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July 31, 2013
New Petra Compilation July 30 - with a brand new song!
The headline says it all... 40th Anniversary by Petra will release at the end of July. It contains 26 of Petra's most-loved songs, plus a brand new track called "Holy Is Your Name". More information at this link, or order it at ChristianBook.com with this link!
(There is also a digital-only deluxe version which contains ten additional Petra favorites!)
December 3, 2012
Petra (with John Schlitt) touring with Asia, ELO, Genesis?
Sort of! In 2013, Petra featuring John Schlitt, Bob Hartman, Greg Bailey and Cristian Borneo will be on tour with former members of those three bands on "The Classic Rock Tour"! See ClassicRockTour.com for more details!
July 8, 2011
Classic Petra live show Saturday, July 9 on TBN
Don't forget... the "Classic Petra" lineup (Greg Volz, Mark Kelly, Louie Weaver, Bob Hartman, John Lawry) filmed a live show for TBN, and it will be on Saturday night! Click the poster below for details:
May 10, 2011
John Schlitt Crowdsources New CD
John Schlitt is asking for contributions to fund recording a new independent solo CD, to be entitled "The Greater Cause". Click here to read more!
November 17, 2010
"Back to the Rock" now available for download!
Click here to order!
November 7, 2010
"Back to the Rock" song clips
Check it out... first verse & chorus from six of the songs on the new Petra CD "Back tot he Rock"!
Back to the Rock" samples
November 5, 2010
Track List for New CD
from the Classic Petra Blog: We are very proud to announce that the following newly recorded tracks will be included on the new Classic Petra ďBack to the RockĒ CD:
Adonai, Angel of Light, Back To The Rock, Bema Seat, Clean, Godpleaser, Grave Robber, Let Everything That Hath Breath (Praise The Lord), More Power To Ya, Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows, Too Big To Fall, Second Wind.
Sounds like it's going to be awesome!
October 4, 2010
New Petra CD Has Cover Art!
Check it out... the new "Classic Petra" CD's cover art is ready!
September 1, 2010
Lots of crazy Petra news for a band that's been "on hiatus" for several years!
The big news a couple of months ago was that Greg X. Volz-era Petra has reconvened for a new CD and new tour. Tour dates have not yet been announced (and at this writing, I don't believe the CD is quite finished yet), but you can always get the latest at ClassicPetra.com.
Meanwhile, "Petra Farewell"-era Petra has been playing select shows! You can get the scoop on performances of that Petra, along with John Schlitt's solo performances and II Guys from Petra performances (that's John Schlitt and Bob Hartman performing together without a band), at the tour dates page at John Schlitt's Web site.
My apologies for the site downtime, by the way. I switched Web hosts, and with the visitor contributions included there is SO much information there that it took me a while to get everything reloaded! We're back up now (mostly... if you find anything messed up let me know through the Meebo Me widget or the email form)... but there are better things on the way. I'm in process of a redesign; the current design is almost ten years old, and it looks like the when-MySpace-was-cool-era design that it is. The look will not be the only thing that's new... so check in every once in a while and see what we've got going! (When the new design is live, it will be VERY obvious.)
July 10, 2008
Belief, and Beyond
John Schlitt recently appeared on a new recording of the song "Beyond Belief" by a new band called Alakrity. It's a really fun take on the song! Pick up an MP3 for just 99¢ here.
February 26, 2008
John's solo CD is now shipping!
John's new CD, The Grafting, is
The Guide to Petra review of the CD will be forthcoming after we've had time to live with it a bit. Until then, you can read more about it at the TAG Artist Group Web site.
(CD also available from PetraMerchandise.com)
October 24, 2007
John's new CD has a title
The new CD will be called The Grafting and it will become available in January. See John's newsletter for details!
October 2, 2007
John Schlitt new CD montage posted October 1
On October 1, JohnWSchlitt.com released a montage of songs from John's upcoming brand new CD, along with comments from John himself! Click here to listen to it!
January 27, 2007
New Petra CD (well, sorta...)
Bob Hartman and John Schlitt have recorded a new CD called Vertical Expressions. You can listen to clips from it at http://www.myspace.com/iiguys, and you can find out how to order it on The List.
January 2, 2007
John Schlitt on The 700 Club
John (and his wife Dorla) appeared on The 700 Club on January 2, 2007! You can read about it here and here, or you can watch the archived copy of the show here (John's segment begins about 43 minutes and 12 seconds in).
November 1, 2006
Petition to return Petra to the stage
Christian classic rock station KWOF/The Prodigal Radio has begun a petition to have Petra return to the stage. Click over to TheProdigalRadio.com and take a look! (And hey... whether you sign the petition or not, click on "Listen On-Line" for a SERIOUS Christian rock blast from the past, with LOTS of Petra sprinked in!)
