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STRYPER's Michael Sweet Tapped To Be T&N Singer On Tour

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 7:31 AM


Tour Sometime Summer 2013

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"This wasn't officially announced but I guess if George is talking about it then it's official. Keep an eye out (and an ear open) for this! It should be a blast and a lot of fun singing those classic Dokken tunes :-) And to ease your mind, I WILL NOT be leaving Stryper, just having some side fun with George, Jeff and Mick when this actually takes place. 2013 looks to be a very busy year for me with two new Stryper records, a Stryper tour, a new solo record and book, a solo tour and possibly a T&N tour!" In a recent interview with Legendary Rock Interviews HERE T&N guitarist George Lynch reveals that the band will be enlisting STRYPER vocalist Michael Sweet to front the band on it's upcoming tour dates. An excerpt from the interview:

LRI: Is it true that Michael Sweet of STRYPER will be the touring singer for T&N when you tour?

George: "Yeah, that was the decision we all collectively came up with, we thought he was really the right choice. LYNCH MOB has done quite a few dates with STRYPER and we know Michael as a man and heís just such a wonderful guy which is important at this stage in the game. Iíve learned that lesson the hard way over the years and now itís to the point where you just wanna work with people who want to work with you and are dedicated, honest, transparent and have a good work ethic. Michael is obviously talented, we all knew that but he is also just a good person who has all of those qualities and architecture and is a solid guy but more importantly his voice is really suited to what we are trying to accomplish live which is to recreate the DOKKEN stuff faithfully. Jeffís voice is not necessarily ideal for all of that because he has a bit of a raspier, harder edge which is better suited to the original music that T&N has done, Jeff will do some of the DOKKEN stuff but then Michael will come in and do some of the material that heís better at. The other advantage we have with Michael Sweet other than him being just a great human being is that heís a really good guitar player and really suited to playing the rhythm parts we have which is something we really need collectively in this band and for this material. Thereís a lot of guitars on this record and we wanna reproduce the record faithfully. Plus, heís not a bad lookin guy either!"

LRI: I was really hoping it was true because I am a huge fan but kind of got the feeling that Michael didnít want me to formally announce it. His mother put it out there on Facebook (laughs). Is it formally announced? Is it alright for fans to officially plan on this?

George: "I guess we just announced it (laughs). Itís something that we held back on only because of the fact that the tour isnít going to happen for a few months, like I said, we are going to finish this second album and then tour behind the both of them. We just have so many other touring commitments and Michael has STRYPER so the timing has to be just right but we are looking to have that in place for summer of 2013."


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