Skillet makes their music the biggest talk. This is where the Quartet has solidified its position as one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century.
The Wisconsin-based quartet stops in Billings on Thursday, March 2, as part of its Unleashed Tour, with openers Sick Puppies and Devour the Day. Tickets for the all-ages, 8 p.m. show at the Pub Station Ballroom are $38.
Selling over 11 million units worldwide, Skillet — John Cooper (lead vocals/bass), Korey Cooper (guitar/keys), Jen Ledger (drums/vocals), and Seth Morrison (lead guitars) — have been nominated for two Grammy Awards and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified “Awake.”
Their double-platinum single “Monster” was “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.” 2013’s “Rise” bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from USA Today, New York Times, Revolver, Loudwire and other media outlets.
The group’s ninth full-length album, “Released”, saw them put all the sounds, amplifying their signature hypnosis in all aspects of the sound. Psychic Muse, Cooper immediately began to write a few months after the “rise” of the shelves.
“By the time Rise came out, I could take a little bit of a breather and experience it,” he explained. “I remember thinking, ‘This feels important to me, but I need something a little more urgent.’ I didn’t want whatever we did next to be so emotionally heavy. I wanted to make a record that made people feel the music — an album that would connect people to the music as well as to each other. An album, like some of my favorites, that’d be like a party to listen to, where people could sing along, together.”
This is an amazing journey, Cooper said. “The fans, the pots, mean everything to us, they’re the reason we’re here, they show us what they are, we want to give them back ‘energy’.”