August 31, 2006
New Petra CDs (sorta) In The Works
According to this fan post on The Petra Zone, John Schlitt has a new CD about to be released, AND John and Bob Hartmen are (slowly) working on an acoustic worship album together. We've known for some time about John's upcoming CD, and the rumor that its release is imminent is confirmed in the latest newsletter posted on John's Web site.
June 12, 2006
Captured in Time & Space finally available on DVD!
After 20 years of being unavailable, the
May 2, 2006
Bob posts about the track error on The Ultimate Collection
Copied from The Petra Zone:
Hi all, it's me, Bob. I wanted you to know, as some of you have pointed out in posts, that there is now a replacement CD available for the Collection CD that contains the song "I Love You Lord" instead of the correct song, "I Love The Lord". You need to email Steve Blair at EMI, firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and he will send you a replacement or give you instructions. I tried very hard to stop this mistake from being made in the first place but it happened in spite of all my efforts. BTW, I did personally pick the songs. There were several ways I could have gone with this. I could have picked my favorites, which would have been a different list. But I chose to pick songs I felt were important in Petra's history. I tell why in the liner notes. I knew there was no way to pick everyone's favorite so I settled on aiming the choice of songs in favor of someone not so familiar with Petra as all of you, because I knew you had all these songs anyway!
So...you might be wondering what I am up to these days. In between making guitars and finishing up some Petra business, I am working on some music. Maybe you will hear about that at a later date.
So thank you all for your support and thanks for making the Farewell Tour the best tour of my life!
March 8, 2006
New CD Art for Ultimate Collection
Not too long ago, we thought we had obtained the cover art for the upcoming CD retrospective set, Petra: The Ultimate Collection. The CD art we posted used the same photo as the older greatest hits collection called The Early Years on its cover. The REAL cover, as we now know, looks like this:
(click for a bigger version)
We have also posted the correct track list, which sadly does not include the classic Lucas McGraw (it just didn't fit in well with the rock & roll on the rest of the CD). And here is an excerpt from the extensive liner notes, which were written by Bob Hartman himself:
"In the beginning, four Bible school students had a desire to share our faith in the language we knew the best: rock-and-roll. Much to our surprise, not everyone in the Church was as excited about the idea as we were. We played long solos and rocked out with songs like `Backslidin' Blues' and `Walkin' in the Light'. But it wasn't long before we needed to `break the ice' in our concerts with something on the lighter side, and that's just what `Lucas McGraw' did. Instead of a forgotten novelty song, it has become a worldwide favorite, even though it hasn't made a set list since the earliest days. Due to style issues, it couldn't be included in this compilation, but it is worthy of a mention anyway." - Bob Hartman
This is just the first of eight paragraphs of notes, which go on to explain all of the songs as well as the uncertainty of Petra's future after the departure of Greg X. Volz.
(If you are curious about how the rejected cover looked, we've kept a copy available: click here for the rejected cover)
February 9, 2006
Petra Farewell DVD Cover Art
The cover of the upcoming DVD is based on the same art that is on the CD. Here's the stuff listed on the back cover:
January 5, 2006
New Petra Stuff in 2006!
Now that Petra has officially disbanded (except for a single possible "makeup concert" in Brazil because of a flub that caused that performance to be cancelled), you would think that there won't be any new Petra stuff this year. Not so! First of all, the DVD version of Petra Farewell will be released on March 7. Preorder the DVD online or find a copy on that date and snap it up! Opening week sales mean a lot to retailers, just like opening weekend box office means a lot to movie theater owners...
Before that, though, you will have a chance to pick up The Praise Collection, a budget-priced double-CD set of Petra Praise ¬∑ The Rock Cries Out and Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus. Look for that one to come out on February 28. (Sad that the excellent praise material from Revival is not to be included.)
Then, once you've relived some of Petra's greatest songs on the new live DVD, get them in their original studio versions on The Ultimate Collection, a 2-CD set of 33 of Petra's greatest songs, selected and with liner notes by Bob Hartman. This one comes out on March 21.
Always remember: If you're planning on shopping for Petra-related stuff online, you should really pay a visit to The List! We keep it updated with new items (we've been busy lately!) and places to buy the old items. There's almost certainly something on The List that you didn't already know about... check it out!
December 27, 2005
Greg X. at final Petra concert
This just in from Barbara Volz (wife of Greg X. Volz):
Just wanted to let you know that Greg will be in Murphy, NC New Years Eve with Petra for their LAST concert and will be ministering at On Fire Family Church, Murphy, NC the morning of New Years Day. He will be ministering somewhere in NC or GA Sunday night, Jan 1 for the night service and just wanted to pass it to you in case might want to know.
