Should Jesus Loving Hard Rock Bands Stryper and Skillet Tour Together? Michael Sweet wants to know
Michael Doux openly Christian hard rockers STRYPER took to his social networks on Saturday September 11 to ask his tens of thousands of followers a question: “Do we have to SKILLET & STRYPER tour together? If this post breaks records with comments and shares then I’ll take that as a yes 😉 Come on!”
Several other prominent hard rock musicians responded to Soft at a time instagram and Twitter, with QUEENSRŸCHE leader Todd La Tour, who is an atheist, writing, “That would be a hard no.” FOZZYit is Chris Jericho was more open to the idea, saying, “That would be a great tour for you guys!!!” Old SALIVA singer Josey Scott was equally enthusiastic, writing, “YES!!!! I grew up with SKILLET in Memphis (the singer anyway) and he’s always been a very cool cat-man! And they friggin’ STRAIGHT, DROP IT BRO!!!! “
Softthe message came a day later SKILLET and STRYPER shared the stage Rocktember Music Festival in Hinckley, Minnesota.
In a 2018 interview with the Detroit Free Press, Michael says that STRYPER was never fully embraced by the heavy metal and hard rock communities, largely due to the band’s Christian lyrics. “We were never accepted by either side,” he said. “The secular side, the mainstream, they’ve never accepted us to this day. We’re probably that band that everybody’s going to go to whenever there’s a moment to scoff. We’ll be the band used to that in most cases. Now on the Christian side, we’ve never really had full support on the Christian side because we don’t fit into their little club. We don’t wear suits and ties and don’t don’t go to all the churches and don’t preach.
In various interviews over the years, SKILLET leader John Cooper said he “always had faith in God” and that his mother was a “Jesus fanatic”. He also said he was ready to put his career on the line to take a stand for Christ.
Last April, Cooper say it “Undaunted.Life: One Man Podcast” that it was perfectly acceptable for Christians to play rock music. “I would say that music is not created by the Devil; [it is] created by the Lord,” he says. “All things were created by God. So instead of thinking the devil owns a kind of music, I would say capture that music and bring it back under the lordship of Christ.”
Cooper recently published his first book, titled “Awake and Alive for Truth (Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World)”. It “addresses the prevailing philosophies of our time of post-modernism, relativism, and the popular view of the goodness of man – and combats these views by standing on the absolute truth of God’s Word,” reads -on in the description of the book.
That would be a hard no.
— Todd LaTorre (@ToddLaTorre) September 12, 2021
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