The power goes out, so Stryper plays with small battery-powered amplifiers instead

Fighting the darkness is the figurative concept that has defined the Christian metal band Stripesbut at a recent show at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, the group literally struggled through the dark, playing with tiny battery-powered practice amps in the middle of a power outage.

The band have been out on the road in support of their latest studio album, The last fightwhich was released in October, and the Whiskey A Go Go performance was their first since stepping down KISS Cruise.

“Well, that was the first,” the singer exclaimed Michael sweet in a Instagram post where he described how Stryper persevered through the unforeseen circumstances to still deliver a full set to all the fans in attendance at the historic LA venue.

He continued, “The power went out at Sunset last night 30 minutes before our set and we walked out [The Whisky A Go Go] stage and rocked with 2 battery-powered practice amps, 1 snare drum and 3 acapellas [sic] vocals for another night, sold out crowd!”

For 16 songs, the band used very small practice amplifiers that touring artists regularly carry with them and warm up before shows without making too much noise in the green room, in the back of the bus or wherever they are getting ready for a concert. They don’t offer a huge amount of power – certainly not to the level fans are used to hearing at rock and metal shows – but it still made for a unique and memorable night.

In the fan-filmed video clips below, you can see drummer Robert Sweet pounding his hands on the snare drum to keep time, while the low-wattage amps offer something for fans to sing along to. Michael Sweet, without the use of a microphone, belted out the songs as well.

And as for the power, it was restored half an hour after Stryper finished their set. “It was one for the books,” the frontman added, “The light always shines in the darkness.”

Stryper Setlist — Nov. 4, 2022 at Whiskey a Go Go (via

01. “In God We Trust”
02. “Revelation”
03. “The Rock That Makes Me Roll”
04. “More Than A Man”
05. “Surrender”
06. “Calling You”
07. “Free”
08. “Sorry”
09. “Honestly”
10. “All for One”
11. “Always There For You”
12. “Divide”
13. “The Valley”
14. “Yahweh”
15. “Soldiers Under Command”
16. “To hell with the devil

Stryper, “Soldiers Under God’s Command” (4 Nov. 2022)

Srtyper, “To Hell With the Devil” (4 Nov 2022)

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