December 7, 2005
Christian Music Rewind - Farewell Tour show
From the email bag:
Hello, my name is Shaun Michaels and I am the host and producer of a classic Christian music radio show called "Christian Music Rewind". I wanted to alert your website to a special "Farewell to Petra" show we have planned for this weekend. We have conducted interviews with Bob Hartman, John Schlitt, Greg X. Volz and John DeGroff for the show. We will also featuring some of the most memorable hits from the band's career. Plus later this week our website will have exclusive picture from the Enid Oklahoma concert featuring GHF, the original Petra reunion, and the Petra Farewell tour show. The website will also have the full interviews (with additional material not used on the show) for download on the webstite this weekend. Our website is only a few weeks old and is located at www.cmrewind.com.The "weekend" in question would be the weekend of December 10-11, 2005.
November 5, 2005
All Petra, All The Time
From now until the end of November, listen at AroundTheWorldRadio.org for Petra, 24/7!
There is an MP3 of a radio spot for the upcoming CD which Inpop has made available to listen to. click here to hear it!
Inpop has also released a 9-minute promo video for the new album at Inpop.com/dopwnload. It consists of the entire "Acoustic Set" from the new CD, with video from the concert. If you watch closely, you may even see your Webmaster's blue head, moustache and all, singing along with the last line or two of "Love"!
November 1, 2005
Track list for new CD
The quick-thinking Webmaster of PetraPraise.com has found the track list of Petra Farewell on Chordant's Web site. It's of course roughly the same as the set list from the concert, with a few minor differences. Take a look at the Petra Farewell CD page for the list, as posted on Chordant's site!
October 13, 2005
Petra Farewell Album Cover
It appears that we have an album cover for the new Petra Farewell CD!
If you're having trouble making it out, that's a picture of the four band members bowing at the end of the performance. View a similar picture, taken at about the same moment, right here
You can read MUCH more about the performance, including a number of eyewitness accounts (or submit your own, if you were there!), at http://www.guidetopetra.com/oct4/!
October 5, 2005
Petra Taping RULED!
The concert taping in Franklin, TN was AWESOME! The band was tight, the crowd was WILD, and I can't WAIT to hear the CD! Check out http://www.guidetopetra.com/oct4/ for much more about the concert as it becomes available!
September 27, 2005
Tickets for October 4 Taping
Well, it looks like all the reserved fan tickets to the CD/DVD taping in Franklin, Tennessee have been snapped up. HOWEVER: if you happen to be in the Franklin area and want to try and get a reserved-but-not-picked-up ticket, those tickets will be made available at the venue at 6pm the night of the performance. Good luck!
September 17, 2005
Petra Farewell - NEW CD AND DVD!
Straight from Inpop Records, here's the scoop:
To celebrate 33 years of music and ministry from the pioneering Christian rock band, Petra, Inpop Records will release Petra Farewell on Nov. 22. Petra Farewell, a CD/DVD combo filmed before a live audience, will feature Petra classics, emerging worship favorites, and guest appearances by former band members.News release at Inpop Records
UPDATE: Because of overwhelming response from fans, Inpop has announced that this is being turned into an "invitation only" event. Don't worry... you may be able to get an invitation for yourself! Watch the front page of A Guide to Petra for details!
May 24, 2005
Petra retirement announcement at band's official site
Here it is, straight from PetraBand.com:
May 13, 2005
Petra Calls It Quits
After 30+ years of music and ministry, Petra is calling it a day. Read John Schlitt's official word at his Web site. There is an article about the situation posted on the front page of Petra Rocks My World, and an official announcement should be forthcoming from PetraBand.com. You can read Cathy's and my thoughts, along with the thoughts of others, on the Tributes page.
March 28, 2005
Ever hear the ORIGINAL Petra?
You know, the ones from THIS album? Well, the ORIGINAL Petra (minus Bob Hartman) are releasing a new CD as GHF. It contains some major vintage Petra! Read all about how to order it right here.
January 5, 2005
Petra plays Australia
On the heels of a successful tour in India, Petra is slated to play in Australia in March. Take a look at the AGMF 2005 Web site for more information!
November 22, 2004
New album in the works...
According to several reports from people who have spoken to the members of Petra at concerts, there is a new CD being written right now! No release date yet, of course (you'd want to actually record the songs before you decide on that!), but stay tuned right here for the latest as it develops!
August 4, 2004
Petra at Shoutfest!
Petra will be appearing on the "Shoutfest" festivals; current dates run throughout September. Visit Shoutfest.com for more details!
May 20, 2004
New interview with Petra
There's a new interview with Bob and John available at CMCentral. It's written by a longtime fan, Michael Janke, so there's some good stuff in there that an interviewer who wasn't as familiar with Petra might not have thought to ask... cool stuff!
