Iconic Rock Band STRYPER Announces 2019 HISTORY Tour

Veteran Christian metal band STRYPER will return to the road in May for the 2019 HISTORY Tour: Greatest Hits & Covers that influenced our generation. The all-new HISTORY Tour 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 & 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!”

STRYPER consists of original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), as well as bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of the multi-platinum band Firehouse) who joined the group in 2018.

Exclusive meet and greet packages will be available in most cities. Fans will have the option of purchasing either a Standard Meet and Greet Package or VIP HISTORY Tour Meet and 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 and Greet Package (limited to 6 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 continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene with the their critically-acclaimed tenth studio album God Damn Evil, released in 2018 via Frontiers Music. Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

God Damn Evil is available now wherever you can buy or stream music: http://radi.al/GodDamnEvil

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

More dates to be announced!

For tour dates, tickets, VIP packages and additional information, visit the official website at www.stryper.com.

Source: Nashville Publicity Group

Scott Stapp Drops Lead Single, Announces Summer Tour

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp released “Purpose for Pain,” the lead single from his upcoming album The Space Between The Shadows, his first new solo music since Proof of Life in 2013.

According to a social media post, Stapp said “Purpose for Pain” carries a lot of meaning as he comes out of a dark season.

“[The song] is about seeking a higher meaning, a spiritual mentality when dealing with our struggles and life’s painful moments,” said Stapp. He continued by explaining that everyone goes through dark times and deals with pain of one kind or another throughout life. “If we can dig deep and hold on to hope during the most difficult situations, believing there is a purpose waiting for us on the others side, we can find meaning and clarity that gives us the strength to keep fighting.”

In addition, initial dates for The Space Between The Shadows summer tour dates were announced, with tickets going on sale Monday, March 25.

6/20 | Oshkosh, WI
6/21 | New Buffalo, MI (on sale March 29)
6/22 | St. Charles, IL
6/27 | Detroit, MI
6/28 | Toledo, OH
6/29 | Boardman, OH
7/10 | San Antonio, TX
7/12 | Houston, TX
7/13 | Dallas, TX
7/14 | Oklahoma City
7/25 | New York City
8/02 Boston, MA (on sale March 29)

“Purpose for Pain” is available on iTunes or Spotify.

For more information about the upcoming album from Scott Stapp and tour information, visit https://scottstapp.com.

Summer Rockfest Lineup Announced

Seventh Day Slumber unveiled the lineup for the 2019 Summer Rockfest Tour today, along with booking information for the annual heavy music event series.

This year the lineup will feature tour hosts Seventh Day Slumber along with Rockfest Records artists The Persuaded, Amongst The Giants and SILVERSYDE. According to a social media post, the tour will feature “new bands, new music, new sound, new lighting and a new LED wall!” For churches and venues interested in booking this tour, follow and contact Seventh Day Slumber on Facebook or learn more by visiting their website.

The Persuaded released a fiery full length album, Dawn of Destruction earlier this month. Amongst The Giants is currently touring as part of the lineup for the City Rockfest Tour, supporting the late 2018 album Obscene. Silversyde is one of the more recent signees with Rockfest Records, and they are expected to drop new music this year as well.

Skillet Debuts Two New Songs on Breaking Benjamin Tour

Last night Breaking Benjamin, Skillet, Underoath and Fight the Fury kicked off one of the biggest rock tours of the year in Michigan, and Skillet took the opportunity to debut two brand new songs live.

Early reports list the two songs as being titled “Dead Man Walking” and “Rise Up.” Skillet performed the two songs with the aid of Lacey Sturm (vocals) and Jarob Bramlett (drums) as Jen Ledger is still wrapping up Winter Jam tour with her solo band. You can watch fan videos of the two songs below.

The two songs are part of Skillet’s upcoming full length album, due out later this year. The tracks ramp up the momentum on a year in the “Skilletverse” that promises to hold a full length solo album from Ledger, the band’s first graphic novel and the previously mentioned 10th studio album.

For tour dates and more information on Skillet’s upcoming schedule, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gandhi’s Gun Releases New Single ‘We Are the Stars’

Gandhi’s Gun, a rock band based in San Antonio, Texas, has dropped their first single of 2019, a song called “We Are the Stars.”

The song was released alongside an official live video filmed at L.A.’s famed Whiskey a Go Go venue. You can watch the video below.

This track follows up 2018’s stand-out single “Through it All.” Gandhi’s Gun has crafted a sound that pairs staple hard rock sounds with an electronic edge, tied together by messages centered on hope.

If you like what you hear, you can keep up with Gandhi’s Gun’s future releases by finding them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Protest Drummer Jarob Bramlett to Fill In On Select Skillet Dates

Skillet drummer Jen Ledger is currently wrapping up Winter Jam 2019 with her new band, with the megatour overlapping with a few dates on the upcoming Skillet tour with Breaking Benjamin. That tour, which starts this week, led to the previous announcement that former Flyleaf vocalist Lacey Sturm will fill in for Ledger on vocals, but until today no drummer had been installed.

That all changed earlier as The Protest and Skillet announced that Jarob Bramlett will be filling in on drums on select dates of the Skillet tour with Breaking Benjamin. “We are truly honored to announce that our drummer Jarob will be filling in for SKILLET on their upcoming tour,” The Protest said in a social media post. “Catch him with SKILLET on March 15th, 21st, 23rd, 29th, and 31st!”

Blaise Rojas of Seventh Day Slumber and Amongst The Giants will fill in for The Protest on The City Rockfest Tour while Jarob is out with Skillet.

For more on The Protest, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit their website.

August Burns Red Announces Constellations Tour With Silent Planet

Pennsylvania native hard rock outfit August Burns Red (ABR) announced today that they will be heading out on a 10 year anniversary tour commemorating their third album, Constellations, which was released in 2009.

Joining them on tour will be heavy metal band Silent Planet and Canadian rockers Silverstein.

Silent Planet shared the tour dates in a post on social media, saying “Stoked to let you know that we are going to be ripping some gigs alongside August Burns Red.”

The 10 Years of Constellations tour will kick off in Lancaster, PA, the hometown of ABR, on June 20 and will crisscross the United States and Canada while hitting over 40 cities before ending in the Big Apple of New York City on August 11.

Silent Planet, perhaps best known for their story telling depth and thematic projects, recently released When The End Began, their third full length project.

For tour information and to see a complete list of dates and cities, visit the official website of August Burns Red.  Keep up with Silent Planet by visiting them at silentplanetmerch.com. Learn more about Silverstein, named after the famous children’s author Shel Silverstein, by visiting their website.

Ignescent To Release ‘Into The Night’ On March 29

Chicago based rock group Ignescent unveiled the cover artwork and a release date for their upcoming single, their first new music since releasing a 3-song single called Fearless last June.

“Into The Night” will be added for streams at Spotify and iTunes on Friday, March 29, with pre-sales for the single beginning on Monday the 25th at a “special price,” according to a post on social media.

“Here is the cover work for our upcoming song,” the band says in the announcement. “Thank you to Rob Walden for doing such an amazing job on the artwork!”

Since forming in 2008, the band has seen increasing visibility and success. Their 2011 single, “Calling Out To You,” will be featured in an upcoming film called Worthy. The band has performed alongside major acts like Stryper, Lacey Sturm and P.O.D.  In December, Ignescent opened for The Protest and Skillet side project Fight The Fury.

Keep up with Ignescent by visiting their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Gold Frankincense & Myrrh Announce Pre-orders For Highly Anticipated EP

Our favorite sisters of metal in Gold Frankincense & Myrrh are getting ready to release a highly anticipated EP with pre-orders set to begin on March 15.

GFM unveiled products that will be available as part of an upcoming pre-order campaign. The EP will be titled Oh, The Horror with products like pop sockets and GFM-themed jackets available to those who preorder.

GFM last released a full length project, Identity Crisis, in 2016. They’ve been releasing singles since then, with “On The Inside” premiering here at Rock On Purpose in September. Then on February 14, they released “Give Me A Sign” from their upcoming EP.

Keep up with Gold Frankincense & Myrrh by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting their website.

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