Having just finished up the fifth week of the Unleashed Tour, hard rockers Skillet played to a sold out standing room only crowd Saturday night March 18 at the Fillmore in Denver, Colorado. In fact this tour venue had a smaller location but was moved to the lager Fillmore because the demand on the tickets was so high it sold out shortly after being announced.
After individuality taking the stage, the band which includes vocalist and bass player John Cooper, guitarist Korey Coper, guitarist Seth Morison and drummer Jen Ledger bursted into their newer single “Feel Invincible” followed by ‘Whispers in the Dark” then right into “Sick of It”. After a brief pause in between songs, Cooper spoke to the crowd and explained that he gets asked every show if Skillet is a “christian band”. His answer was a sound “Yes” and spoke openly about a positive message of inclusiveness and hoping that their live shows embrace a variety of beliefs not only christian.
The band delivered a hard driving set of songs that fans would expect covering a string a songs from their last hit three albums. Rock anthems “Rise”, “Hero”, and “Comatose” kept the crowd fist-pumping, jumping up and down, and singing along. Having released a new album Unleashed last August you would expect the band to play some new songs. The new songs which included their new single/video “Back From the Dead”, “Undefeated”, and “Out of Hell” were performed flawlessly and fit into the flow of the show.
Besides being a vocalist Cooper is very skilled at keeping the crowd engaged with story telling transitions into songs. An example was the inspiration for the song “Those Nights”. Cooper mentioned his love of Headbangers Ball on MTV in the 1980’s. He would stay up late for hours waiting for a rock video like Metallica to come on. Cooper said “MTV used to suck so I wrote a song about it”. A highlight of the night was when a couple in the crowd got engaged during the song “Stars”. It was pointed out to Cooper after the song and he acknowledged the couple and told them that “Skillet loves you”.
The high energy rock show ended just as it started and left fans and families satisfied. If rock and roll was a sports game hard rockers Skillet would be indeed UNDEFEATED.