If you think a Christian band can’t rock as hard as their contemporaries, then you’ve never been to a Skillet concert. The rock quartet put on a stage show as captivating as anything going today at MECU Pavilion recently.
Opening the set with “Feel Invincible” on Sept. 22, Skillet attacked the stage in MECU Pavilion. In promotion of their new album Victorious, Skillet took the energy to another level with the third song of the night, and first from the new record, “You Ain’t Ready.” Lead singer John Cooper strapped cryo CO2 cannons onto his arms, and he sprayed smoke over the first few rows of the pit. Other songs performed from the Victorous were “Legendary” as well as the title track.
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Hit song “Hero” received the largest cheers of the night. With over 209 million plays on YouTube, it seemed like everyone was ready to sing along to the popular number.
It was impossible to watch everything happening on stage during Skillet’s set. If your eye was on Seth Morrison and his custom Ohio State Buckeyes PRS guitar, then you missed rhythm guitarist Korey Cooper thrashing around, purple hair getting tossed in every way. And if you were watching the front of the stage, then you missed drummer Jen Ledger headbanging while smashing the skins of her kit. Everyone on stage was all-in during their performance, and it was greatly appreciated by the crowd.
Skillet appeared at MECU Pavilion in a double bill with hard rock heroes Alter Bridge. After the show, Seth Morrison spoke with Parklife DC and mentioned that starting this tour was a surreal moment for him because Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti was a huge influence when he first started playing the guitar. The opportunity to now share the same stage with a guy that inspired him was a moment he couldn’t have foreseen as a teenager.
Here are some pictures of Skillet performing at MECU Pavilion on Sept. 22, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Chris Smyth.