May 1, 2004
Petra Reunion Concert
Check out this message from Bill Glover (one of the founding members of Petra):
April 5, 2004
TWO Petra lead singers on one CD!
Check it out... both John Schlitt and Greg X. Volz have solo cuts on this new CD!
This project is a who's who of Christian rock from the 80's and 90's... some other guest vocalists on it are Michael Sweet (Stryper), Jamie Rowe (Guardian), Paul Q. Pek (One Bad Pig), Ken Tamplin (Shout), Bob Carlisle (Allies), Mike Roe (77's), Scott Wenzel (Whitecross), Dale Thompson (Bride), Rick Florian (White Heart)... and more, including lead singers of some SECULAR bands! The Web site is http://www.3chordrecords.net/. It's a little weird to find the sample tracks; they're on the "media" page at http://www.3chordrecords.net/media.html.
February 17, 2004
Jekyll & Hyde En Español
Jekyll & Hyde is being re-voiced in Spanish!
Release date is April 20, 2004. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!
February 12, 2004
New single released from JAH!
The new rock single is "Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda". Contact your local Christian rock station and see if they have it, and make sure you request it on stations that are playing it... like ChristianRock.net! If you do hear it on the radio, let us know about it so we can thank them... and if you heard it and have something to say about it, leave your comments about the song for the world to see! (You can also read what other people had to say about the song.)
February 9, 2004
Jekyll & Hyde does not win the Grammy this year
JAH was beaten out by a worthy challenger: Audio Adrenaline's Worldwide. Which just means you're going to have to make another world-class CD next year, guys!
List of Winners
December 5, 2003
Jekyll & Hyde Nominated For Grammy!
Jekyll & Hyde has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rock Gospel Album! According to Grammy.com, "The 46th GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will again be broadcast in High Definition TV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. on the East and West Coasts."
December 2, 2003
"Petra Still Means Rock" - of COURSE it does!
Check out this new Christianity Today article:
...to find out why Bob left the road, why he came back, why Petra waited so long to rock again with Jekyll & Hyde, and who John found to play guitar "just like Bob!"
August 28, 2003
New Album, New Sponsored Tour!
The new CD is out, and response has been WONDERFUL! This thing rocks harder than anything Petra has released before. Don't forget to add your thoughts about the album to this site, or add it to your list of favorites! (If you haven't heard it yet, you can listen to the entire album online at PetraBand.com.)
ALSO: Visit the CCM Readers Choice Awards Ballot and vote for Petra!
And for those who would like to book Petra for a concert, there is a golden opportunity in the works for late this year! The following information is from Scott Huie at H2O Artists Agency:
PetraThis is a MAJOR BARGAIN for a show from Petra. Talk to pastors, youth pastors, and other interested parties in your area... get in on this while you can!
July 28, 2003
Preorders Jumping for Jekyll and Hyde
The sales rank for Jekyll and Hyde on Amazon.com is jumping! On July 26 the album was ranked #461,517 among all of their products... the next day it was #295,223... and by Monday it had reached #29,710! This is probably due in part to a short news announcement on MelodicRock.com on Sunday. Click here to see what the sales rank of Jekyll and Hyde is now!
June 27, 2003
Today is "Jekyll and Hyde" day!
Today, Friday June 27th, is the "add date" for the first rock single from the upcoming album, "Jekyll and Hyde." Call your local Christian rock station and ask them if they'll play it! Before you do so, though, do the following:
1. Listen to the song... it ROCKS!
If you hear the song on the radio, add it to our radio stations list! It'll give them some good exposure and we'll get a chance to thank them for doing the right thing!
June 24, 2003
Hear The New Single!
The new AC (Adult Contemporary, or "Pop") single from the upcoming album is available for fans to listen to... click here to listen to "Till Everything I Do"! (And if you haven't heard the title track (which is the first rock single) yet, click here to listen to "Jekyll and Hyde"!)
Also visit CCM Magazine's site and vote for Petra in the "CCM Survey"!
June 9, 2003
Inpop is asking for our help!
This message was posted by James Riley at Inpop Records:
Ok, so we want to show radio, press and retail how many Petra fans are out there and what they are already saying about the preview song. We want to be able to give some key people a spiral bound book of responses from fans so we need your help. We need an e-mail from everyone that has heard the song containing the following info:
- excitement over the song and anticipation of the new album
- how long you've been a Petra fan and if the excitement over this album is more then of albums past (especially recent albums)
-response from people that you played the song for. Ok, don't mention in the e-mail if you downloaded the song.
- Keep it brief and to the point, but do include all info you feel is necessary. We don't have time to edit all of these so the more to the point the better.
- Only send one e-mail because we want them all to be from different people.
