Michael Sweet states that never have to worry about new bassist Perry Richardson as latter always ready
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice and spoke about a number of topics including new bassist Perry Richardson (who was announced as Stryper‘s new bassist in late October 2017) and his upcoming new solo album Ten.
With respect to how Richardson has fit into the band, Sweet advised (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits):
“Oh gosh we keep saying to ourselves where were you in 1984 and you know obviously he was doing other things. Perry, he’s our guy man. I don’t know what else to say. He’s such a perfect fit for us in all areas and he’s just such a good guy man. I don’t know what else to say. Perry has been so refreshing and you know he’s just got this spirit about him where you never have to worry. You never have to worry with Perry in the sense of knowing his parts. If you give him a set list a month before rehearsal, you know he’s gonna be ready. Yeah, you never have to worry about him performing. You know he’s gonna go onstage and give his all and smile and have a good time. You never have to worry about him as a person, you know being nasty or doing bad things or saying bad things. You just never have to worry about that.
Perry all around is just an amazing guy, an amazing musician and a team player and we’re so honored and proud to have him. I’ve said this before. I’ll say it again. I’ll keep saying it. It would be interesting to see the history of Stryper if Perry Richardson was in the band back in the day. Yeah, it would have been very interesting to see.”
In regard to his upcoming new solo album Ten, Sweet indicated: “It’s finished, it’s called Ten. It’s being mastered right now and then we’re gonna start laying out a plan for videos and and songs. I got to do photo shoot in about five weeks. I think it is six weeks. The album’s now going to come out September 2019. We were shooting for a little earlier June or July release but that just wasn’t in the cards for a number of reasons. We don’t want to rush anything but I can tell you this it’s called Ten because it’s my tenth album and because there is a title track on there about the ten commandments — a really really powerful song, real heavy. It smacks you in the face and it ends like kicking you in the gut. It’s really cool man. I’ve got a different player on every song and it started out where I was gonna have just a few players and then I thought you know, it would be really interesting to bring in a different guy on every song. I started putting names out there and reaching out to people and they started agreeing to do it and then I had guys reaching out to me.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Michael Sweet at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below:
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