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April 18, 2007

Food for the Hungry teams with II Guys From Petra

"America’s favorite Christian band may have played their last concert, but the ministry and music of Petra lives on! Lead singer John Schlitt and founding member Bob Hartman have reunited to form II Guys from Petra. They are back with a vengeance – with a new praise & worship CD and a national tour. "Want the new CD? Want exclusive access to Podcasts from the Petra guys? Help an AIDS affected child and receive FREE the new Praise & Worship CD VERTICAL EXPRESSIONS as well as membership into the II Guys Club!"

January 2, 2007

John W. Schlitt: A Rock Star Redeemed

Story on CBN's 700 Club about John and Dorla Schlitt

March 8, 2006

JesusFreakHideout DVD review

A review of the video portion, including some personal thoughts about the band's history

March 8, 2006

Josh Renaud talks about the DVD

Josh at Petra Rocks My World gives his first impressions about the Farewell DVD

February 17, 2006

Petra Says 'Farewell' With Live DVD Release

Another DVD announcement, with the unmistakable ring of an unedited press release

February 17, 2006

Petra To Release DVD Of 'Farewell'

A blog that mentions the upcoming DVD release, and invites "my favorite Petra story" comments

January 5, 2006

Petra: The Ultimate Collection

This 2CD set compiled by founding member Bob Hartman documents the band’s long-lived career and includes songs like “Beyond Belief”, “This Means War”, and “More Power To Ya”.

December 7, 2005

Petra Looks Back at 33 Years of Christian Rock Ministry

An excerpt from the Christianity Today article.

November 24, 2005

'Faithful' fans witness Petra's strong 'so long'

From NewsOK, a review of the Enid show

November 22, 2005

Upon This Rock

Article in Christianity Today about Petra's history and legacy. Some pretty candid talk from John and Bob!

November 18, 2005

Petra retiring on the road

From The Enid News and Eagle - an article about the festival in Enid at which Petra will have one of their final U.S. appearances. The only time I can remember hearing the word "Magnificent" used to describe Petra.

November 14, 2005

Interview with John Schlitt

With some interesting questions... not the same humdrum that you see in every single other interview!

November 12, 2005

Christian band Petra reflects on 33-year career

A pretty good article that talks about Petra's final Oklahoma performance in Enid, OK

October 29, 2005

Petra Farewell show setlist

The way this is formatted it looks like maybe they got it from right here on the Guide... although we are not listed as their "Source." Oh well... maybe they got it from a post I made on The Petra Zone and that's why (although they didn't credit the Zone, either!)

October 20, 2005

Petra Farewell to Release November 22nd

CCM Magazine is carrying the press release from Inpop, too. (They're not particularly known for giving Petra an awful lot of coverage in the past 5-10 years!)

October 18, 2005

Rock Solid Ministry

Terrific article from the Springfield, MO News Leader. This isn't a rehashed press release! This is an actual article, with band quotes and everything!

October 18, 2005

December 30, 2005: Petra Appreciation Day for boggers

Christian blogger Tim Challies wants bloggers to post about Petra on December 30... check out his post to find out why.

October 18, 2005

'Petra Farewell' to Release November 22nd

CBN Music News has picked up the press release about the Farewell tour and CD!

October 17, 2005

Inpup news release at Jesusfreakhideout

Posted in their Sunday, October 16th, 2005 news section... it looks like Jesusfreakhideout has synthesized a couple of different sources to provide a really clear picture of what's going on in the Petra universe.

October 10, 2005

Pioneering rockers Petra bow out with live CD and DVD

Brief article that says that Petra recorded a CD. Nothing a REAL Pethead didn't already know, but it's nice to be noticed!

October 8, 2005

Petra paved way for Christian rock to hit mainstream

A nice editorial in the Huntsville Times from WAY-FM program director Tim Sinclair

September 24, 2005

Petra makes farewell CD/DVD

This is basically the Inpop news release about the CD which will be recorded October 4

August 12, 2005

Pioneer Christian rock group packing up

Article in the Grand Rapids, MI Press - This article has a LOT of really good, factual information about Petra in it, along with a hint of a possible final DOUBLE CD???

August 10, 2005

Petra in Yougstown, Ohio Site

This is the COOLEST site I've ever seen dedicated to a single concert! (Actually, this is probably the ONLY...)

July 22, 2005

World's Largest Christian Business Organization Hosts Top Speakers Through July 23

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Houston will have Greg X. Volz as one of their worship leaders

July 21, 2005

Christian rock band Petra announces retirement after 33 years

One-paragraph quick take on the Petra retirement on the top of a list of a lot of other newsy CCM stuff.

July 11, 2005

Petra Retires: Christian Rock Pioneers Say Goodbye After 33 Strong Years

Mostly echoes other recent articles that talk about the retirement, although it mentions more about Farewell June than I remember seeing elsewhere.

June 27, 2005

Petra calls it quits

A very basic article in The Baptist Standard

June 20, 2005

Petra Begins Booking For Farewell Tour

"While the scale of Petra’s Farewell Tour, which is scheduled to take place in October/November, is yet undetermined, the band is hopeful that the tour will reach worldwide proportions."

June 8, 2005

14 Proofs Of The Secret Connection Between Sci-Fi And CCM

This fun article mentions a bunch of Christian songs that have sci-fi imagery in them... Not of this World, anyone?

