Skillet continues to prove themselves as a leading force in the diverse world of rock music as they were awarded Rock Album of the Year for RISE and Rock Song of the Year for “Not Gonna Die” at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
The honors reflect the success of RISE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock and Christian charts and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. “Not Gonna Die” was one of several No. 1 radio hits to come from the album.
“Have to say it was pretty cool hearing the news about these wins,” remarked lead singer John Cooper. “We couldn’t be there since we’re heading to Europe again this week, but to have this album recognized in this way is definitely an honor, and we’re really thankful.”
On October 12, Skillet will head to Glasgow, UK to kick off their first headlining European tour. As the band’s third visit to Europe in a year, they will make 20+ stops in cities including London, Zurich, Stockholm, Warsaw, as well as multiple dates in Russia, where the band’s popularity is growing exponentially. See full routing information below.
The fall tour follows the band’s jaunt with the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, for which Skillet joined multi-platinum artists Godsmack, Seether, Buckcherry and Pop Evil at stops throughout the country. Earlier this summer, Skillet performed at multiple festivals throughout Europe, playing for thousands of fans. The summer and fall tours have seen the band gain a solid European following, all subsequent to last fall’s tour supporting Nickelback.
Skillet Fall European Tour (*all dates subject to change, visit Skillet.com for updated info)
October 12 – The Garage, Glasgow, UK
October 13 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, England
October 14 – Islington Academy, London, UK
October 15 – Waterfront, Norwich, UK
October 17 – Trix Hall, Antwerp, Belgium
October 18 – O13, Tilburg, Netherlands
October 20 – Komplex Klub, Zurich, Switzerland
October 21 – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
October 24 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
October 25 – Bygningen, Vejile, Denmark
October 26 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
October 28 – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
October 29 – Loftas Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania
October 30 – Melna Concert Hall, Riga, Latvia
November 1 – Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
November 3 – Stadium Live, Moscow, Russia
November 4 – Stadium Live, Moscow, Russia
November 5 – Capitoliy, N. Novgorod, Russia
November 7 – Emeritage Concert Hall, Kazan, Russia
November 8 – MTL Arena, Samara, Russia
November 10 – Expo, Novosibirsk, Russia
November 12 – Sport Palace, Ekaterinburg, Russia
November 14 – A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
Over the course of the past few years, GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet has sold more than two million units in the U.S., racked up more than 160 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number more than five million on Facebook alone. Their 2013 release RISE debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Rock and Christian charts, which led to No. 1 radio hits for “American Noise,” “Not Gonna Die” “Rise” and “Sick Of It.” RISE also gave Skillet their late night television debut on Conan. RISE follows the band’s 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S. and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash and gold-certified “Awake & Alive,” the gold-certified “Hero,” “It’s Not Me It’s You” and the platinum-certified “Monster.” “Monster” lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio (the first in a string of multiple Top 5 active rock hits,) while its companion video has generated more than 69 million YouTube views. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012 and was one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012. Skillet is made up of John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison.