Stryper to record new album in February 2017 and play sporadic dates in 2017

Photo by Rob Ellis

Stryper to record new album in February 2017 and play sporadic dates in 2017

Back in mid-September 2016, Christian rockers Stryper had announced that they would be taking a hiatus to evaluate things after the completion of their 30th year anniversary tour in celebration of their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil. The extent of Stryper‘s hiatus was not disclosed but it appears that the group’s hiatus will be short lived, non-existent or the aforementioned tour is extending well into 2017.

Photo by Rob Ellis

Photo by Rob Ellis

In a new interview with axs, Stryper‘s frontman Michael Sweet was asked if he had any plans to tour behind his new solo album One Sided War when Stryper‘s 30th year anniversary tour in celebration of the To Hell With The Devil album ends. Sweet replied: “Absolutely. I wish I was doing something this year because that’s really the time to do it. But the plans are to do a lot of publicity and interviews for this new album, we start the To Hell with the Devil Tour in late September and that goes through to November, take the holidays off, then we start recording the new Stryper album early in February, and then right after that I start recording a new Sweet & Lynch album. So those two are going to get done around the same time, both will be wrapped up by, say, April. And then I’m going to hit the road and do some solo dates, and I want to do some Sweet & Lynch dates as well and so does George [Lynch]. And Stryper dates sprinkled in here and there – we’re doing the Monsters of Rock cruise and we’ll do a handful more dates next year but just not an extensive ground round.”

Sweet also disclosed that he was already planning a new solo album as he went on to state: “And then in 2018 I’ve already got plans to do another solo album and Joel Hoekstra and I want to do an album together, so I’d say maybe take that to ’19. I love it, I love planning things out a couple years in advance and I just get so excited about what I do. I wish I could plan the next 10 years in advance, I’d be thrilled with that, it’d be cool.”

You can read the rest of the interview at axs.

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