Skillet have announced a fall European tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Victorious” (out August 2).
11/06 Aarhus, DEN – Voxhall
11/07 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
11/08 Hamburg, GER – Docks
11/10 Berlin, GER – Huxleys Neue Welt
11/12 Wroclaw, POL – A2 – Wroclaw
11/13 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/16 Minsk, BEL – Prime Hall
11/18 Kyiv, UKR – Stereoplaza
11/19 Lviv, UKR – Malevich Club
11/20 Kraków, POL – Klub STUDIO
11/22 Budapest, HUN – Akvárium Klub
11/23 Budapest, HUN – Akvárium Klub
11/25 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
11/26 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
11/27 Brno-Královo Pole, CZE – Hala Vodova
11/28 Praha, CZE – Mala Sportovni Hala
11/30 Linz, AUT – Posthof
12/02 Munchen, GER – Tonhalle
12/03 Milano, ITA – Magazzini Generali
12/04 Zürich, SWI – Komplex 457
12/05 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
12/08 Köln, GER – Carlswerk Victoria
12/10 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
12/11 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
12/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/14 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
12/15 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
Skillet have officially revealed the cover art and track listing for their new album “Victorious.” That effort will be released on August 2 via Atlantic Records. If you missed it, the first single “Legendary” can be found HERE.
“Victorious” Track Listing:
02. “You Ain’t Ready”
04. “This Is The Kingdom”
05. “Save Me”
06. “Rise Up”
07. “Terrify The Dark”
08. “Never Going Back”
11. “Finish Line”
12. “Back To Life”
John Cooper commented:
“‘Victorious’ perfectly describes how the record makes me feel. You wake up, face your own demons every day, and never give in. There’s an introspective side to it. We might’ve commented on the world explicitly on previous albums. This one is about looking inward. Perhaps it’s because I’ve gotten a little older, and I’ve accepted struggle as part of the journey. When I listen to these songs, I want to fight for my life, I want to fight for who I am, and I want to fight for what I believe in.”
“‘Unleashed’ recharged us, and we returned to what we love about writing. It was tight and electronic hard rock. We wanted to keep the sound modern and pull in influences from hip-hop drums and keyboards, while staying riffy. ‘Victorious’ started there. Our confidence was sparked by the last record and all of the other projects. We were feeling prolific. We thought, ‘We can produce our own Skillet album.’ It lit a fire. Korey and I have produced in the past, but nothing quite like this. It’s a brand new season.”
Skillet have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Legendary.” This track is from the band’s new album “Victorious,” which will be released on August 2.
John Cooper told Billboard the following about the song:
“‘Legendary’ is kind of fun because it sounds like Skillet, but it’s actually a little different for Skillet as well. That opening guitar riff isn’t like anything we’ve ever done on guitar. It’s a little bit bluesy, a little bit rock. I thought it was cool.
The general message of ‘Legendary’ is to make your life count. You’re going to have a lot of hard things in your life. Sometimes it will get you down, but you need to make your life count. You are only here for so long on earth, so every day fight to be legendary.”
He also commented on the album:
“It’s the first time that me and Korey produced most of the record ourselves. When I was looking at what we did well on ‘Unleashed’, I thought it was a real energizing and fun record to listen to. That’s what a great Skillet record is — songs that make people want to put their fists up in the air at a concert or get them through a run or drive or whatever they are doing. So we set out to make a record that had a lot of emotion to it.
We got to really dig in and try anything we wanted to try, and that comes through in some of the intricacies of the production. It’s quite a musical record. I think it’s a little bit more musical than we’ve done in a long time.”
Skillet and Sevendust have announced a co-headlining tour. Pop Evil and Devour The Day will open.
08/11 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
08/13 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live!
08/14 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall
08/16 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
08/17 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn
08/18 Peoria, IL – Peoria Riverfront
08/20 Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom
08/21 Springfield, MO – Complex
08/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
08/25 Boise, ID – Revolution Center (no Pop Evil)
08/27 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory (no Pop Evil)
08/28 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
08/30 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort
08/31 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
09/01 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
09/02 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
09/04 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
09/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Ballroom
09/07 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater (no Sevendust)
During a recent interview with Backstage Entertainment John Cooper confirmed that Skillet are planning to release a new song in May. The track will serve as the first single from the band’s new album, which is set to be released this summer.
Cooper said the following:
“Just listened to mixes today as we speak. Got a few more… nitpicking, I guess, with the mixes. But they’re almost done. The record will be done any day now [and] released this summer. We have a single coming in May, and I hope it’s good. [Laughs]”
“Sometimes, when you work on a record for a long time, you do get kind of, like, ‘Okay, I thought this was good a year ago, and I hope it’s still good.’ But it’s unnerving, especially when you wait for three years. The longer you wait, the more epic it has to be — like waiting for a sequel.
“I’m very excited about the record. Me and Korey produced the bulk of it this time, which is the first SKILLET record we’ve produced the bulk of in a long, long time. So that’s pretty exciting for us.”
This news comes after the band recently performed two new songs live.
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: