September 7, 2004

Reunited Christian hard rockers STRYPER have officially parted ways with bassist Timothy Gaines. The group's statement on the matter is as follows:

"After much prayer, deep consideration, conversations, and deliberation, it has been decided, by all four of the original members of STRYPER that bassist Timothy Gaines will not be performing with the band during any upcoming concerts.

"This was not an easy decision for anyone involved. The four recently convened to discuss this very heartfelt and difficult topic. The departure was an amicable one on behalf of everyone.

"Timothy Gaines was not asked to leave the band, nor was there a ceremonious resignation. It was simply a decision made by all parties, in an effort to individually preserve their respective calling, personally and professionally.

"Management has requested that the fans respect each member throughout what has been a difficult process.

"While a decision such as this one can often lend itself to speculation, idle rumors, and public discussions, we instead ask that you respect everyone involved, keep them in your prayers, and refrain from negative exchange, both privately and publicly.

"A replacement bass player will be named on a show by show basis until further notice.

"Words of encouragement (for all of the members, individually and collectively) may be directed through Deep South Entertainment at [email protected] and will be passed along as best possible to the respective members."

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