(New York, NY) – Platinum-selling rock band Stryper will join a cast of music superstars to perform during the 86th annual NYSE Euronext holiday tree lighting festivities on Thursday, December 10th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the illumination of the 65 ft. tall and 34 ft. wide Norway Spruce taking place at approximately 4:55 p.m. on Broad Street directly in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
The 86th annual NYSE Euronext holiday tree lighting will feature Stryper along with Billy Ray Cyrus, The Manhattan Transfer, Twisted Sister with Constantine Maroulis and the Broadway cast of “Rock of Ages,” Collective Soul, Honor Society, David Nail, Joshua Bell, Kate Voegele, Tamela Mann and The Monsignor Donovan Choir, Valerie Smaldone, Dancing with the Stars‘ Kym Johnson, the New York Jets Flight Crew and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
The NYSE Euronext holiday tree has been a New York tradition since 1923. Performances at this year’s tree lighting event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. and continue through 6 p.m. The tree lighting (from 4:50 p.m. – 5 p.m.) will be available for viewing online at www.nyx.com.
For a very limited time, and to coincide with this special performance, Stryper is offering a FREE download of their single “Alive” by going to www.stryper.com/alive and entering the access code 777. The download will begin immediately after entering the code.
Stryper’s latest album, Murder by Pride, was released in September 2009. The band is currently on a 50-city 25th Anniversary Tour of North America, which will be followed in early 2010 with an international tour.
In 1984, Stryper broke onto the scene with their debut EP Yellow and Black Attack, and have since gone on to sell 8 million albums and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals. The group’s unprecedented 1986 album To Hell with the Devil was the first Christian album to go platinum and was named one of the “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” by CCM Magazine. Stryper was also the first Christian band to get airplay on MTV, where they had several hit videos, including the #1 “Most Requested” videos “Free” and “Honestly.”
For more information, visit www.stryper.com.