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Yes you read it right, Stryper the yellow and black attack of the hair metal 80s and Christian music world are back in Seattle this Sunday! Still going strong after 25+ years Stryper will be playing El Corazon Sunday (6/3) with local Seattle acts The Crying Spell and Post Modern Heroes. The Crying Spell are back home from their recent 2 month European tour opening for the legendary Killing Joke and Post Modern Heroes are back in full force with new guitarist (Maxi) after nearly a year layoff. Both bands feature key members from past Seattle heavyweights Second Coming and Point One! Also on the bill is the heavy prog Seattle band Metameric.
Stryper opened a a lot of metal heads eyes last year with their album called "The Covering" which was a collection of twelve cover songs from bands that inspired Stryper and helped shape the band's sound and musical identity. Those bands included (ready for this?) Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, UFO, Kiss, Ozzy, Van Halen, Sweet, Scorpions, Deep Purple, Kansas, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden! The album's first single, a cover of Black Sabbath's hit "Heaven and Hell" (listen) knocked a lot of critics on their asses. Click here to hear samples from the whole album. The band is still made up of its original members singer/guitarist/main songwriter Michael Sweet, drummer Robert Sweet, lead guitarist Oz Fox, and bassist Timothy Gaines. Stryper has sold over 10 million copies of their records over the years and its reported that two-thirds of their albums were bought by non-Christians. Guess you can't deny a good band no matter what they are singing about. Oh and remember, you still might get hit in the head by a flying bible (band still tosses the small ones out in crowd) as I did 25 years ago in the Moore Theater...ha! Tickets $27.50 in advance or $30 at the door. Buy here.