- Title the subject "New Petra Album"
- Send e-mail to EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED
Thanks for doing that. This will be a HUGE help. I'm still getting responses from radio saying how much they like the new song but wondering if there is still a market for Petra on the air. I think this is ridiculous so that's why I'm going to show them the amount of sites out there as well as responses from fans. The more I can get the better so tell your friends. We'll also tell you when we hear that magazines and others are doing polls so we can all vote for Petra. Be sure and do the same to us if you see one that you haven't heard about.
June 5, 2003
Inpop News Release
PETRA TO RELEASE JEKYLL AND HYDE AUGUST 19
GUITARIST BOB HARTMAN RE-JOINS GROUP ON MOST AGGRESSIVE ROCK RECORD TO DATE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ‚ÄĒ Inpop Records Grammy and Dove Award-winning rock group, Petra, is set to release their 20th studio record, Jekyll and Hyde, on August 19. Petra‚Äôs founder Bob Hartman has re-joined the group for what is arguably their most aggressive rock record to date. Hartman, who wrote or co-wrote each of the ten songs on the project, will tour as Petra‚Äôs guitarist for the first time in over 7 years. Jekyll and Hyde is produced by Newsboy‚Äôs frontman and Inpop Records co-owner, Peter Furler. In addition to his role as producer, Furler adds his signature drumming to the collection of straight-ahead rock tracks.
‚ÄúIt seems odd to say that this record is our most aggressive rock record so far,‚ÄĚ states Petra lead singer John Schlitt. ‚ÄúFor years, our fans have been asking for an all-out rock and roll record. Jekyll and Hyde is just that, and we think it will have been worth the wait.‚ÄĚ Hartman adds, ‚ÄúIt may have been a few years since I‚Äôve been an active part of Petra, but my heart has never left. I‚Äôm more excited about this project than anything else I‚Äôve done and I can‚Äôt wait for people to hear it.‚ÄĚ
Jekyll and Hyde‚Äôs title track will serve as the project‚Äôs first single at Rock radio with a June 27 add date. ‚ÄúTill‚Äô Everything I Do‚ÄĚ will be serviced to AC/CHR radio approximately two weeks later. In addition to a national radio promotion campaign, Jekyll and Hyde will benefit from extensive fan promotions, including an online contest with a grand-prize of a guitar autographed by Bob Hartman and John Schlitt. Other elements of the marketing plan for Jekyll and Hyde include extensive retail catalog advertising and positioning, consumer advertising and a full publicity campaign.
‚ÄúI think almost everyone has a ‚ÄėPetra‚Äô story or can remember the first time they heard the band,‚ÄĚ comments Furler. ‚ÄúPetra has played a very important role in our industry, and laid some ground for all of us to walk. I respect them for their hard work, and have been personally impacted by the band over the years.‚ÄĚ
Petra was founded in 1972 and has sold over 7 million records over their 30+ year career. They have been the recipient of four Grammy Awards and ten Dove Awards, and in 2000, the group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The band is currently finishing work on Jekyll and Hyde and in the process of finalizing their summer and fall touring schedule.
June 2, 2003
New song available... take a listen!
While you're there, enter the contest to win a guitar signed by Bob Hartman and John Schlitt!
May 23, 2003
New Petra Album Title!
According to the 5/23/03 newsletter which now should be available at JohnWSchlitt.com, the new Petra album will be titled "Jekyll and Hyde", and the title song will be made available to download on June 2. This is the rocker, folks!
May 15, 2003
CCM Article About Quinton's New Band
Click here to read the CCM article about Quinton Gibson's new band, Strange Celebrity.
May 12, 2003
Louie Weaver's Statement
Louie's statement about his recent departure from Petra is now available right here.
May 2, 2003
John's May 1 Newsletter
As I promised, we have a message on Petra's new website for all you who have faithfully and patiently waited to hear from us.
The new site is petraband.com
There will be more information to come as Petra continues to reorganize, and as the website is added to and updated.
I know you've all been waiting a long time for an announcement, so again - thank you for your patience.
"We would like to thank you, our fans, which have stayed faithful for all these years. We are in the process of making many exciting changes concerning Petra and many of these changes will be announced to you as they unfold.
"Louie Weaver has been a faithful member of Petra for many years. Unfortunately the band and Louie have come to an impasse and he will not be performing with us any longer. We have all sought the Lord for a long time in prayer and council and feel that this is the Lord's will in this situation. We hold no ill feelings towards Louie and we wish him and his family all the best in whatever God's called him to next. Please, continue to hold us all in your prayers and thank you for your patience regarding this matter.
"Secondly, we are hard at work in the studio with Peter Furler making a classic Petra Rock Record. The record should be on sale sometime around August. We are trying to work out a way you guys, our most loyal fans can purchase the record before it goes to the bookstores.
"Thanks again for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you at a Petra show soon.
