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Album Review: Stryper - Live At The Whisky

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Stryper – Live At The Whisky

Written by The Rock Man


The famous Whisky A Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood, California has been the stepping stone for some of the world’s greatest bands. Long before television shows like The X Factor, American Idol and the like came into our lives aspiring artists would gather at a multitude of venues to hone their craft, sharpen their skills, perfect the ultimate stage show and build a devoted following of fans. To play at The Whisky was at the top of everybody’s list. Christian rockers Stryper were no different to any other band dreaming of rock stardom and like so many before them they too got the chance to play at this iconic venue.

As we all know the band would go on to have major success in the 1980s, disband in the 1990s and make a welcomed return in the new millennium. The circle would appear to be complete with the band once again performing and recording a new CD/DVD package at this institution of rock history, titled Live At The Whisky.

The setlist for this particular show was very impressive; Stryper have put together a nice selection of tracks from their most recent studio album No More Hell To Pay with some of their most top shelf material from their back catalogue. The result is one of the most explosive live recorded shows I have heard in decades. The show kicks off in a thunderous assault of drums and guitars as new tracks Legacy and Marching Into Battle come to life. As quickly as possible the band journey back to 1984 to pull out You Know What To Do and Loud And Clear which always sound awesome in any live setting and are definite crowd pleasers. Reach Out, a favourite of mine, follows before the band launches into three tracks, Calling On You, Free and More Than A Man from the high-selling To Hell With The Devil album.

In the middle of the record we are treated to some more new material with No More Hell To Pay and Jesus Is Just Alright which showcases Michael Sweet’s vocals and some solid playing from the band. Up next are two tracks I was really glad made the album; Always There For You and All For One. The latter being a real surprise as not much material is covered from their Against The Law era and that track is a highlight of mine on that particular record. The set comes to a close with the foot-to-the-floor rocker The Way.

Of course no Stryper show is complete without their two most iconic songs To Hell With The Devil and Soldiers Under Command which feature in the encore. I mean, my God, can you imagine what would happen if they didn’t play those songs? The crowd would have torn the place down. Fortunately they did and the crowd were left in raptures as the band drove their message home “Soldiers, soldiers under command/Soldiers, soldiers fighting the Lord's battle plan”.

Think what you will about the band's Christian message or their gimmicky black and yellow look in the 1980s; the fact is Stryper are one hell of a band. Even more so in a live environment. I think that is one of the reasons why they won over so many sceptical people back in the day. If you don’t believe me, just take a listen to Live At The Whisky; I am sure it will change any preconceived ideas you may have about these talented rockers.

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