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Skillet

Postby Chris » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:25 pm

Skillet – 5pm on Friday, July 18

John Cooper – lead vocals, bass guitar
Korey Cooper – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Jen Ledger – drums, vocals
Seth Morrison – lead guitar
Jonathan Chu - violin (touring member)
Tate Olsen - cello (touring member)

Skillet formed in 1996 in Memphis as a Christian Rock band by bassist/vocalist John Cooper and guitarist Ken Steorts. They brought in drummer Trey McClurkin to record their self-titled debut album in 1996 on ForeFront Records. Two songs from that album reached #4 on the US Christian Rock chart. The trio released a 2nd album titled Hey You, I Love Your Soul in 1998. John’s wife Korey joined the band on tour for this album. Two songs went #1 on the Christian Rock Chart and two more made the top 10. Steorts left the band and was replaced by Kevin Haaland as they began work on a 3rd album, Invinciple. After its release in 2000, McClurkin left and was replaced by Lori Peters on drums. A live album, Ardent Worship, followed in 2000. Ben Kasica took over for Haaland and the band released Alien Youth in 2000. This album finally saw the band reach the Billboard 200 album chart, reaching #141. Collide followed in 2003 and reached #179 on the chart and #5 on the Top Heatseekers chart. The band would finally hit it big in 2006 with the release of Comatose, their first album with a real crossover appeal in the secular rock world. The album reached gold status, topped out at #55 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. “Rebirthing” was #1 on ChristianRock.Net’s weekly top 30 for 16 straight weeks and was #9 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. “The Last Night” reached #38 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, “The Older I Get” reached #27 on that chart, and “Whispers in the Dark” was the #1 most played song on Christian rock radio in 2008. Peters left the band in 2008 and Jen Ledger took her spot. The band released Comatose Comes Alive in 2008. Awake, the band’s 8th album, dropped in 2009 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album went platinum behind four top 20 US Mainstream Rock hits, led by the #4 “Monster” and #2 “Awake and Alive.” It was nominated for 6 Dove Awards. Kasica left the band in 2011 and eventually Seth Morrison took his place, setting the lineup that is still together today. The band’s latest album, Rise, was released in June 2013 and debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. Two songs, “Sick of It” and “Not Gonna Die” reached #9 on the US Mainstream Chart. The band will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam on Friday, July 18 at 5pm.

Did You Know?
Their album Awake was one of only 3 rock albums to go platinum in 2012.
The others were the Black Keys’ El Camino and Mumford & Sons’ Babel.
Fans of the band are known as Panheads.
Songkick.com gave the band a top 5 ranking in the category Hardest Working Bands of 2011.
Besides a Grammy nomination, Comatose also was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album in 2007.
The song “Monster” was used in a wide array of promos, from the NFL to WWE.
It’s popularity also led to it being used by marching bands.
“Awake and Alive” was on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Soundtrack in 2011.
“Comatose” won the Dove Award for Rock Song of the Year in 2008.
“Sick of It” won the Dove Award for Rock Song of the Year in 2013.
The band toured with Seether in 2007.
They have toured with both Christian Rock and secular Rock bands.
They have performed with past Moondance Jam veterans Halestorm and Theory of a Deadman.
Two musicians tour with the band. Jonathan Chu plays violin and Tate Olsen plays cello.
Skillet will be playing many European nations this summer, including, among others, Italy, Germany, and Russia.
The majority of the band’s setlist comes from songs that were popular on both Christian and secular rock charts.
The band has had 14 #1 songs on the Christian Rock Chart.
Eight of those have also reached the Mainstream Rock Chart.
“Monster” (#4) and “Awake and Alive” (#2) are their highest charting Mainstream Rock songs.
Four of their songs have reached the top 10 of the Mainstream Rock chart.

Album Charts
1996 Skillet (did not chart)
1998 Hey You, I Love Your Soul #25 US Christian Chart
2000 Invincible #13 US Christian Chart
2001 Alien Youth #141 Billboard 200, #4 US Christian Chart
2003 Collide #179 Billboard 200, #9 US Christian Chart
2006 Comatose #55 Billboard 200, #4 US Christian Chart (Gold)
2009 Awake #2 Billboard 200, #1 US Christian Chart (Platinum)
2013 Rise #4 Billboard 200, #1 US Christian Chart

Singles Charts
2000 Best Kept Secret #1 Christian Rock
2000 Invincible #7 Christian Rock
2000 You’re Powerful #1 Christian Rock
2001 Alien Youth #1 Christian Rock
2002 Kill Me, Heal Me #2 Christian Rock
2002 Vapor #2 Christian Rock
2003 The Thirst is Taking Over #18 Christian Rock
2003 Will You Be There #19 Christian Rock
2004 My Obsessoin #2 Christian Rock
2004 Savior #26 Christian Rock
2004 Open Wounds #2 Christian Rock
2005 Under My Skin #3 Christian Rock
2005 Collide #6 Christian Rock
2006 Rebirthing #1 Christian Rock
2006 Whispers in the Dark #1 Christian Rock, #34 US Mainstream Rock
2006 The Older I Get #1 Christian Rock, #27 US Mainstream Rock
2007 The Last Night #1 Christian Rock, #38 US Mainstream Rock
2008 Live Free or Let Me Die #3 Christian Rock
2008 Those Nights #1 Christian Rock
2009 Hero #1 Christian Rock, #15 Mainstream Rock
2010 Monster #1 Christian Rock, #4 Mainstream Rock
2010 Awake and Alive #1 Christian Rock, #2 Mainstream Rock
2010 Forgiven #1 Christian Rock
2011 Lucy #21 Christian Rock
2011 It’s Not Me, It’s You #11 Mainstream Rock
2011 One Day Too Late #9 Christian Rock
2013 Sick of It #1 Christian Rock, #9 Mainstream Rock
2013 Not Gonna Die #1 Christian Rock, #9 Mainstream Rock