April 27, 2003
Quinton Gibson has left Petra!
Word from Q is that he is no longer handling guitar duties for Petra... he has moved on to a new band called "Strange Celebrity". Look for them soon playing a concert near you!
April 1, 2003
New Album: Newsboys connection?
Looks like there might be an interesting new twist or two on the upcoming rock album from Petra. From a message posted by an Inpop spokesperson:
Petra is currently in the studio with Peter Furler with an album that promises to be the rock album fans have been requesting for years. Early indications prove that it rocks!!!Does this mean Peter Furler (lead singer of and mastermind behind Newsboys) will be producing, co-writing, performing...? Stay tuned!
February 24, 2003
New album: release date?
According to this page at Gospelsite.net and this page at CMCentral.com, the release date for the upcoming Petra CD will be August 12, 2003. Stay tuned!
February 8, 2003
New album: announcement from Inpop
Here's the latest scoop from Inpop about Petra:
"The band is currently writing for a rock album due late summer. The fans spoke and the band listened. Everyone has been chomping at the bit for loud rock album from the group and they promise to deliver."
This confirms what John Schlitt said in his December 30, 2002 newsletter:
"Please keep praying for us; we are excited about the new record we‚Äôre working on ‚Äď Bob‚Äôs doing a lot of writing, the guys are starting to write for it also, and believe it or not ‚Äď I‚Äôm thinking about it myself!"
December 9, 2002
Petra in India
Petra is making headlines as the first known contemporary Christian artist ever to perform in India. The legendary band will be performing three shows: Thiruvalla in Kerala on December 12, and in Bangalore on December 15 & 16. With one of the largest national populations on earth, India is fresh ground for Christian artists like Petra who put ministry first.
Petra will also be hosting dinner on December 10 with 200 Indian fans who purchased special tickets. Petra's manager has indicated that the band is interested in returning to the Asian nation if this tour goes well.
October 18, 2002
Official 2003 Petra Calendars Are Available
Want to spend 2003 with your favorite Christian rock band? You can... buy the Official 2003 Petra Calendar! It has pictures of the band members and their families, photos from past tours, special dates from Petra's history right on the calendar... great stuff! Click over to this page to find out how to order. (NOTE: it's important to let Sue know if you intend to order... quantities will be limited!)
August 9, 2002
Next Album=possible indie?
Acording to Sue D on The Petra Zone, Petra is toying with the idea of recording a new, independent release! She said:
[John Schlitt] said to tell you all that Petra IS toying with the idea of another album, and they are in the process of writing it right now.The Webmaster of JohnSchlitt.com responded with this:
With this "Idea" of Petra cutting an album and doing the whole thing independent, I had a GREAT idea!
April 8, 2002
Petra Live Acoustic Set!
On April 3rd, Petra played several songs live and acoustic on Today's Christian Music, which is carried by a number of radio stations across the country... and now MP3 clips of the ENTIRE INTERVIEW are available to download from the "Audio" page at JohnSchlitt.com! You can hear live acoustic versions of the following songs:
Grave RobberThe interview is OUTSTANDING... all of the current members were playing on the clips except for Louie... Louie was there, but his drums weren't. And as a special treat... for the first time in many years, BOB HARTMAN was playing with Petra! If you've never heard John Schlitt sing the Greg X. Volz-era songs in the list, you're in for quite a treat.
February 19, 2002
Trent Thomason's Solo Project
From former Petra keyboardist Trent Thomason:
"Just wanted to give the latest 'scoop' on the solo project, Hold Out Your Hands. Firstly, the Official website is up and completely up-dated! We'll be doing some fine tuning here and there but it's a great place to check out the latest news:
"The album was released on Dec. 21, 2001 and has been picking up momentum both in Australia and the States. Liberty Productions have signed on as our booking agent in Europe so we hope to do a string of dates over there later this year! Audio samples, discography and information can also be found on their website:
And now Hold Out Your Hands is available for purchase online for only US $10.00! To order, visit:
February 8, 2002
Bob Hartman performing one date with Petra!
If you have heard any Petra in the past several years, you know that Bob Hartman is not currently performing with the live band, although He is back playing guitar on the new album, Revival. Well, I recently received this email:
Michael:This will be a historical performance for Petra, folks!
February 4, 2002
New singles are out!!
The new singles from Revival should be at radio stations by now, so call your local Christian station and see if they'll be playing one of them!
The Noise We Make (rock stations)Pick up the phone and call! It doesn't hurt to ask...
February 4, 2002
JohnSchlitt.com is online!
At long last, JohnSchlitt.com is ready for action! There are TONS of pictures, interviews, and audio clips to check out, and lots of other good stuff. Take a look!
January 29, 2002
Two New Members!
