they released the blockbuster album “To Hell with the Devil” and I made sure I would get to see them live on tour. They were amazing back then!
Fast forward 30 years later to a small theater in Poughkeepsie, NY and I would once again witness how truly talented these guys are. It blows me away how lead singer Michael Sweet keeps his voice spot on. On June 11th Stryper rocked “The Chance” and I believe they sound even better now. Look how bad David Lee Roth sounds these days. I wouldn’t pay one dollar to see Van Halen in concert now. Stryper over the past two years or so has released two new incredible albums titled “No More Hell to Pay” and “Fallen”. Michael Sweet has also teamed up with George Lynch of Dokken fame to release Sweet & Lynch “Only to Rise”. There isn’t a bad song on it…
What I loved about the show is not only did they play some great music but they made it fun. They covered a few classic tunes as well. Below are a few short video clips taken with my iPhone. My iPhone does not do these guys justice.