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MICHAEL SWEET Fends Off Thyroid Cancer, Readies New STRYPER Album: 'I Think It's Our Best'

By David E. Gehlke STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet underwent treatment last October for a growing nodule on his thyroid. It was the latest in a series of health issues for Sweet, who previously dealt with a detached retina. Yet for the repeated trips to the doctor ("I don't like going to the doctor,"...
May 21, 2024

STRYPER's OZ FOX Released From Hospital After Undergoing Latest Brain Surgery

STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox has been released from the hospital after undergoing his latest brain surgery. The procedure, which will force him to sit out the band's upcoming "To Hell With The Amps" acoustic tour, was reportedly overseen by Richard G. Everson, MD at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in...
May 19, 2024

STRYPER's OZ FOX On His Latest Brain Surgery: 'I Don't Expect' Any Problems

During an appearance on yesterday's (Wednesday, May 15) installment of Waste Some Time With Jason Green, STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox discussed his latest brain surgery, which will force him to sit out the band's upcoming "To Hell With The Amps" acoustic tour. He said in part (as transcribed by BLABBERM...
May 16, 2024

STRYPER's OZ FOX To Undergo Another Brain Surgery; Guitarist To Sit Out Band's Acoustic Tour

STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox will sit out the band's upcoming "To Hell With The Amps" acoustic tour in order to undergo another brain surgery. Earlier today, STRYPER released the following message via social media: "We want to share an important update regarding our guitarist, Oz Fox. "Many of you might...
May 14, 2024

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET On How His Recent Thyroid Surgery Affected His Singing: 'It Just Feels Different'

In a new interview with Steve Mascord of White Line Fever TV, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet, who underwent partial thyroidectomy, the surgery to remove part of his thyroid gland, five months ago, reflected on the procedure, saying: "I had nodules a nodule in each side of my thyroid, so thyroid nodu...
May 8, 2024

MICHAEL SWEET Says Upcoming STRYPER Album Will Have 'Some Different Twists And Turns To It'

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet spoke about the musical direction of the band's recently completed follow-up to 2022's "The Final Battle" album, tentatively due in September. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think what it's always been...
May 6, 2024

SUNBOMB Feat. TRACII GUNS And MICHAEL SWEET: Second Album 'Light Up The Sky' Due In June

SUNBOMB, the musical alliance between two steadfast warriors of the U.S. hard rock/metal scene, Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) and Michael Sweet (STRYPER),will release its sophomore album, "Light Up The Sky", on June 24 via Frontiers Records Srl. Developed as a tribute to the classic heavy metal of the 19...
April 22, 2024

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: 'For Some Reason, God Keeps Blessing This Band Beyond Measure'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has completed mixing the band's new studio album with longtime collaborator Danny Bernini at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Thursday (April 11),Sweet took to his social media to write: "As we were going through each song over the past...
April 12, 2024

STRYPER's Upcoming Album Will Be 'Heavy' And 'Very Melodic' With 'Sing-Along' Choruses

STRYPER recently entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2022's "The Final Battle" album. Earlier today, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet, who is responsible for almost all of the songwriting in the band, took to his social media to write: "I've completed the lead vocals and now I'll sp...
March 26, 2024

GEOFF TATE Thinks 'It's A Great Idea' For Singers To Rely On Backing Tracks During Live Shows

Original QUEENSRĊ¸CHE frontman Geoff Tate says that it is "a great idea" for singers to rely on backing tracks to enhance their lead vocals during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technol...
February 28, 2024

AUDIE DESBROW Says It Was JACK RUSSELL's Solo Band, Not GREAT WHITE, Which Was Involved In Deadly Rhode Island Concert Fire

GREAT WHITE drummer Audie Desbrow spoke to The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show about the deadly blaze on February 20, 2003 in Rhode Island caused by pyrotechnics at a concert by the now-former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell. At the time of the fire, the group that was on the road was called JACK RUS...
February 19, 2024

Ex-GREAT WHITE Singer JACK RUSSELL Reflects On Fatal Nightclub Fire: 'I Wish I Could Go Back And Cancel That Show'

Former GREAT WHITE frontman Jack Russell spoke to The Logan Show about "America's Deadliest Concert: The Guest List", a documentary about the infamous concert fire more than two decades ago that killed a hundred people and injured hundreds more. The film received its premiere on Reelz in February 20...
February 13, 2024

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Weighs In On JON BON JOVI's Vocal Issues: He 'Has Nothing To Prove'

Michael Sweet of Christian rockers STRYPER says that he is "happy to hear Jon Bon Jovi is on the mend" after the BON JOVI frontman underwent surgery for a vocal cord injury. Jon confirmed that he had "major reconstructive surgery" on his vocal cords and reflected on the impact it has had on his life...
February 11, 2024

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Praises JUDAS PRIEST For 'Having The Courage' To Write A Song About Jesus: 'That Takes Guts'

Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER has praised JUDAS PRIEST for having the "courage" to "write a song about Jesus". Earlier today (Friday, February 2),the 60-year-old Sweet, who was born in California but resides in Massachusetts, shared the cover art for PRIEST's new single, "Crown Of...
February 2, 2024

ROBERT SWEET On STRYPER's Upcoming 'Unplugged' Tour: Fans Will Get To See 'Another Side Of The Band'

STRYPER drummer Robert Sweet spoke to Waste Some Time With Jason Green about the band's upcoming "To Hell With The Amps: The Unplugged Tour", which will kick off in late May. For the first time ever, the Christian rockers will stage a full tour where they will perform their hits and fan favorites ac...
January 21, 2024