And then he marries her two months after that and is shocked that people are disturbed by it. I immediately felt judgmental of how quickly he connected with his second wife. Personally, I am an agnostic, but I still love and appreciate Mr. Micheal Harrison Sweet Singing Career A native of Orange Country, California, Michael Sweet began his musical career in 1980 and with the help of his brother Robert Sweet, he started a band called Roxx Regime. It's not every day a Christian singer starts off a book by admitting to drinking, swearing too much, and enjoying the occasional smoke--all within the very first paragraph! What a unique concept it was to crossover into the mainstream metal scene while still being a Christian band. In the past few years, I have read quite a few biographies from some of my favorite bands, and love learning the background stories to songs, albums, and life experiences, and this one ranks up high with them. Sweet talks about about how he hates Stryper but has to do it to feed his family.
He re-records Stryper songs most of which he penned anyway on many of his solo offerings and does a beautiful job reinterpreting them. I appreciated the truthfulness of it. This is why we all need Christ. Kids were looking for something different and something new and The Beatles provided that. But at least it ends well.
God has a plan for everyone and they are not all the same. Michael: It will be much different. And then I had guys reaching out to me. I would describe this book using the title of one of Michael Sweet's solo albums. But once I found out who that gorgeous voice was and was able to get hold of their music, it was Katy bar the door as my mom used to say! DeVille fit into the Roxx Regime days was cool. One of the shocking revelations I encountered throughout the book was his and apparently, the band's criticism of bassist Tim Gaines' musical prowess. Yes, I'm catholic, my fathers decided so when I was born, but through the years I've come to the conclusion that is not religion what makes the world heaven or hell, it is each one of us.
I really enjoyed this easy read. For those of us on the outside, all seemed fine and sunny, but the truth is, they are people too and there are issues as would be expected within any group of people that work together closely like this. I came to the book as a fan more of Michael Sweet than Stryper. Have been since Yellow and Black Attack came to the Gordon College bookstore many years ago. If there is one thing we should all do more of it is simply to love each other. Michael: That is the template.
For example, four longhairs in yellow and black from Orange County who play Christian music being in People or Time Magazine, or having gold and platinum records or going to Japan and having a platinum video filmed in a primarily non-Christian, Buddhist country. I was just very surprised by how much I relate to him: from striving for excellence, a deep devotion to but somewhat fitful relationship with fellow Christians, the sensitivities of a creative personality that drive others mad at times, and the shock of discovering one is actually good at one does and wants to constantly improve. Personally I'm not a person who believes in the same things. Have been since Yellow and Black Attack came to the Gordon College bookstore many years ago. I'm bringing back a few of those classic hooks and melodies that some of you have asked for. Sweet talks about having to let go of certain members of the band and his regrets doing it.
Did that success ever become too seductive? God is weaved throughout but mostly as an afterthought or to pay lip service. We were an alternative for both sides. I so appreciate his honesty. It was very interesting to read about certain behind the scenes stuff that helped explain some of the Stryper decisions over the years. Sweet is the guitarist and driving force behind the ground-breaking Christian rock band Stryper.
By the grace and protection of God it always seems to work. The criticism of Tim's bass playing while in Stryper was a bit of an oxymoron, considering that they wanted his services so badly initially. Not because we argued about anything important, but because he blew everything way out of proportion. He met his wife Kyle Sweet while making Stryper's first band video. The book also deals with some weighty issues, such as the band's spiritual backsliding, and Michael's struggle to hold onto his faith in the wake of his wife's death from cancer. Besides making an instantaneous Top 40 debut on the Billboard 200, it landed at 2 on the Top Christian Albums charts, 3 on Top Hard Rock Albums and 6 on Top Rock Albums. Actually the opposite, they were labeled a dark, almost at times a Satanic, band, and they are not.
Of course, he details his first wife's cancer journey and eventual death. I initially latched onto Bon Jovi as my fave hair metal band, but was really smitten and intrigued by Stryper. As Michael Sweet points out, Stryper was attacked by the secular community for their overt Christian lyrics, and attacked by the Christian community for their glam metal fashion and musical sensibilities. Back when people were picketing our shows or speaking out against our shows locally from town to town during the 80s, we would find out that the people picketing had never even seen our show before. I liked hearing about the origins of Stryper and the factors that led to their demise in the early 90s. We just did the videos the same way we did everything and somehow some way it all turned out. Being in a Christian band, I wondered if Michael had fallen in his personal life and sinned like most of the rest of us.