Skillet’s John Cooper has apparently taken issue with Twitter for their decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account. The frontman believes the move will have an impact freedom of speech, even though Twitter is a private company that has the right to suspend accounts that cause harm.
Cooper said the following on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast:
“Look, I don’t follow Trump on Twitter. I’m not into it. Some people love it; some people hate it; some people are in between; whatever you are, censoring the president from Twitter, no matter what they’re saying…
People say all sorts of weird stuff on Twitter — all sorts of violent, inflammatory stuff. Look, I get it. But that is not gonna lead to somewhere good, and I think it’s got a lot of people really freaked out.
To me, that’s not the freakiest thing. The freakiest thing to me is all the subsequent things. I’m, like, wait a minute — what does this mean? If Twitter has the power to censor the president, what does that mean? I think that’s what people are freaking out about.
There’s tons of people that are conservative that don’t like Trump’s tweets. There’s tons of people that kind of wish he wouldn’t tweet so much. I don’t think that’s what people are freaked out [about]. I think people are, like, ‘Wait a minute. If they can do it to him, what does that mean for everybody else?’
Already, people are losing their jobs — it’s been on the news; I’m sure you’ve seen it — people are losing their jobs depending on what they have supported. Because, basically, the idea is that if you are conservative, then that means you support the violence; you’re responsible for the violence. If you are conservative, then you support the violence, which is a product of white supremacy now — is what they’re saying.
Freedom of speech is gonna be gone. I don’t know if you know, people are calling — even CNN and other famous people; we’re not talking about just nobodies; we’re talking about influential people in the cultural elite — calling for news sources to be yanked down. Even CNN is calling for Fox News to be yanked down from the cable stations. I don’t know what this is gonna mean.”
Skillet have premiered a lyric video for their song “Dead Man Walking.” This track is from the recently released deluxe edition of their latest album “Victorious.” That version of the effort, which is titled “Victorious: The Aftermath,” features eight bonus tracks.
Skillet will be playing two drive-in concerts at the North parking lots of the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The shows will be held on October 9-10 as part the venue’s Tailgate Series. Colton Dixon will open. Skillet’s John Cooper commented:
“It’s been tough to not rock out with our fans over the past five months, so we are psyched to do two shows in a row in Texas this October. Come rock with us, panheads!”
Skillet will be releasing a deluxe edition of their album “Victorious” on September 11. This version of the effort, which is titled “Victorious: The Aftermath,” will come with eight bonus tracks including two new songs, five reimagined songs, etc. You can find a reimagined version of “Terrify The Dark” below. You can also pre-order a package featuring “Victorious: The Aftermath” and the band’s new graphic novel “Eden II: The Aftermath” HERE.
Skillet have launched a new video game based on their recently released video for “Save Me.” Fans can play as any of the four band members as they gather dots and keys in a maze while also trying to avoid hazards related to the aforementioned clip.
Skillet have announced a winter headlining tour. From Ashes To New and Ledger will open.
02/06 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
02/07 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
02/08 Sioux Falls, SD – The District
02/10 Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls Civic Center
02/12 Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
02/13 Billings, MT – The Pub Station Ballroom
02/15 Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
02/18 Medford, OR – Medford Armory
02/19 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
02/20 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
02/21 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
02/23 Orange County, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
02/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
02/28 Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
02/29 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
03/01 Atlanta, GA – The Loft at Center Stage
03/04 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
03/05 Greensboro, NC – Piedmont Hall
03/07 North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
03/08 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
03/10 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/11 Portland, ME – State Theatre
03/13 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
03/14 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
“The message behind the song that is so important for our world is simply to live your life the way you think you should. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and don’t be afraid to go against the crowd.
You only have one life to live, so make it count for the things you believe and the people you love. That’s how you live a legendary life.”
“The video needed to be modern and even a little surreal. We are talking about our lives being the best versions of ourselves that we can be. But life is short, so don’t waste your time.
This has a certain metaphysical element to it — that we are living in the ‘right here right now,’ but then our lives will be over and all that’s left is what we stood for. That’s why I wanted the video to have a transcendental quality and tons of lighting effects to give being a supernatural quality to the song. And tons and tons of energy!”
He also added:
“‘Legendary’ felt like the right first single because it’s so high energy. It feels like a song that should be played in a stadium while your favorite team is winning. It’s energetic, positive, and inspiring. It’s what the world needs to hear right now.”
Skillet and Alter Bridge have announced a co-headlining tour. Dirty Honey will open.
09/22 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
09/24 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09/25 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
09/27 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
09/28 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live (no Dirty Honey) (with Brkn Love)
09/30 Toronto, ON – REBEL (no Dirty Honey)
10/03 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/05 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
10/06 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
10/08 Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live
10/10 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
10/11 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/13 Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
10/14 St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
10/16 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
10/17 Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
10/19 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
10/20 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
10/22 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
10/24 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
10/25 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
As previously reported, Skillet’s new album “Victorious” will be released on August 2, while Alter Bridge’s new album “Walk The Sky” will be released on October 18.