STRYPER Plays First Concert With New Bassist PERRY RICHARDSON (Video)

STRYPER Plays First Concert With New Bassist PERRY RICHARDSON (Video)

STRYPER played its first show with new bassist Perry Richardson (ex-FIREHOUSE) Saturday night (April 28) at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet stated about the gig: "Although we had a few technical difficulties, it was an amazing night!! The people of Italy are beautiful and we hope to return soon. We want to thank everyone who traveled so far to see the show as well!!

"The band did an outstanding job and specifically Perry. He had an entire set to learn (20 songs) and he absolutely nailed it!! The harmonies, the playing and the vibe.

"We're looking forward to hitting the road in a few days in support of our new album. We hope to see all of you at the shows coming up. It's going to be the best year yet."

STRYPER's new album, "God Damn Evil", was released on April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2015's "Fallen" marks the band's first effort since the addition of Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group last year.

Perry did not play bass on STRYPER's new album due to scheduling constraints. The bass tracks on "God Damn Evil" were laid down by John O'Boyle, who played bass on Sweet's last two solo albums.

Sweet told AXS about how Richardson came to join STRYPER: "Perry's name came on our radar from Dave Rose, who co-manages us. We flew him out and instantly fell in love with him. He's the real deal. A nice, humble guy who brought something into the band that hadn't been there in a while. He has such a high level of joy and peace. Then, when we heard him play and sing, we were floored. We're so blessed to have him. We're excited about Perry performing on the next album and singing as well."

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).