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- $14 for one ticket to Stryper with one domestic beer or well drink (up to $30.98 value)
- When: Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m.
- Where: Diesel Concert Lounge
- General admission
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- When you first met Stryper: it was 1983, and they stood out like bumblebee-striped thumbs
- Because: at the time, there were plenty of heavy-metal bands and Christian bands, but Stryper was one of the first to combine both genres
- Where they got their name: from Isaiah 53:5 of the King James Version of the Bible; "and with his stripes we are healed"
- Cool backronym the band created for themselves: "Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement, and Righteousness"
- Their breakthrough 1986 album: To Hell with the Devil
- The hits that made it go double-platinum: "Free," "Honestly," and the Satan-punching title track
- Since then: the band earned a Grammy nomination and unleashed two more gold-selling albums before breaking up in 1992
- Year they reformed: 1999
- Their latest album: No More Hell to Pay, which adds elements of techno to their sound
- What critics think of it: CCM Magazine calls it "one of their hardest rocking and most spiritually powerful records to date" in their four-star review, while Jesus Freak Hideout's four-and-a-half-star review claims that it's a worthy successor to To Hell with the Devil
- What to expect from Stryper's live show: greatest and latest hits delivered by Michael Sweet's operatic voice, Robert Sweet's steadily crashing drums, Tim Gaines' palpitating bass, and Oz Fox's fret-scorching lead guitar
Diesel Concert Lounge
"It's like a little city in there," says co-owner Mike Mitchell of the 47,000 square feet of entertainment surrounding Diesel Concert Lounge. As part of the Premier Lanes complex—also home to an Italian restaurant and the Premier Lanes Bowling Alley— Diesel Concert Lounge is a complete about-face from the space's previous incarnation: a country music club called Diamonds & Spurs. With Mitchell and Premier Lanes' owner Joe Sgroi behind the scenes, the floor where cows once learned how to square-dance is now a haven for head-banging hard rock and head-bobbing hip-hop.
As one of the only places in Michigan to sport multiple stages within one venue, Diesel keeps its calendar packed with a variety of touring stars and local heroes. Most of those heroes, including Kid Rock, Megadeth, and Uncle Kracker, are enshrined on the walls in hand-printed concert posters.