Skillet Continues to Sizzle

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In the sweltering summer heat in Bristow, Virginia on July 28, 2010, Skillet ( opened its first night on the Creed 20-10 tour.

Blaring from the loud speakers at Jiffy Lube Live ( you heard, Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the show. You are invited to scream. You are invited to stand. You are invited to rock!!!

With that John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Ben Kasica came on stage and lit a fire underneath the crowd of about 5,000 by starting the night with “Hero” from their “Awake” album, which was certified gold as of July 2, 2010. The energy from this band just pours from the moment they step on stage and is so infectious that as soon as they get started it’s doesn’t take the crowd more than a minute before everyone was pumping their fists, jumping up and down, and banging their heads. They ended the first song and the stage was lit with green lasers as they flowed into the next song from the “Comatose” album titled “Whispers in the Dark” which included a great guitar solo by Ben Kasica that would have had your ears on fire he played so well.

Next up was the title track from the “Comatose” album, “Comatose” which rounded out their first set, this is where John took a minute to stop and greet the audience and spoke about the war in Iraq as well as the war on humanity which led them straight into an awesome roof smashing, riser lifting, version of “Awake and Alive” one of our personal favorites from the “Awake” album.   SkilletJen Ledger is such a talented drummer throughout the show but it seems to me that during this song she really showcases her flair and tenacity on her drums that she wants you to wake up and feel it, I am surprised she doesn’t have or need a personal masseuse after the show as hard as she bangs her head back and forth but this is just her passion to give the fans what they came to see and hear.

I was totally caught by surprise when the next song they played was “Lucy” as this was the first time I had heard it live and I have to tell you that you can really feel the passion and expression from John in this song as his voice just permeates throughout and you can really feel the passion that Skillet has to present their talent and gifts to the people that paid their money to come see them.

After “Lucy”, John mentioned they were excited to join Creed on the tour starting that night.  He said he was so excited he was walking around with his video camera all day.

This is where he went into how he came up with the song “The Last Night” and where he expressed the bands beliefs by stating “That no matter who you are or what you look like there is a God that will always love you and all you have to do is believe in him”, then went into “The Last Night”, during which, at least 6 towers of different colored strobe lights flashed in sync with the guitar playing and was an awesome site to sit back and experience.


John stepped forward real close to the crowd and said “Do you want to get loud?  Do you want to get crazy?  Do you feel like a monster”? Which of course led to the crowd screaming YEA, pumping their fist in the air and clapping their hands as the song “Monster” started?  This is where I think Korey really showcases a lot of talent on her Paul Reed Smith white guitar as she tears it up even harder than anytime I watched her as she pounces back and forth on stage,  it is a wonder if she has any fingers left as hard as this talented lady can play.

They ended the show with “Rebirthing” where they brought out the talented violinist Jonathan Chu and cellist Tate Olsen rising them up in the air on risers to allow the crowd to see these two talented players from every seat in the arena as well as allow John to showcase his mastery on the bass guitar.


John said “We are Skillet, good night, and get ready for Creed”

We have seen Skillet twice now and I will have to say that this band hardly ever stands still, they are constantly moving and interacting with the crowd, they definitely know when and how to pump up a crowd and get them out of their seats, as this is definitely a band you want to see perform live.

After the show we were privileged enough to meet several members of our Armed Forces as part of USO-Metro ( which is an organization that supports service members and their families.  In particular we spoke to Lt. Bethany Shivers of the Alabama National Guard, currently at Walter Reed, who stated “That even though she hated to admit that this was the first concert she had seen since New Kids on the Block in 1988, it was a great, amazing show and she couldn’t wait to download Skillet.” “She loved them and definitely would see the show again”.  Arguably the most energetic thing she has experienced since being at Walter Reed” and that it helped her “Forget about her worries”.

In on our last review we were hoping to be able to see Skillet live again and in a larger venue and we would like to express our deepest thanks to Q Management Group for allowing us this awesome opportunity as we can officially say “We are forever Panheads”.

We would be remiss if we did not say thank you and express our appreciation to the staff at Jiffy Lube Live, particularly Robert Muller and Lindsey Rose as they have always been gracious, professionals and easy to work with.

9 Comments on "Skillet Continues to Sizzle"

  1. Sarah August 12, 2010 at 10:44 am ·

    I loved this article. I have seen Skillet live three times so far, and I think this article is excellent! Skillet is by far my favorite band ever and love that you appreciate their awesomeness!

  2. Bryan August 13, 2010 at 12:08 am ·


    I saw them about a month ago, had never heard any of their music before, and they absolutely blew me away. I have been to tons of concerts and they rocked harder than any of them!!

  3. Ken August 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm ·

    I agree, creed should be opening for skillet.
    I saw a skillet show where skillet was the headliner, and it was the best rock show I have ever seen. Period.

  4. Monica (Certified Panhead) August 14, 2010 at 10:02 am ·

    I have had the pleasure and honor to see Skillet three times, twice in concert hall venues and once on the festival circuit, and they have rocked my face off EVERY TIME. What I love about Skillet is that they are passionate about what they do, they appreciate the HELL out of their fans, and are the most gracious people and talented musicians ever. I love how accessible they are to the fans and how much they give each and every performance for the fans. I would travel ANYWHERE to see them again and can’t wait for my next opportunity to have my face rocked clean off. I agree with Bryan wholeheartedly. Creed should have opened for SKILLET. Thanks for giving this band the attention that is long overdue. Panhead out!

  5. carly August 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm ·

    i love skillet<3

  6. Lori August 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm ·

    I totally agree with Bryan. I saw Skillet at Verizon Wireless Center last night and they put on a better show than Creed BY FAR!!! Skillet has an awesome pyrotechnics show, but didn’t use it last night and Creed’s pyro didn’t even compare. Creed should definelty being opening for Skillet. I would love to see Skillet headline close enough to my hometown that I can actually see the whole show. I LOVE THEM!!!

  7. Skillet fan August 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm ·

    I LOVE SKILLET!!! THEY ROCK! I got to see them as my first concert and can not WAIT till they come to where I can see them again!!! This article is great!
    If you’ve never herd Skillet you need to. They will blow you away, inspire you, make you rock harder then anything!

  8. August 18, 2010 at 6:58 am ·

    Love this band! We have the great pleasure of getting to know them and working with John and crew. Just some great people. We shot this video of them of Monster at Creation West. Check it out!

  9. matt davis August 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm ·

    i saw skillet headlining at brisbane australia in the tivoli and met skillet it was by far the best concert ive seen and now going to cold chisel so they better rock my socks to beat skillet.

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