Austin, Texas, USA
Ian Ripper front-man Lance Keltner was interviewed in the September 1985 issue of Heaven's Metal magazine. His other band Witness was recording music for Morada Records at the time. The article mentioned interest in the band from Epic, Atlantic, and Enigma Records. Lance described Ian Ripper as a Hard Rock version of U2, while Witness was more straight forward lyrically like Stryper.