Skillet recently filmed a video for the song ‘Back From The Dead’ from the band’s latest album, “Unleashed”, which came out last August via Atlantic.
Skilllet‘s John Cooper told Q103‘s Candace about the track and the video: “‘Back From The Dead’ was kind of funny. I wrote the song because when our last record came out, there was all this [talk about how] ‘Rock is dead,’ ‘It’s never coming back,’ ‘Nobody’s ever gonna like rock music again.’ And for people like you and me who make our living doing rock music, it’s annoying. And for people who come to see rock shows, they know it’s not even true. It’s ridiculous. So it was getting entirely annoying to me.”
He continued: “I was talking to a promoter of a concert. And this promoter kept… He was just [going] on and on about this new alternative band and the way music is going. And he was, like, ‘You really need to… You can add some things to your set that would be more like this band.’ So finally I said… I’d never heard of the band, which is not a good sign. And I said, ‘Well, how many seats did you sell?’ And he goes, ‘Well, we sold out.’ And I said, ‘Okay. How big was the venue?’ And he [goes], ‘It only held four hundred.’ We had two thousand people at the show [we were playing]. And I was, like, ‘Maybe they need to do things like me. Shut up.’ So I wrote a song about it called ‘Back From The Dead’, and it’s a little bit of a ‘screw you’ to everybody that’s saying [rock is dead].”
Cooper went on to describe the ‘Back From The Dead’ clip as “really fun.” He explained: “It was the biggest video [we’ve done]; we had about fifty cast members for the video, so it was quite fun. It’s got a really dirty feel to it. It’s very post-apocalyptic, ‘Mad Max’-ish, ‘Blade Runner’… that kind of vibe.”
Skillet kicked off a new round of tour dates on February 8 in Clifton Park, New York, featuring support from Sick Puppies and Devour The Day.
“Unleashed” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has sold more than 160,000 copies in the United States.
“Unleashed” marked Skillet‘s third visit to the survey’s Top 10, following the No. 2 debut of “Awake” in 2009 and the No. 4 landing of “Rise” in 2013. “Unleashed” also entered the Top Christian Albums chart at No. 1.
Our review of “Unleashed” can be found here.
Skillet‘s song ‘Feel Invincible’ recently became the band’s first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart.
‘Feel Invincible’ was the 25th Skillet song to hit the Christian chart in the survey’s 13-year history. The band previously peaked at No. 9 in 2007 with ‘Rebirthing’.
Jan 28 Praise Wave Concert Series Orlando, FL
“The Unleashed Tour” U.S. Dates
February 16th – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
February 17th – Sauget, IL – Pop’s *
February 18th – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater *
February 19th – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre *
February 22nd – Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Auditorium *
February 24th – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *
February 25th – Boise, ID – Revolution Center *
February 26th – Idaho Fall, ID – Idaho Falls Civic Center *
March 2nd – Billings, MT – Pub Station Ballroom *
March 3rd – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory *
March 4th – Seattle, WA – The Showbox *
March 5th – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom *
March 8th – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades *
March 9th – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater *
March 11th – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim *
March 12th – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee *
March 16th – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls *
March 17th – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater *
March 18th – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
March 22nd – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater *
March 23rd – Houston, TX – House of Blues *
March 24th – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex *
* Skillet, Sick Puppies, Devour The Day
# Skillet, Devour The Day
Mar 25 Miami Dade County Fair Miami, FL
May 07 Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC
May 19 Rock on the Range Columbus, OH
May 19 Peoria Riverfront Peoria, IL
May 21 Iroquois Amphitheatre Louisville, KY
May 26 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK
Jun 10 Rock the Park Charlotte, NC
Jun 11 The Bear’s Big Growl 6 South Bend, IN
Jun 15 Burlington Steamboat Days Burlington, IA
Jun 17 Wonder Jam Vaughan, Canada
Jun 22 SpiritSong Kings Island, OH
Jun 23 Lakes Jam Brainerd, MN
Jun 24 KingsFest Doswell, VA
Jul 01 Creation Festival Northeast Shirleysburg, PA
Jul 07 Lifest 2017 Oshkosh, WI
Jul 15 Creation Festival Northwest Kennewick, WA
Jul 22 Rise Above Fest 2017 Bangor, ME