Stryper front man Michael Sweet graced the Loft stage inside The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie this past Saturday night.  The small but very intimate part of the Chance gave Sweet the chance to get up close and personal with the crowd.  Sweet performed solo and used a looping to give his set a more full sound. Sweets set really was a time capsule of his entire career which as spanned for over 34 years now.

This show was basically a stoytellers kind of a show. Sweet talked about where he was in the time of writing it and how the song came about.  There were also melodies and chord pattern changes in songs as well. “Honestly” was one that had a completely different tone and feel to it. It was like Sweet breathed brand new life into the this classic Stryper ballad.

Sweet talked with the audience all night in between songs asking if anyone has not seen or heard of Stryper. One gentlemen answered and Sweet joked with him by saying look for the guys wearing all yellow and black and with the high hair. That would be us he quipped which drew laughs. He also hoped that he would won him over as a fan. He had the fans join in singing on  “All for One.”

Sweet went back to his first solo album with “Someday.”  Sweets powerful vocals were evident on the heartfelt track “I’m Not Your Suicide.” He also had everyone clap during the Sweet & lynch song “Strong”

The atmosphere picked up for the Stryper classic “Calling on You.” He ended with the ballad “I Believe in You.”

Sweet also announced he would be working on a new Stryper album  this fall with a hopeful April release. He just got done with another Sweet & Lynch album and he will be working on another album with current Whitesnake and TSO guitarist Joel Hoekstra. you can say Sweets plate is quite full for the foreseeable future.

Even the crowd was light, Sweet treated the crowd like he was performing in front of  stadium.  he gave it his all and knowing how Sweet is, you wouldn’t expect anything less!

Setlist:

 

U Know What 2 Do

Reach Out (Stryper song)

Honestly (Stryper song)

Always There for You (Stryper song)

All for One (Stryper song)

Someday

Real

Save Me

I’m Not Your Suicide

Strong

Dying Rose (Sweet & Lynch cover)

Only You

Calling On You (Stryper song)

To Hell With the Devil (Stryper song)

I Believe in You (Stryper song)

 

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We would like to thank Team Sweet for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.