May 26, 2005

Veteran Christian Rock Band Petra Retires After 33 Years

Billboard Radio Monitor

May 24, 2005

Announcement at Petra's Official Site

FINALLY, after hearing John Schlitt's personal announcement last week, we have Petra's final (collective) word.

May 21, 2005

Petra Retires


May 19, 2005

John Schlitt: "I had a total peace"

Josh at Petra Rocks My World interviews John Schlitt about the plan to retire

May 18, 2005

Petra to Officially Retire as a Band


May 16, 2005

Petra to Fold

from Cross Rhythms

May 16, 2005

Petra to officially retire as a band

from CMCentral

May 13, 2005

Christian rock band Petra disbanding

From KRON-4 TV in California

May 13, 2005

AP story about the retirement

From WIBR TV in Knoxville

May 13, 2005

John Schlitt confirms the rumor

Straight from the horse's mouth: Yes, Petra will be retiring this year.

May 13, 2005

Christian rock band Petra disbanding

From WALB-TV in Georgia

May 13, 2005

Petra - It Is Finished

From The Christian Post

May 10, 2005


You heard right... according to a report on Petra Rocks My World, Petra will retire at the end of the year.

December 8, 2004

All Music Guide article about Christian Rock

This article mentions Petra a couple of times. An interesting side note that is NOT in the article is that the "roots" that King's X has in Christian Rock include Petra... two of the members of King's X very nearly joined Petra back in the early 80's. Wouldn't it have been interesting to hear what Petra's albums would have been like with 2/3 of King's X as members?

December 7, 2004

Petra Feels Mizoram is like Heaven

"Petra, the four Grammy award winning Christian rock band from the US, said that though remote and almost inaccessible, they found the hilly state of Mizoram heavenly."

December 1, 2004

Shillong rocks to the beat of 'Petra'

Shillong is in Northeast India... sounds like Petra had a great show there!

November 8, 2004

Iowa crowd is wowed by Petra

Newspaper write-up of a performance in Cresco, Iowa on October 19, 2004

September 29, 2004

Petra Plays Pineville

An article about the Shoutfest in Pineville, LA... with Petra as a focus of the story!

August 23, 2004

Festival offers more than music (Petra opens World Pulse Festival in Indiana)

If you were lucky you caught a few songs from this Petra performance on TV last Saturday. If you didn't, you can read a little about it here!

July 26, 2004

Book and CD Project To Commemorate Top 100 Songs in CCM

Petra appeared on the list in CCM Magazine in several places, and More Power To Ya will appear on the CD in the first installment of the book. And is the Jim Cooper in the article the same Jim Cooper who was once in Petra?

July 7, 2004

Avg. selling price of used Petra tapes rises to 96 cents on eBay

This one's just for a "Lark" (translation: read it and grin, but don't believe it!)

June 17, 2004

CCM Magazine: Meet the Producers

Although it is not mentioned in the article, Brown Bannister produced Wake-Up Call. Read this interesting article to learn quite a bit about a producer's role in the music recording process.

June 16, 2004

Petra Karaoke!

This is a pretty bare-bones site, but it does offer MIDI files of many Petra songs that are suitable for singalongs... if you like to sing along with just piano... (No, I don't know of these are just MIDI performances of the songbook transcriptions or not)

June 9, 2004

JesusFreakHideout review of Jekyll & Hyde

"Few bands have impacted the history of Christian music like the 70's rock band Petra has. It's been 30 years since the band has released their self-titled debut, and it's been an incredible run. In 2003, following a few worship records, the band answered the call of longtime fans crying out for a return to their glory days of rock n' roll with their release of Jekyll & Hyde."

May 24, 2004

A Decade of Difference

CMCentral's Michael Janke discusses the last ten years of CC, mentioning Petra a number of times

May 24, 2004

CMCentral Petra Interview (Michael Janke)

This interview was 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!

April 2, 2004

Tommy & Brian's TOP 5 Christian Rock Bands of all time

"By many accounts, THE defining band in Christian Rock..."

March 15, 2004

The Changing Face of Christian Music: 30 Years of New Sounds

"This group put the rock into Christian rock music."

March 10, 2004

Petra ushered into CCM Hall of Fame

"Petra literally means 'rock'--in Greek. But to many Christian music fans over 20, Petra is rock--'Christian rock,' that is." - CCM Magazine

March 5, 2004

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February 22, 2004

What's Lonnie been up to?

Ccmbuzz interviews the members of Tait, one of whom is Lonnie Chapin, bass player of Petra for a number of years. They mention briefly how Lonnie came to leave Petra and join Tait.

February 22, 2004

Pete Orta producing first album on Jaci's new label

Pete Orta played guitar for Petra for a number of years, and then left Petra to release a solo album and tour with Jaci Velazquez. Now Pete's producing the first album on Jaci's new label.

February 20, 2004

Strange Celebrity Parts Ways with Squint Records

Strange Celebrity is the band that ex-Petra guitarist Quinton Gibson left Petra to be a founding member of. After a single CD, they are leaving their record label.

February 20, 2004

Aging Rockers Pose as Teenagers to Hit Charts

Not specifically about Petra, but it's kind of funny... and it does raise the question "When is a band TOO OLD to be relevant to the listening public?"

February 18, 2004

Revival pre-release video at Street Week

Old news recently rediscovered... the pre-release promotional clip made for Revival is available on this page (scroll down to 11/26/01).

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