Skillet to fire up crowd at Huntingon CenterWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Panheads, pull together! Skillet fans are answering the band’s call to “Rise”:
Our future’s here and now…
It’s our time to change it all
Rise in revolution
Unite and fight to make a better life
With “Rise,” which won the Loudwire Music Award for best rock album of 2013, the Christian quartet confronts the chaos of life and finds comfort in a full metal assault — and faith and love.
“We did not set out to make a concept record,” John Cooper, lead vocalist and bassist, said. “I worked for about three years on the record, and I wrote about 70 songs. When we finally chose the 15 that we were going to record, as we were recording, I just noticed these songs had a thread running through them.”
Consider “Sick of It,” which received the 2013 Dove Award for rock song of the year.
“I will say that lots of songs on the record were kind of born out of this overwhelming feeling of all the terrible things happening in the world, and ‘Sick of It’ was especially a song in that way after another one of these school shootings,” Cooper said.
“No one can make this better/ Take control, it’s now or never/ Are you sick of it/ Raise your hands/ Get rid of it/ While there’s a fighting chance/ Are you over it/ Bored to death/ Have you had enough regret/ Take a stand,” Cooper sings in the driving track.
“Not Gonna Die,” Skillet’s latest single, is an us-against-the-world song, he said.
“I write a lot of songs with that message because my story is like that. A lot of Christian people would like to see Skillet become a lot more overtly Christian and put a Jesus message in our songs where we say the word ‘Jesus,’ and they’d like us to be a little more praise- and worship-oriented,” the singer-songwriter explained.
“On the other side, we have a lot of people who say you can’t be a Christian and play rock ‘n’ roll music. It’s just not cool; you need to not talk about this Jesus thing at all.
“So we have a lot of pressure from different sides to be someone else. And I’m always very clear about who I am and that is that I am a Christian; it’s the most important thing in my life, but I love rock music and singing about my faith in ways that are open to interpretation, and I like being who I am.”
“Good to be Alive,” another track from “Rise,” is a reminder to take solace in simplicity.
“I think that’s kind of the most feel-good song on the record,” Cooper said during a call from a tour stop in Fresno, Calif.
“It’s just such a simple message that yes, there’s all these terrible things going on, sometimes we get caught up in the stresses of life and relationships, we worry about things and we forget that it is simply just good to be here, it’s good to be with people that you love, and it’s good to have just good relationships, good to be alive.”
Skillet — Cooper, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Korey Cooper, guitarist Seth Morrison and drummer and vocalist Jen Ledger — will bring that searing sound and uplifting message to the Huntington Center for a 7 p.m. show Feb. 27. Also appearing will be Third Day, We As Human, Jamie Grace and Peter Furler. Tickets range from $33 to $97.
“Live shows are great because it gives you the chance to see how your music is impacting people. When you’re at a concert and people are all singing the song, you know, they’re not going to waste their breath on something they don’t feel if they don’t relate to it,” Cooper said.
“And when you’ve written something that’s meaningful and powerful to people, they’re singing it back to you.”