Skillet’s John Cooper: I’ve Got 30 or So Tunes Written for a New Album

2012-01-25

Story by Anne Erickson

Hard rock band Skillet kick off their latest tour this week

Skillet prove that Christians, indeed, can rock. The Memphis-based hard rock band’s latest full-length, “Awake,” is nearing 900,000 copies sold, and the album’s hit single, “Awake and Alive,” was the first song to ever hit No. 1 on the active rock chart featuring a female vocalist.

Skillet frontman John Cooper says the band couldn’t be happier with the way the past few years have turned out. “We are honored, blessed, thrilled, thankful – all of those things and more for what’s been happening to us,” Cooper told Noisecreep. “It’s hard to describe sometimes what it feels like but trust me, it is all good.”

Part of Skillet’s heavy-hitting mission, Cooper says, is to bring positivity with their hard rock shows. “… There [are] a lot of negative things in the world today, a lot of ugliness and so we look at our music as a chance to put something positive out there,” he said. “Not to preach to fans, but rather to just balance things a little with music that has some positive meaning and values.”

For fans wondering when Skillet might crank out some new tunes, Cooper assures them the wait isn’t long. “I’ve got about 30 or so tunes written,” he said, “and I have plans to get about another 20 written on top of that before we start picking the best ones. I’m really liking a few of these so I’m sort of anxious to get everyone back in the studio as soon as the tour wraps. Then of course, this summer we will be back on the road.”

Skillet 2012 Tour Dates:

1/26 — Reading, PA @ The Sovereign Center
1/27 — University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
1/28 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
1/29 — Cleveland, OH @ The Wolstein Center
2/2 — Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
2/3 — Louisville, KY @ Freedom Hall
2/4 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
2/9 — Augusta, GA @ James Brown Arena
2/10 — Greenville, SC @ BI-LO Center
2/11 — Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
2/12 — Chattanooga, TN @ McKenzie Arena
2/16 — Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid-America Center
2/17 — Kansas City, MO @ The Sprint Center
2/18 — Oklahoma City, OK @ The Ford Center
2/19 — Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
2/23 — Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center
2/24 — Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
2/25 — Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
2/26 — Tupelo, MS @ BancorpSouth Center
3/2 — Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
3/3 — Bossier City, LA @ CenturyTel Center
3/4 — Mobile, AL @ USA Mitchell Center
3/9 — Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
3/10 — Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
3/11 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
3/15 — Norfolk, VA @ Scope Arena
3/16 — Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
3/17 — Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
3/18 — Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
3/23 — Houston, TX @ venue TBA
3/24 — San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
3/25 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
3/26 — Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena
3/29 — Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center
3/30 — Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
3/31 — Champaign, IL @ Assembly Hall
4/1 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

 




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