Timothy Gaines states Stryper bass position was always more about image first and talent second
With Stryper announcing their new bassist Perry Richardson yesterday, former Stryper bassist Timothy Gaines couldn’t resist a few choice comments including that the bass position in Stryper was always more about image first and talent second, and the Stryper songs aren’t that hard and any second year bass player can play them.
The following message was posted on Timothy Gaines‘ Facebook page about an hour ago:
“Hey Folks. Please be nice and welcome Perry into the flock. Geez, I feel for the guy. He has some big shoes to fill. (Not saying I am great) – but lots of demands and expectations placed upon him by fans. The bass position in Stryper was always about IMAGE first, and talent second. The songs aren’t that hard and any 2nd year bass student can play them. The comments about hair is somewhat the biggest bunch of bullshit I’ve ever seen. I mean seriously, I was attacked for many years because I cut my hair and no longer fit that 80s image that so many of the fat and balding 40 something crowd demands of an 80s band. But hey… I remember a time when you all looked hot too. So give it a break, and welcome the “new guy” into the flock. He didn’t do anything wrong other than join Stryper.”
Wikipedia states the following in part about new Stryper bassist Perry Richardson (with slight edits):
“Perry Richardson (born on July 7, 1963) is the former bassist of rock band FireHouse until 1999, and is the current bass player for Stryper, announced on October 30, 2017.
Richardson met C. J. Snare in North Carolina and started a band called Max Warrior. Eventually they met with Bill Leverty and Michael Foster (who were playing with a band called White Heat). The four got together in Charlotte and started FireHouse in 1988.
FireHouse enjoyed success in the U.S. and Japan and won an American Music Award in 1991. Richardson quit the band in 2000. He is currently playing with Country Music star Craig Morgan. He also worked with country musician Trace Adkins during a several month break with Craig Morgan. He returned to Craig Morgan and can be seen playing on Good Morning America on their May 21, 2016 episode.”