Mark Uricheck of The Musician's Voice recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oz Fox of Christian hard rockers STRYPER. Oz discusses the new STRYPER disc "Murder By Pride", including how the band approached the writing and production for the album, as well as two interesting tracks — a cover of BOSTON's "Peace of Mind" and a re-recording of the early STRYPER song "My Love (I'll Always Show)". Other topics include a bit about the band's 25th anniversary, and how his faith has helped him overcome some of the music business pitfalls the band went through.
The chat is now available for streaming below.
As previously reported, STRYPER bassist Timothy Gaines will be posting regular updates from the band's 25th-anniversary tour exclusively at StryperForum.com. The first post was published on August 25 and can be found at this location.
Bassist Tracy Ferrie will not be performing on the U.S. leg of the STRYPER tour, which kicks off this month. Instead, original bassist Gaines will be the sole bass player. What was originally planned to be a two-set performance has now turned into one full 90-minute concert consisting of all the greatest hits and new STRYPER material. The band will be wearing new yellow-and-black outfits designed by the original outfit designer. All original members — Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, and Tim Gaines — will be performing on the 25th anniversary U.S. tour.
"Murder By Pride", the new album from STRYPER, sold 5,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Murder By Pride" will be released in Europe on August 28 via Frontiers Records. The CD was made available in the U.S. on July 21 through Big 3 Records.
25 years ago (1984), STRYPER broke onto the scene with its debut EP, "Yellow And Black Attack", and has since gone on to sell 8 million records worldwide and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals.