This past weekend, Stryper played three shows, in three days... in three states. Sure the states are close together but it is a real cool thing to do. I was able to catch the band at show and state number two... at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
Once again, Stryper were absolutely amazing! They hit the stage with the heavy Yawegh and for the next 90 minutes, it never stopped. Stryper pulled out everything I wanted, I mean what everyone else wanted to hear; All For One, Calling On You and Soldiers Under Command to name jut a few. But, one of the things I have always loved about the band is that they don't rest on their own laurels and just spend time in their history, they mix in a lot of newer songs. These songs; The Valley, Sorry, Can;t Live Without Your Love and Revelation fir in perfectly with To Hell With The Devil, Free and The Sing Along Song.
As far as players, Robert Sweet is still one of the best and most underrated drummers in hard rock history. He went old school playing so the fans could see him and how hard he hits the skins. Oz Fox is the guy who holds it all together; rhythm when its called for and leads when needed. Michael Sweet still possesses one of the best voices out there and his playing is second to none. He also is a great front man who knows how to energize a crowd and really adds so much to the show. And then there is the new guy, bassist Perry Richardson. Perry is so heavy as a player and his backing vocals bring a whole new dimension to the band on stage.
And now for the venue... The Wolf Den! This is one of the best places to see a band. The sound is perfect and there isn't a bad vantage point at all. For the 5 times I have seen Stryper live (I know, only 5) the two best were at the Wolf Den. I go to so many shows there (over 200 by now) and this show was the most packed I've seen it since Mr. Big in 2017. If you have never gone to a show at the Wolf Den, please join me for one very soon.
It was great to see some fans of the band who have become good friends of mine! But my big thank you goes to Chris Jensen who caught a Stryper Bible, already has a few and gave it to me... because he is tired of me complaining that I never got one. Next tine I see any of the guys I will have the Bible so they can throw it to me, then I can say I finally caught one.
I know I work with Stryper, but please know that if I didn't enjoy the show I would say so or I would just say nothing. Stryper is one of the best bands to see live, so please if they come to your town, go see them. You won't be disappointed... just mad you waited so long to see them.
Enjoy the pix! One of them has recently broken the internet!!!!
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