Please welcome to the stage... QUINTON GIBSON and GREG BAILEY! Read all about the two newest additions to the Petra lineup in my review of the recent Wichita, Kansas concert!
January 16, 2002
John Schlitt News
JohnSchlitt.com, the OFFICIAL John Schlitt Web site, will launch on John's birthday, Feb. 3 2002! There will be lots of John stuff and lots of Petra stuff too. Head over and sign up for the mailing list to be notified when the site is live!
AND: British Tour Coming Up!
December 20, 2001
Petra radio requests - your help is needed!!
(This is a post from one of the official Petra mailing lists...)
As you all know, Petra has been having a difficult time getting airplay for the single, "Send Revival."
Manager Kellie Seboa at Infinity Management has requested your help in getting airplay. This is what she says:
"We would like to encourage you and all of our fans to call the radio stations and request them to play Send Revival. We would like them to call five-ten times a day for the next few weeks if they can."
Yes, this will be a MAJOR pushand everyone is asked to help. Up until now, you've been instructed to be very nice and polite in your requestsand the radio stations have not been listening. NOW it's time to MAKE SOME NOISE!
The following stations are targeted CHR REPORTING stations. CHR = Christian Hit Radio format, which means their playlist consists of songs that are categorized somewhere between pop and rock.
Reporting stations are those that keep track of airplay and requests, and report in to various charting entities. These are key stations in getting the single on the charts, which in turn will generate familiarity, album sales, concert dates, etc. Often, once one station starts playing a song, the others will follow suit.
You are asked to call in to these placeseven if you are CLOSE to the particular station and don't get it in very well, or not at all. Just CALL. Ask for the person listed, and ask if they have put the single into rotation yet. If not, ENCOURAGE THEM STRONGLY to do so.
Throw caution to the wind, and CALL!
November 20, 2001
Coming to your town: REVIVAL!
Petra's new album Revival is now available! Buy it in your local Christian bookstore, and for a limited time you will also get a DVD containing a documentary of the band's history, from 1972 to the present!
ALSO: check out this cool article about Petra's past, present and future...
November 12, 2001
Petra on INSP
A "VH-1 Behind the Music"-style show about Petra will be airing on the INSP cable network on Friday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m. EST (click to convert to your local time). The show is called "Sound of Light with Petra". INSP is carried on many cable networks, as well as the satellite provider Sky Angel, and on satellite G1-17. For more information about INSP, see their Web site at INSP.com.
October 10, 2001
Newsletter from John
This is the newest newsletter from John... the official Petra site is having some trouble so I'm posting it here...
Have we been busy! We finished the latest Petra record, "Revival". It will be released Nov. 20th and we praise God for it! Nov.20th was the earliest it could be released.
After a coordinated decision process between the record company, Petra, and managment the first single was chosen. The single is the title cut, "Send Revival". This song is especially appropriate considering the turbulent and uncertain times our country and the world is experiencing.
As of Friday Sept. 21st the single was delivered to most radio stations in the country. If they aren't playing it, please request it! It's a message, we believe, for our nation and the world.
Please pray for it to be used to its fullest potential! Also please pray for doors to open for Petra's ministry--especially for the fall and next Spring---in whatever manner God leads.
Thank you again for your diligent support, patience, and encouragment in the past, present, and the future! God is faithful!
PS. As you have seen on Petra's site my church, Christ Community Church of Franklin Tn., has a new project out entitled "Renewal". It was a double blessing for me. First of all, my son-in-law, Dan Needham, and I co-wrote the song, "Ready to Go", together. Secondly, for this song to be part of a project with so many great artists that are giving their time and talents, as well, is a real honor!
October 2, 2001
Revival info at Petra Rocks My World!
I've been scooped! Josh Renaud has some great pre-release information about the upcoming Petra Praise III: Revival album at his "Petra Rocks My World" site.
September 28, 2001
Dorla says the single is OUT!!!
(from a post on The Petra Zone...)
Just got word from Dorla Schlitt that Petra's single was delivered Sept. 21 to most radio stations across the country.... that means it's OUR TURN to jump into action.
September 5, 2001
Revival song list!
This is the (probable) song list of the upcoming Petra Praise III album, Revival:
1. SEND REVIVAL
thanks to judarooski for sharing this information with everyone at The Petra Zone!
August 16, 2001
SINGLE FROM THE UPCOMING ALBUM AVAILABLE AT INPOP!
inpop records has done it again... they have posted an MP3 of the title track from the upcoming Revival album! Check it out:
Be sure you send an email to Steve at inpop and let him know if you enjoy the song!
August 10, 2001
More news about the new album
inpop records has posted a VERY POSITIVE news release about Petra's upcoming Revival album on their Web site. (You can find another copy of the same news release here.)
July 16, 2001
Petra has a new record label!
