Concert Review

Stryper is Calling on You in 2022

An Intimate Show with Stryper in Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Fort Lauderdale, FlStryper brings the Calling on You tour to the Culture Room on May 26, 2022.

The venue, a staple in the South Florida music scene for 25 years, is a great, intimate standing room only venue.

The Culture Room is a perfect venue to get up close and personal with Stryper and all those Soldiers Under Command”.  On this night, the Culture Room is the sanctuary and Stryper is at the pulpit!

Photo Credit Ivan Romero

The band takes the stage at 9 pm, after a long wait from the doors opening at 7:30 pm. No one seemed to mind the wait. Enough time to get a drink, buy a souvenir t-shirt and not have to worry about getting a good spot to see the show. Truth be told, unless you are standing outside in the courtyard, there really isn’t a bad spot to watch the show at the Culture Room.

The set opens with the title track to their Gold fourth release In God We Trust”. The band plays 19 tracks in all covering most of their albums over the years. Despite standing shoulder to shoulder, for a 90+ minute show of screaming Christian metal, fans can’t get enough of Stryper. There are many sing-along opportunities offered, especially during their crossover hit, “Honestly”.

Photo Credit Ivan Romero

Stryper’s lineup on this tour features Michael Sweet (vocals, guitar), his brother Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Perry Richardson (bass). Band members each toss out New Testament Bibles with the Stryper logo on the cover during the course of the show. Michael takes a moment between songs to explain how earlier in their career, they would often find the Bibles left on the floor of empty venues post-show.

This was before they began placing the Stryper logo on the cover. Michael goes on to say that he hasn’t seen one left behind since the logo was added. Stryper wraps up the show with some pounding metal in the form of Yahweh”, “Soldiers Under Command” and the title track to their multi-platinum third album release, To Hell With the Devil”.

Overall, Stryper delivers rock-solid performance. It really is incredible to see how good the band sounds but even more so, how the vocal delivery of Michael Sweet is on target. 35+ years later and Stryper still sounds incredible. It is highly recommended you make it a point to see the show if it is coming anywhere near you.

Set List

  1. In God We Trust
  2. Revelation
  3. Rock That Makes Me Roll
  4. Loving You
  5. More Than A Man
  6. Surrender
  7. Calling On You
  8. Free
  9. Sorry
  10. Honestly
  11. All For One
  12. Always There For You
  13. Divider
  14. This I Pray
  15. The Way
  16. The Valley
  17. Yahweh
  18. Soldiers Under Command
  19. To Hell With The Devil

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The remaining tour dates include:

MAY 28, 2022 – HOUSE OF BLUES – ORLANDO, FL

JUNE 18, 2022 – COCA-COLA MUSIC HALL – SAN JUAN, PR

JUNE 25, 2022 – SUMMERFEST – MILWAUKEE, WI

JULY 22, 2022 – “ROCK THE BLOCK” @ THE MURPHY THEATRE – WILMINGTON, OH

JULY 23, 2022 – JERGEL’S RHYTHM GRILLE – WARRENDALE, PA

JULY 24, 2022 – THE “L” – HORSEHEADS, NY

AUGUST 20, 2022 – MONSTERS ON THE MOUNTAIN – GATLINBURG, TN

SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 – THE TOKEN LOUNGE – WESTLAND, MI

SEPTEMBER 9, 2022 – THE VAULT – SAGINAW, MI

SEPTEMBER 10, 2022 -THE KING OF CLUBS – COLUMBUS, OH

SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 – EAGLES THEATRE – WABASH, IN

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 – THE MUSIC FACTORY – BATTLE CREEK, MI

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 – CRYSTAL GRAND MUSIC THEATRE – WISCONSIN DELLS, WI

SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 – VIXEN THEATER – MCHENRY, IL

SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 – TEMPLELIVE – WICHITA, KS

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 – THE HAUTE SPOT – CEDAR PARK, TX

SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 – TREES – DALLAS, TX

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 – RISE ROOFTOP – HOUSTON, TX

OCTOBER 1, 2022 – “RIO ROCK & BOOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” – EDINBURG, TX

OCTOBER 8, 2022 – PEPPERS CLUB – SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

OCTOBER 29, 2022 – THE KISS KRUISE XI – LOS ANGELES, CA

NOVEMBER 4, 2022 – WHISKY A GO GO – HOLLYWOOD, CA

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