‘Skillet’s’ ‘Rise’ Cracks U.S. Top 5, European Tour With ‘Nickelback’


Skillet Rise cover art“Rise”, the new album fom the two-time Grammy-nominated rock band Skillet, sold 60,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The CD’s explosive start was fueled by the success of a four-song rollout at iTunes which saw the first two tracks, “Sick Of It” and “American Noise”, both hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Songs chart (and at one point, were No. 1 and 2 on the chart), while the third and fourth-released songs,“Rise” and “Not Gonna Die”, each shot to No. 2. The band has also been building momentum with radio promotion, a social media blitz and festival show performances. The past two weeks Skillet hosted their first-ever VIP fan events titled “Road To Rise” in Nashville and Chicago. TheChicago Sun-Times heralded the event stating that it “redefines the VIP experience.” In the digital world, the platinum-selling band did an exclusive album stream and podcast premiere with Billboard, video premieres with Revolver and Guitar World and a song premiere with USA Today, to name a few. The high media profiles lead up to the band’s late night debut on “Conan” on July 11.

Skillet has become increasingly deft at straddling the tricky line between faith-based idealism and secular universality,” wrote Billboard. “‘Rise’ takes the balance a step further, mixing new sonic flavors into the group’s hard-rock bombast.” USA Today gave the album 3 out of 4 stars,People praised the band for “taking their hard rock to higher ground,” and Loudwire gave “Rise” 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, “the songwriting has more depth, there’s added diversity and plenty of potential hit singles.”

Following recent performances at several major festivals, including Rock On The Range and RocklahomaSkillet [vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison] are gearing up to hit the road with Shinedown on the upcoming Carnival Of Madness tour. Kicking off August 13 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, the tour will also feature Papa RoachIn This Moment and We As Human. As previously reported: They’ll follow by heading overseas in oct/nov. for their first-ever tour with Nickelback, a month-long jaunt that will see Skillet playing Milan, Paris, Vienna, London, and many more.

Upcoming Shows:
Jul 04 Summerfest 2013, Milwaukee, WI
Jul 12 Festival d’Eté de Québec, Québec, Canada
Jul 13 Lifest 2013, Oshkosh, WI
Jul 20 Sonshine Festival, Willmar, MN
Jul 21 Rock Fest 2013, Cadott, WI
Jul 27 Krochathon, Syracuse, NY
Jul 28 Divots Conference Center Norfolk, NE
Aug 01 Sweetwater County Fair Rock Springs, WY
Aug 03 Soulfest Gilford, NH
Aug 04 Musikfest Bethlehem, PA
Aug 07 Kubana Festival Anapa, Russian Federation
Aug 10 Wild Adventures theme Park, Valdosta, GA
Aug 11 Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ


‘Carnival Of Madness’
Aug 13 Jacobs Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
Aug 14 Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug 17 PNC at Riverbed, Cincinnati, OH
Aug 18 US Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington, IL
Aug 20 First Niagra, Burgettstown, PA
Aug 21 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Aug 23 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug 25 US Cellular Coliseum, Cedar Rapids, IA
Aug 27 DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, MI
Aug 28 Tags, Big Flats, NY
Aug 30 Verizon Wireless, Charlotte, NC
Aug 31 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
Sep 01 The Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
Sep 06 Night of Joy, Orlando, FL
Sep 07 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis, Maryland Heights, MO
Sep 08 Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 10 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Sep 12 Spokane Country Interstate Fair, Spokane, WA

Sep 14 Discovery Park, Sacramento, CA
Sep 15 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
Sep 18 Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Puyallup, WA
Sep 21 Six Flags Fiesta Texas , San Antonio, TX
Oct 08 The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CA


‘The Hits’ tour
Oct 26 Le Zenith Nantes Metropole, Saint Herblain, France
Oct 29 Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy
Oct 31 Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
Nov 02 Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Nov 04 O2 Arena, Berlin, Germany
Nov 05 SAP ARENA, Mannheim, Germany
Nov 07 O2 arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Nov 08 Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Nov 10 Hallenstadion , Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 11 Konig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
Nov 13 Forum Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Nov 14 Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Nov 15 Scandinavium, Goteborg, Sweden
Nov 18 Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 20 Bercy, Paris, France
Nov 21 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Nov 23 Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Nov 24 O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom
Nov 26 Hydro Arena, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 27 Leeds Arena, Leeds, United Kingdom

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Video below “Sick Of It”

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‘Skillet’ Scores 4th Consecutive Top 10 Mainstream Active Rock Hit With ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ [Nov. 2011]
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Some Thoughts From ‘Skillet’s’ Drummer ‘Jen Ledger’ [March 2012]
‘Skillet’ Previews New Song ‘Sick Of It’ Urging Fans to Post Photos, New Tour Dates [March 2013]
 ‘Skillet’ Releases Teaser Video For New Single ‘Sick Of It’, New Tour Dates [April 2013]
‘Skillet’ Releases Lyric Video For ‘American Noise’ [April 2013]
 ‘Skillet’ To Support ‘Nickelback’ On ‘The Hits’ European Tour [July 2013]

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