Skillet And Sevendust Conquer The ‘Victorious War’ In Denver [Review + Photos]


Skillet and Sevendust are currently in the middle of their co-headling ‘Victorious War Tour’ that concludes in September. The tour made a stop along with Devour The Day and Pop Evil Friday night at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Colorado.

Tennessee’s Devour The Day and Michigan’s Pop Evil opened the show separately and successfully jolted the audience.  Both bands stuck to their hits with Pop Evil’s vocalist Leigh Kakaty being joined by Devour The Day’s vocalist/guitarist Blake Allison at the end of Pop Evil’s set to perform “Trenches.”

Sevendust was up and elevated the intensity fans have come to expect from these metal pioneers. The dual guitar assault of Clint Lowery and John Connolly kept pounding the crowd in the chest while drummer Morgan Rose slapped down the thunderous tempo. The band flawlessly delivered set favorites “Trust”, “Denial”, and “Black.” Lead vocalist Lajon “LJ” Witherspoon has a powerful stage presence and synergy with the audience.  There were many moments of first pumps, smiles, and an outpouring of love. Witherspoon joked about the disco ball and wondered if it could actually be turned on before dedicating an acoustic version of “Angel’s Son” to friends and family who have passed away.  The ‘All I See Is War’ tour is winding down and Sevendust hopes to share new music in 2020.

After individuality taking the stage, the band which includes vocalist and bass player John Cooper, guitarist Korey Cooper, guitarist Seth Morison and drummer Jen Ledger detonated into opener “Feel Invincible” followed by “Not Gonna Die”. It would only take a brief pause for the band to highlight songs from their newly released album “Victorious.” First up was the fiery “You Ain’t Ready” then the newly crowned anthem “Legendary.” The rest of the set contained songs that fans would expect at a Skillet show. The hits “Whispers In The Dark”, “Hero”, and “Comatose” kept the crowd fist-pumping, jumping, and singing along. Cooper paused the show toward the end and talked about an interview he had before the show. The person conducting the interview has a son who just found out about a student at his school had committed suicide. Cooper dedicated the song “Victorious” to ten year old Henry in attendance and explained that he wrote this song specifically to offer hope to anyone who is battling metal illness.

The Mission Ballroom just opened two weeks ago and the ‘Victorious War Tour’ was the first rock show to be held at this venue. If this show is any indication, there will be plenty more rock shows and satisfied fans eager to return again.