When it comes to groundbreaking bands in the Christian hard-rock genre, Stryper is renowned for its distinctive brand of “heavenly metal,” extraordinary crossover success, with both Grammy nominations and Dove Awards to their name, and their venerable endurance. In 2023, the band celebrate their 40th anniversary and do so on the back of both consistent touring and consistent album releases with their latest release “The Final Battle” receiving rave reviews the world over. Sirius XM radio host Eddie Trunk says, “Stryper is more active than any other band from the ‘80s”, and they are. The group ascended to prominence in the 1980s with Billboard Top 40 hits like “Calling on You,” “Honestly” and “Always There for You.” Stryper’s career album sales exceed 10 million worldwide, including 1986’s multi-platinum release “To Hell with the Devil.” The band also made history in 1987 when it notched three songs in Dial-MTV’s Top 10 with videos “Calling On You”, “Free”, and “Honestly”, being the first band ever to have two songs in the Top 10 simultaneously. Silverback Touring is pleased to announce that Stryper, comprising three original members including brothers Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitar) and newest bandmate, seasoned bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of Firehouse), return to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 for a tour covering every major Australian city and, for first time in decades, Auckland. The band last visited Australia in 2018 and were forced to play as a trio due to Oz Fox falling ill ahead of the tour, giving fans a unique opportunity to see the band in a different and unique format. Fans are in for a real treat with one of the world’s most consistent and loved hard rock/heavy metal groups.
Tour Dates Thu 2 March – Brisbane, Princess Theatre
Fri 3 March – Sydney, Liberty Hall
Saturday 4 March – Perth, Magnet House
Sunday 5 March – Melbourne, 170 Russell
Wednesday 8 March – Adelaide, Bridgeway
Saturday 11 March – Auckland, Galatos
General on sale commences: 11am on Monday 5 December