Just about 4 a long time after co-founding steel band Stryper, Michael Candy isn’t letting his well being get in the way in which of longevity. Forward of Stryper’s upcoming album, The Ultimate Struggle, out Oct. 21 by the use of Frontiers Tune Srl, the singer and guitarist tells the At the back of the Setlist podcast he and guitarist Oz. Fox are in excellent well being following fresh surgical procedures — mind surgical operation for Fox and eye surgical operation for Candy.
“Oz. is superb,” Candy tells the At the back of the Setlist podcast whilst dressed in sun shades following a 3rd eye surgical operation. Candy may well be noticed dressed in an eye fixed patch within the video for the brand new track “Transgressor” and all over fresh live shows. “However I’m striking in there. I imply, all issues regarded as, we’re each very lucky. As we grow older, these items occur. You simply must more or less roll with it.”
Candy’s voice were given a serving to hand from recommendation from fellow musicians. Questioning if Stryper must song right down to assist the band hit hard-to-reach notes from songs recorded a long time previous, Candy requested some pals for recommendation. Kip Winger known as tuning down “a occupation saver.” The 59-year-old singer took the recommendation and the tuned down part a step (from E-flat to D) for a excursion in early 2022. No longer simplest did it cut back pressure on his voice, the decrease notes provides acquainted Stryper songs a brand new persona.
“I feel it sounds more difficult” and makes songs like “To Hell With the Satan” and “Squaddies Beneath Command” sound “fatter and larger,” Candy says. Extra importantly, regardless that, Candy’s voice feels “such a lot higher” after a collection of strenuous songs. “I made it via the entire excursion. I had no struggles by any means. And we did some four-in-a-rows,” he stocks. “And, , while you stand up to my age, you do much less and no more of the ones four-in-a-rows. You don’t continuously do three-in-a-rows. I had no bother. It was once like I used to be 18 once more. It was once superb.”
Having a look again at Stryper’s founding in Southern California within the early ‘80s, Candy places his finger on one of the crucial keys to Stryper’s longevity. “We had been very other within the sense that we had been a rock band at the Hollywood scene that was Christians. We weren’t Christians that was a rock band.” That difference created “a large distinction in the way in which we predict, the way in which we write, the way in which we produce, the way in which we sound, the way in which we carry out, who we carry out with — the whole lot we do,” he says.
It’s obvious in how Stryper covers decidedly non-Christian songs comparable to Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Regulation,” Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” and the Scorpions’ “Blackout.” “We used to play [“Blackout”] over and time and again within the storage the place we rehearsed. Oz. grew up on [Black] Sabbath. All of us favored Sabbath. He beloved Sabbath. In order that was once a no-brainer to do ‘Heaven and Hell,’” says Candy. “Van Halen, we’re all large Van Halen lovers. Shall we almost certainly do just a canopy album of Van Halen songs and be utterly pleased with that as a result of we adore Van Halen. Most certainly my favourite band of all time.”
It’s additionally obvious in how Stryper plays with secular rock bands. In August, the band performed on the inaugural Monsters at the Mountain pageant in Gatlinburg, Tenn., along Night time Ranger, Excessive, Queensrÿche and Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy, amongst others. On Oct. 29, Stryper will board the Kiss Kruise, a floating pageant out of Los Angeles headlined by means of Kiss and joined by means of Black Label Society, Buckcherry and Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach.
“We don’t pop out, sit down on stools and pontificate and shove it down their throats,” says Candy of the band’s live shows. “However we take them to church within the sense that it’s electrifying. We attempt to give them an lively display with tough song and a message and lyrics in order that they depart energized feeling like there’s hope. We have now sufficient negativity on the planet. We at all times attempt to give them positivity.”
Outdoor of Stryper, Candy helps to keep himself busy by means of running with a few of rock and steel’s main names. He’s a member of ICONIC, which launched its debut album in June, together with guitarist Joel Hoekstra, bassist Marco Mendoza, drummer Tommy Aldridge and vocalist Nathan James. In 2021, Candy launched an album with LA Weapons guitarist Tracii Weapons below the identify Sunbomb. He has launched two albums with Dokken guitarist George Lynch below the moniker Candy & Lynch, and carried out with the band Boston from 2007 to 2011.
“I’m at all times doing one thing,” he says. “That’s how I’m constructed. I will’t sit down nonetheless.”