July 21, 2009

New Studio Album Murder By Pride In Stores Today

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) – Legendary Christian rock band Stryper will kick off their 25th Anniversary Tour in September, touring throughout the U.S. before heading out on an international run in early 2010. In addition to their hits and fan favorites, Stryper will perform songs from their latest studio album Murder by Pride (Big3 Records) which was released today – twenty-five years to the day after the release of their debut EP, The Yellow and Black Attack.

The tour will be a two set show. The first set will be new Stryper material and include current bassist Tracy Ferrie, along with original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet and Oz Fox. The second set will feature all four original members, including original bassist Tim Gaines, wearing new yellow and black stage outfits from the original designer and performing the band’s hits from the last twenty-five years.

Confirmed Dates (more dates to be announced):
Sept 11 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
Sept 12 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
Sept 13 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
Sept 16 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
Sept 18 – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Sept 19 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
Sept 20 – Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
Sept 23 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Sept 24 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Sept 25 – The Hayloft – Mt. Clemens, MI
Oct 1 – Palace Theatre – Greensburg, PA
Oct 2 – Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Oct 4 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Oct 9 – Riverstar Entertainment Complex – Cincinnati, OH
Oct 15 – State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
Oct 17 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre – Cary, NC
Oct 21 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct 22 – Florida Theater – Jacksonville, FL
Oct 24 – Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
Oct 25 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct 28 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct 30 – Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, TN
Nov 4 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Nov 5 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Nov 6 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Nov 10 – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
Nov 13 – Santa Fe Station Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Nov 14 – Club Nokia Live – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 16 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Nov 19 – Avalon Nightclub – Santa Clara, CA
Jan 15 – Sala Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
Jan 16 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
Jan 20 – Kongresshaus – Biel, Switzerland
Jan 22 – Retro Music Hall – Prague, Czech
Jan 23 – Tivoli Oudegracht – Utrecht, Netherlands

The 25th Anniversary Tour will be a family project, with Michael Sweet Jr.’s band Flight Patterns opening all dates. Flight Patterns’ debut album will be released this fall on Fifty Three Five Records.

Murder by Pride includes a cover of the BOSTON song “Peace of Mind” (featuring BOSTON founder, guitarist and songwriter Tom Scholz on the recording). Ironically, Stryper had recorded “Peace of Mind” and planned to include it on Murder by Pride long before Michael Sweet was asked to join BOSTON on vocals and guitar for their 54-city headlining tour of North America in summer 2008.

About Stryper
In 1984, Stryper broke onto the scene with their debut EP Yellow and Black Attack, and have since gone on to sell 8 million albums and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals. The group’s unprecedented 1986 album To Hell with the Devil was the first Christian album to go platinum and was named one of the “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” by CCM Magazine. Stryper was also the first Christian band to get airplay on MTV, where they had several hit videos, including the #1 “Most Requested” videos “Free” and “Honestly.”

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