Updated! Stryper Announce Preliminary Tour Dates

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 @ 2:26 AM

Stryper Announce Initial Dates

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For Immediate Release:

Stryper Announces First Group of Tour Dates

Legendary Christian rock band announces its first-ever reunion tour this fall as ALL original members celebrate the quartet's 20th anniversary

Deep South Entertainment announces the 2003 Stryper Reunion Tour, the band's first nationwide performance junket in more than 12 years, slated to kick-off October 3rd in Springfield, VA. The tour will run across the United States, playing approximately 30 concerts in all. While many markets and venues are still being finalized, we are happy to announce the first group of tour dates.

The first of the Stryper 2003 Reunion Tour Dates:

10/03/03 Springfield, VA Jaxx
10/04/03 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
10/09/03 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
10/10/03 Lakewood, OH Phantasy Theater*
10/17/03 Minneapolis, MN New Union
10/18/03 Sauget, IL Pop's
10/19/03 Milwaukee, WI The Rave*
10/21/03 Chicago, IL House of Blues*
10/24/03 Denver, CO Ogden Theater*
10/26/03 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
10/28/03 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
11/02/03 Ft. Worth, TX Ridglea Theater*
11/15/03 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
11/16/03 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony*

(* Updated on 08/13/03)

**Every show will be a sell out so get your tickets quickly!**
**Playing all their hits!**
**All Four Original Members!**

Remaining tour dates will be announced in the next 14 days via the Internet on both www.stryper.com and www.michaelsweet.com.

In addition, both new and old merchandise will be available for sale through www.stryper.com starting September 1st.

Fan interest has been constant and relentless. Between online chat-groups and classic rock magazines, word of Stryper's reunion is building a tremendous buzz.

The band's moniker, Stryper, is an acrostic that means Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness. The Isaiah 53:5 reference under the Stryper logo is a Bible verse that states, "...by His stripes we are healed." The band's first full-length release, Soldiers Under Command, sold more than 500,000 units worldwide in the 1980s and was a mainstay on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for over 40 weeks. In addition to the hard-rocking tunes that Stryper's core audience has come to expect, the ballad "Honestly" from the platinum-selling 1986 release To Hell With The Devil hit the Top 40 charts. The video for "Honestly" rapidly became the number one most-requested video on MTV. The year 1988 saw the near-platinum release of In God We Trust, as well as renewed success on MTV, which was bombarded by thousands of phone requests for the track "Always There For You."

After Stryper, Tim Gaines, Oz Fox, and Robert Sweet have all continued in the music industry. Each member has participated in numerous musical projects over the past decade.

Michael Sweet continues to write and record music and plans to release two solo projects next year. One will be a "rock" record showcasing newly written and recorded songs, while the other will be a hymns project. He also is busy producing new acts with co-producing partner Kenny Lewis. Sweet and Lewis co-produced two new Stryper songs released March 25, 2003, on Seven, The Best of Stryper, through Hollywood Records, distributed to Christian outlets by Forefront Records.

While there is no officially scheduled release for another Stryper album, there are talks and a strong possibility for a Stryper live album and/or DVD recorded throughout the upcoming tour.

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