Guitarist to miss Australian tour after seizure
Stryper have issued an official statement after guitarist Oz Fox collapsed on stage at a gig with Sin City Sinners on Saturday night:
Our dear friend and lead-guitarist Oz Fox fell ill Saturday night while performing in Las Vegas with a side project that he sometimes plays in when not touring with Stryper. Oz suffered a seizure causing a fall on stage. After performing an MRI, doctors discovered an area of concern near his brain which they are now running a biopsy on. The doctors have instructed him not to drive or fly for 90 days. No additional information is available at this time. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and we will communicate additional information as it becomes available.
The logistics and options for current tour dates are being discussed with the respective promoters. U.S. tour dates will play as scheduled and in anticipation of a full recovery will include Oz Fox. The upcoming Australian tour will be performed as a trio (with the blessing of Oz), and will include Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Perry Richardson. For our fans in Japan, please await an announcement from the concert promoter there as to the plans for the Japan tour.
Stryper’s latest album, God Damn Evil, was released in April. The band’s Australian tour starts on Friday 17th August then they head to Tokyo before returning to the US in September. Formed in 1983, Stryper are known for wearing black and yellow striped outfits during shows and for their Christian message – they retroactively applied an acronym to their name: Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness. At one point the band had two songs in MTV’s Top 10, Free and Honestly and they were nominated for a Grammy. Chris Jericho of Fozzy has stated that Stryper were one of his favourite bands when he first discovered rock and metal music.
Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.