After a lot of waiting and speculation on the fans' part, Petra has been signed to inpop records, home of successful artists such as Phil Joel, Tree63, and Superchic[k]. They are scheduled to release a new "Modern Worship" album in November, tenatively titled Revival.
February 21, 2001
Double Take won the Grammy!
Double Take won the Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album! Check out the winners list right here!
January 29, 2001
Double Take nominated for a Dove award!
Double Take has been nominated in the "Rock Album of the Year" category for the 32nd Annual Dove Awards! Check it out right here!
(The 32nd Annual Dove Awards will be presented April 26th, 2001.)
January 26, 2001
Interview with John Schlitt available at PetraFanClub.com!
Sue Dempster did an interview with John Schlitt on January 9, 2001, that is now available in text and audio formats at http://www.petrafanclub.com/interviews/. It's a very candid, personal interview that discusses Petra's present and future. Check it out!
January 12, 2001
Double Take nominated for a Grammy award!
Double Take has been nominated in the "Best Rock Gospel Album" category for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards! Check it out right here!
(The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards will be presented February 21, 2001.)
January 8, 2001
Petra has a NEW Fan Club!
The new PetraFanClub.com has opened! In stark contrast to the old Petra Fan Club site, this one is controlled by John Schlitt himself, and the day to day operation of the site is handled by a personal friend of his. This won't be an out-of-date merchandise site like the last one was! There are newsletters that (wonder of wonders) actually WORK, lots of pictures of Petra, and a lot more great information! Check it out!
March 21, 2000
Pictures of Bryce Bell
Here are a couple of old pictures of Bryce Bell, who is handling keys for the spring Petra 2000 tour:
March 1, 2000
Double Take is in stores!
FINALLY! Double Take was released on Leap Day, February 29th, 2000! Read all about it on the Guide to Petra Double Take Page. It's INCREDIBLE!!!
In other news, Trent Thomason isn't going to be able to start touring with Petra quite yet. For the dates this spring, you can expect to hear temporary keyboardist Bryce Bell covering the lush Double Take orchestrations on keyboards.
January 17, 2000
New album (and new baby) on tap!
I'M SO EXCITED!!!!
Petra's long-awaited "acoustic greatest hits" album is about to be released! And after listening to the clips from the album, I'm REALLY EXCITED about it! To get the whole experience, you'll need to go through three stages:
IN OTHER PETRA NEWS:
Trent and Becky Thomason have a new baby! Bailey James Thomason arrived on January 15, 2000 at 5:30p.m.! He weighed in at 8lbs. 3oz. Bec and Bailey are doing great and will be home soon!
July 24, 1999
WOW... LOTS of news!
It has been WAAAAY too long since I've made any updates to this page! And there's LOTS of news to report!
October 22, 1998
an email from Kevin Brandow
Kevin wrote this message on October 19, 1998:
August 3, 1998
Kevin Brandow Solo Album
I don't know exactly how long it's been out, but I learned today that Kevin Brandow has made a solo album when he's not busy with Petra. It's called Pogostick, and you can find out more about it from Kevin's web site!
July 8, 1998
If you've read this page, you know that back in the late 80's, Bob Hartman and John Schlitt contributed their talents to a track on an album by Geoff Moore and the Distance. The album and the song are both called A Place To Stand, and the album has been out of print for a while now. But just recently I discovered that the song is once again available! It's on a compilation called Rock of 80's, Vol. 1 which also contains a lot of other great CCM rock from that decade. You should be able to pick it up at your favorite Christian bookstore, or you can get it by visiting Christian Book Distributors and typing "Rock of 80s" into the search box.
May 8, 1998
SOMEBODY'S GONNA PRAISE HIS NAME!
This message was posted on The Petra - The Rock & Roll God Gave To You message board on Friday, May 8, 1998:
March 25, 1998
More God Fixation news
Here's the track list from the upcoming album:
More audio clips here.
March 16, 1998
Message board message from Pete and Lonnie
This message was posted on The Petra - The Rock & Roll God Gave To You message board on Friday, March 13, 1998. I have no way of verifying the source, but also I have no reason to believe that it might not be what it says it is:
February 24, 1998
New Album... title and musical style
I have been told a number of times that the name of the new album will be God Fixation. The musical style is supposed to be "modern rock", meaning sort of funky acoustic-oriented stuff. It should be pretty cool!
November 21, 1997
New Album Coming Up!
According to reliable sources, including the official Petra web site, Petra has at this point finished the instrumental tracks for a new album, which is due out in Spring of next year. No album title yet, to my knowledge.
May 15, 1997
Petra Praise II: We Need Jesus is OUT!!!
...and so is my review of the album! (FINALLY!) The "my thoughts so far" page has been saved as well. And you can still check out this good stuff about it on the Official Site: