STRYPER will return to the road in May for the 2019 "History Tour - Greatest Hits & Covers That Influenced Our Generation". The trek comes on the heels of the band's yearlong "God Damn Evil" world tour, which concluded in Japan in February.
"The music of our generation was and is timeless," says STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet. "It was all about the song and musicians who inspired you to want to play. We grew up on bands like VAN HALEN, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, JOURNEY and BOSTON. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the music of these legendary bands. We thought it would be an amazing experience to play some of these songs live and show you, the audience, exactly were our roots lie. We'll also be incorporating our own hits and videos from 1984 to 2019, and something from Perry's past as well (FIREHOUSE). We’re excited to get back out on the road and we look forward to seeing you soon!”
Exclusive meet-and-greet packages will be available in most cities. Fans will have the option of purchasing either a Standard Meet & Greet Package or VIP History Tour Meet & Greet Package. Both meet-and-greet packages include an opportunity to meet the band, get autographs, take photos with the guys and receive exclusive one-of-a-kind merchandise. However, the VIP History Meet & Greet Package (limited to six fans per city) offers additional merchandise options and a stage tour (hold Michael's guitar, photo in front of Robert's drum kit, overview of gear with STRYPER crew member).
STRYPER 2019 "History" tour dates:
May 10 - The Firmament - Greenville, SC
May 11 - Union Jack's - Annapolis, MD
May 13 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
May 14 - The Token Lounge - Westland, MI
May 15 - The Rockpile West - Toronto, Ontario
May 17 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
May 18 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
May 19 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
May 21 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
May 22 - Jergel's Rhythm Grille - Warrendale, PA
May 24 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
May 25 - Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
May 26 - The Lerner Theatre - Elkhart, IN
May 29 - Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
May 31 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
June 1 - Magic Springs Theme Water Park - Hot Springs, AR
June 2 - Graceland Sound Stage - Memphis, TN
June 5 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
June 8 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
June 13 - Paparazzi OBX - Kitty Hawk, NC
June 14 - Phase 2 - Lynchburg, VA
June 15 - Roanoke Rapids Theater - Roanoke Rapids, NC
July 17 - Rock Fest 2019 - Cadott, WI
July 18 - Arcada Theater - St. Charles, IL
July 20 - Roar on the Shore Bike Week - Erie, PA
Sept. 7 - Teatro al Aire Libre - La Paz, Bolivia*
Sept. 10 - CC. Festiva - Lima, Peru*
Sept. 12 - Teatro Caupolicán - Santiago, Chile*
Sept. 14 - Tropical Butanta - Sao Paulo, Brazil*
Sept. 15 - Circo Voador - Rio de Janiero, Brazil*
Sept. 17 - Toinha Brasil Show - Brasilia, Brazil*
Sept. 19 - Mister Rock BH - Belo Horizonte, Brazil*
Sept. 21 - El Teatro Flores - Buenos Aires, Argentina*
Formed 36 years ago, STRYPER is the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group's name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
STRYPER's albums include "To Hell With The Devil", "Second Coming", "No More Hell To Pay", "Fallen" and the band's latest effort, "God Damn Evil".
The follow-up to 2015's "Fallen", "God Damn Evil" marked STRYPER's first effort since the addition of former FIREHOUSE bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group in 2017.