During their March 15 show in Saginaw, Michigan, Skillet performed two new songs, reportedly titled “Rise Up” and “Dead Man Walking.” You can see footage of that below. As previously reported, Skillet drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger is missing several shows due to scheduling conflicts and Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf) is currently handling her vocal parts.
As previously reported, Skillet drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger is missing several shows due to scheduling conflicts. During her absence, Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf) has been handling her vocal parts. You can see footage of the band performing with Sturm during their March 15 show in Saginaw, Michigan below:
Skillet have teamed up with Z2 Comics to create “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel.” The book is based on an original story by frontman John Cooper and it will be released in late summer. The singer is working on the book with writers Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters and artist Chris Hunt.
“I am beyond thrilled about ‘Eden.’ It has always been a dream of mine to create a comic. Comics are still an important part of my life today and I can now share that love with my children with the release of this book. In many ways, this graphic novel is a natural extension of SKILLET’s career. It is about perseverance, unlikely heroes, and faith in what you believe. I hope that the fans love it.”
Josh Frankel, CEO of Z2 Comics, added
“We are very excited to join forces with John Cooper and the entire SKILLET team to create ‘Eden.’ This unique story idea and John’s innate love of comics made this a natural partnership for us. We can’t wait to share this with the world. This further cements Z2 Comics’ reputation as the premier home for artists, musicians and their exclusive graphic novel projects.”
Here’s a description of the comic:
“The story of “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” follows the two main characters of John and Korey (based on the real-life Coopers). To save their family and town, they must uncover the mystery of what lies behind the dreams of a prophecy that threaten to consume them. They set out on a quest that will take them through the barren wastelands and gleaming cities of a near-future Tennessee. Bandmates Seth Morrison and Jen Ledger are also focal characters in the story about survival, determination and strength of personal beliefs.”
“Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” will be available as a standard edition and as a deluxe edition. The deluxe version, which is limited to 1000 copies, is autographed by Cooper and it will come as a large, coffee table bound edition with four exclusive prints.
Skillet frontman John Cooper has launched his own podcast called “Cooper Stuff.” It will be available via YouTube, iTunes, etc. and the first episode can be found below:
“In many ways the social media world has created an angry culture where people are constantly screaming at each other over philosophical, theological or political differences,” explains Cooper. “I meet people who are honestly confused about how to live and how to be a good person. People wonder if it’s more virtuous to love and accept someone they disagree with, or to stand up and scream at someone they disagree with.
I started the ‘Cooper Stuff’ podcast for multiple reasons — it’s a more in-depth look for the fans into who I am and what I think, but it’s also meant to be comic relief for an increasingly angry and stressed out world. I want to talk about living life in a really simple way. I want to share the Biblical foundations for the reason I hold these beliefs. It’s not actually that complicated to be civil to those who disagree with you — to be fair and honest — and to treat others the way you want to be treated, all while seeing the brighter side of life.”
Skillet drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger will be missing some of Skillet’s upcoming shows with Breaking Benjamin due to scheduling conflicts related to the “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular,” where she will be a featured artist. During her absence, Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf) will be handling her vocal parts. The band will also be joined by a fill-in drummer as well. Here’s the dates with Sturm singing:
03/15 Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
03/21 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
03/23 La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center Arena
03/29 Mankato, MN – Verizon Center
03/31 Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center
It looks like Skillet will be releasing a new album in summer 2019. John Cooper confirmed the news to Consequence Of Sound and also said he thinks its “going to be a bit heavier.”
Cooper said the following:
“It’s been so crazy. As of seven weeks ago, we were supposed to be releasing a brand-new Skillet record in October. And six months before that, we had planned to release the new album this past January. Now, we’re not going to release it until next year. Jen (Ledger, the drummer for Skillet) has a new solo project, Ledger, and we want to give her time to build her brand while keeping Skillet alive. It’s a juggling act. My wife Korey and I worked on Jen’s record, and it’s an awesome record. So, we decided that with Jen’s project and everything else going on, we’re going to wait on the Skillet record, even though we’re about 70% done with it. When we decided to wait, I made the move to release my Fight the Fury EP now. Then, we’ll come hitting hard with Skillet in the summer. Next summer is the plan for the new Skillet album to come out, because the record is almost done.”
He also added the following when asked about the musical direction:
“It’s probably too early to say, but I will say this: A year ago, we released an extended version of our Unleashed album, and on there, there’s a song called “Breaking Free”, which people said they liked and sounded heavy for Skillet. It’s a song that I produced on my own, because I wanted Skillet to have a little more teeth. I do think the new album is going to be a bit heavier, but we’re going to have those arena anthems and also some duets with Jen and me, which our fans love. I’m excited for it.”
Skillet have announced a 2018 tour with for KING & COUNTRY. Check out the dates for that run below.
04/12 Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center
04/13 Dodge City, KS – United Wireless Arena
04/14 Topeka, KS – Kansas Expocentre
04/15 Kearney, NE – Buffalo County Fairgrounds
04/19 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
04/20 Edinburg, TX – HEB Park
04/21 San Angelo, TX – Foster Communications Coliseum
04/26 Carbondale, IL – SIU Arena
04/27 Port Huron, MI – McMorran Arena
04/28 Muskegon, MI – Walker Arena
04/29 Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
05/03 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Civic Center
05/04 Jacksonville, FL – TBA
05/05 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
05/06 Miramar, FL – Miramar Theater