One of my ‘hobbies’, nowadays, whenever time permits, (and sadly, that is not often enough) is to pore over the pages of an old rock magazine from the early to mid-1980s, and re discover albums or bands that I’d either long forgotten, or those whom I missed the first time around. I often flick through … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? MASS – NEW BIRTH LP (1985)
Michael Sweet, known prominently as the front man for the most feted of all Christian rock bands, Stryper tells the story of his life with a candid honesty that makes this a compelling read, and not just for rock fans. Rock fans will no doubt relish the tell-all account of Stryper’s rise and fall and … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Reading Today ? MICHAEL SWEET – HONESTLY: MY LIFE AND STRYPER REVEALED (2014)
I must confess to having a penchant for digging up old and obscure rock/metal albums from bands that are long forgotten. Today I’ve been listening to a Canadian band from 1981 called Anthem (not to be confused by the premier Japanese metal band of the same name). Apparently these guys were a great live outfit, … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? ANTHEM (The Band) – Cuttin’ Thru LP (Canada 1981)
The great Michael Monroe and his band fired on all cylinders during their recent visit here in early June. Monroe was spotted out and about in Shibuya as well during down time. Night Ranger also toured during the month of June, but Mr Rockbrat could not make that. Woulda been kinda interesting. Have the spandex and sock ready cos … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Japan Rock Report #2
In 1991, Stryper were lampooned by all and sundry for releasing the ‘Against The Law’ LP – a non yellow/black album. Leather jackets and songs about women too. Shame shame shame said Derryn. Clearly the boys had sinned. So what am I to make of this? 20 years later and heavy metal’s favourite Christian crusaders … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? STRYPER – THE COVERING (2011)
Further to the post some time back wondering if Stryper's Robert Sweet and 70's TV starlet Farrah Fawcett were sisters I unearthed today some great shots of Stryper's visual timekeeper, which would make most women green with envy. I remember reading through rock mags in the 8o's and laughing with other HM friends when we … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About Rockers Who Looked Like Chicks !
Geeking out here I know, but what the hell. Whilst dusting off parts of the vinyl collection, I noted that both Alice Cooper Band and Stryper both included similar inserts (by way of mock U.S Currency) in their albums. That is where the similarities end I'm afraid as you cannot stack the superb Coop album … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: U.S Currency Inserts
What: Stryper set-list (1989) Nabbing concert set-lists from other zealous rock geeks could be hazardous to your health ! However, on March 31st 1989, at Sydney’s Homebush Stadium (does that place still exist or was it re-named ?) the good lord was indeed - smiling down on Mr Rockbrat !! I walked away with vocalist/guitarist … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Stryper set-list (1989)
The flier is advertising an in-store appearance in Sydney from 1987 and the poster is from a Canberra show in 1989. Stryper created somewhat of a buzz on their 1987 tour, with the media no doubt curious about the rock n roll and religion angle. As I've stated before, they were a great rock band … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Stryper Handbill and Poster
What: Stryper Signed Magazine Some time in Winter of 1987, Stryper glorified us all by visiting Australia after touring Japan. If you liked the Christian message - that's great. If you were not fussed and looked past the image and the message - you saw a damn fine rock band with great songs; four gifted musicians with … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Stryper Signed Magazine
Stryper's Michael SweetWho: Michael Sweet - Stryper When: 30 March, 1989 – Canberra, Australia I love this shot. The hand in front of him kinda looks like it is forming the 'pointed index finger sign', which a lot of fans attending Christian Rock Bands would do. Hear the soundcheck we nabbed from outside the venue … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Michael Sweet (1989)
Of all the 80's heavy rock outfits, the bands which most resembled women were without a doubt Stryper and Poison. Back in 1987 when Stryper toured Australia they appeared on a current affairs program hosted by Terry Willesee who - after the segment had aired retorted - 'they're pretty looking blokes aren't they' ! They … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: If Farrah Fawcett and Robert Sweet Were Sisters ?