Setlists

May 17, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC
Hero
Sick of It
Whispers in the Dark
Better Than Drugs
Not Gonna Die
Awake and Alive
Those Nights
Rise
The Last Night
Savior
It’s Not Me, It’s You
American Noise
Guitar/Drum Solo
Circus for a Psycho
Monster
Cello/Violin Solos
Rebirthing

April 27, 2014 in Sioux City, IA
Hero
Sick of It
Whispers in the Dark
Better Than Drugs
Comatose
Awake and Alive
Those Nights
Rise
The Last Night
Savior
Not Gonna Die
Monster
Cello/Violin Solos
Rebirthing

My Take
I had no idea that Skillet had a Christian Rock background when they signed to play Moondance Jam. I had heard several of their songs on our local rock radio station (98.9 The Rock!), and they fit right in on that station. You may ask how I didn’t know they were Christian? To tell you the truth, I rarely listen to what the lyrics say in a song. It drives my wife crazy as she has to know what every song is about. Me, I just want the band to sing with emotion and I’m good. Music, especially a live performance, is all about emotion for me and it will be hard to find a band that plays with more emotion than Skillet. Just listen to some of the songs below and you will know what I am talking about. I have yet to hear a bad song by the band and I especially like the songs when both John and Korey Cooper sing (yes they are husband and wife). They both can sing but I really dig a female voice in a good rock band (Halestorm anyone?). I own their Comatose album and I like every song on it. Give the first six songs below or so a listen and my guess is most of you will enjoy what you hear. My sons’ guitar teacher, who I highly respect in the music department, gives a strong endorsement for Skillet as they are one of his favorites. He says their live show is one of his favorites, especially their light show (which we won’t see due to the 5pm start time) and when they play the violin and cello. They have quickly moved up my rankings of bands at this year’s jam. If you are worried about the Christian angle of the band, don’t be. My guess is, unless you listen to every word of every song, you won’t realize they come from a Christian background. Just be like me and enjoy the emotion coming from the stage. I will be in front if you want to join me.

Videos
Monster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjlM_RnsVE
Rebirthing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTbKorqc56o
Hero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGcsIdGOuZY
Sick of It http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHzU-9iozmo
Whispers in the Dark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B58OBfM-8A4
Better Than Drugs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYS-cc8POE0
Not Gonna Die http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgmpWkUcpjo
Awake and Alive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aJUnltwsqs
Those Nights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuheuIDqo6c
Rise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk0Sr0C3yYM
The Last Night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP0Ne9aW7UI
Savior http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED85HCnM6bY
It’s Not Me, It’s You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWofQTAhUKA
American Noise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyvMtQaphkI
Circus for a Psycho http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utfex53BL0c
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Re: Skillet

Postby kato » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:20 am

I bought their first album back in 1996 and it was great. Saturn is actually my favorite tune of theirs. Totally different sound back in 96 then today. Should be a great show! :D
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Re: Skillet

Postby gopherboy6 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:59 pm

Drummer sings on a lot of songs too and has a very cool voice.
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Re: Skillet

Postby The TyGuy » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:37 pm

I had no idea they had so many albums out before "Awake". I didn't even know who they were until Ty Gal asked if I wanted to go see Skillet a few years ago. After seeing them I found their "Awake" cd and bought it. Save me a spot up front and I'll join you.
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Re: Skillet

Postby Chris » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:05 pm

The TyGuy wrote:I had no idea they had so many albums out before "Awake". I didn't even know who they were until Ty Gal asked if I wanted to go see Skillet a few years ago. After seeing them I found their "Awake" cd and bought it. Save me a spot up front and I'll join you.


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Re: Skillet

Postby Lisa! » Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:16 pm

Great review, as usual, Chris! I'm looking forward to them now--especially find it cool that they have violin & cello!! I'm going to call you Mr. Emotion now, tee hee! Like Linda, I love to know words to songs as lyrics can be very cool! I think my other favorite part of this review is that Skillet's Fans are known as Panheads. A song titled "Rebirthing" is interesting as well!
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Re: Skillet

Postby Doug » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:59 pm

I just watched a few of their videos, checked out their biographies. I've known who they were for a couple years. The more I learned the more excited I am to see them. In fact, if I were to win a meet n' greet pass this year, I would choose to use it on this band. Sure, there's a couple ladies, but they seem like cool people. I checked out their website, and looked at some of Jen's Instagram pics. Going for a bike ride with her friend, playing tennis, hanging out with her mom, etc. Sweet and wholesome looking when not dressed for the stage, a far cry from what one might expect as a drummer in a rock band.
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