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August 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm$20
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Ages = 18+
Tickets = $20
Michael Sweet, former front man of Stryper, is coming off yet another creative high in the Stryper camp, thanks to its 2013’s return to form record No More Hell To Pay. Besides making an instantaneous Top 40 debut on the Billboard 200, it landed at #2 on the Top Christian Albums charts, #3 on Top Hard Rock Albums and #6 on Top Rock Albums. It’s certainly a testament to the band’s perseverance, whetting the public’s appetite all the more for Sweet’s I’m Not Your Suicide, which may technically be the follow-up to 2007’s individual offering Touched, but is actually the singer/songwriter’s first full-length original album since 2000’s Truth.
“I think sometimes my different musical influences come out in Stryper, but to a much larger degree, they come out in my solo career,” observes Sweet. “We’ve established a certain style and sound that people expect to hear, and that’s what we want to play and give. Putting a steel guitar or a country vibe onto a Stryper record probably wouldn’t fit, but my solo albums give me an opportunity to do just that. My self-titled album was arena rock, Real was acoustic rock, Truth was super electric, then Touched was a vocal and symphonic piano album. I’m Not Your Suicide is more in line with Truth, but there’s really something for everyone, from the edgier side you might hear in Stryper, to the lighter side of a piano ballad.”
Lyrically, there’s also plenty of potency across I’m Not Your Suicide, which is anchored in the title track co-written with Blair Daly (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sixx:A.M., Rascal Flatts). The affirming anthem chronicles Sweet’s frequent encounters with childhood bullying and even criticism later in life as Stryper was caught between the seemingly divergent worlds of mainstream heavy metal and the Christian faith.
“The title is about multiple subjects tied together, basically going out to anyone who’s been bullied or abused in any sense and serving as a rallying point for not letting someone or a group of people beat you down or take away your value,” he relates. “By being strong, looking at the big picture in the future and moving forward, you’re not their suicide. Musically and lyrically, this project is a soundtrack to rise above your circumstances.”
“Looking back on my life and career, from the school aged struggles, to music industry success and its many challenges, to seasons of tremendous loss and newfound love, to a resurgence in Stryper’s career and the opportunity to say what I want to say individually, I just hope to be a witness to our faith,” sums up Sweet. “We spent the past 30 years sticking to what we’ve spoken about, and even though we’ve been far from perfect, God’s really blessed us beyond our dreams. I’m here to say this is real and there’s power in what God can do. He not only blessed us all back then, but He continues to bless the band and me personally 30 years later in incredibly new ways, which really blows my mind! I don’t care how many copies this album or book sells. I’m only thinking about the opportunity to tell my story, and in doing so, hopefully it will have a positive effect on someone out there going through at least one of the same things I’ve experienced on the unpredictable and unbelievable ride so far.”
- August 5
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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