Buies Creek, N.C.-Attention panheads! The hard-rocking, Christian alternative band Skillet will ignite the Campbell University stage on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center.
Skillet began its "Awake & Alive Tour" tour on April 15 in Scranton, Pa. and continues through late May. The "Awake & Alive Tour" celebrates the continuing success of Skillet's acclaimed new album, "AWAKE," which reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Store's "Top Albums" chart within 24 hours of its release last summer. The album also made a blockbuster debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200, entering the chart at #2. The album continues to reign as a favorite, ascending the upper half of the Billboard 200.
Joining the Grammy-nominated rock group are fellow nominees RED, a Nashville based group whose most recent effort, "Innocence & Instinct," climbed its way to the Top 5 on iTunes Top Albums chart. Also joining the tour will be the hard rock group, The Letter Black.
Since their astonishing music breakthrough in 2006 the band has earned praise for their inspirational and intense approach to hard-edged Christian alternative rock. "Hit Parader" celebrated Skillet for "bringing to mind the kind of slick, studio-savvy work that made vintage Aerosmith and Bon Jovi so much fun to listen to."
In addition to cumulative album sales in excess of 1.6 million, Skillet has racked up a wide range of honors. Frontman John Cooper and producer Brian Howes recently collected two BMI Music Awards for "The Last Night" and "The Older I Get," both featured on 2006's Grammy Award-nominated "COMATOSE." That album proved Skillet's most popular work to date, achieving RIAA gold.
John Cooper best described the band's message as frenzied but hopeful.
"We're living in crazy times right now between the news that seems to get crazier every day and all the uncertainty throughout society in general." John Cooper said. "Sometimes it doesn't seem like there's hope and sure you can choose to give up, but why not face it awake and alive? Everything we sing about on this album is something someone can relate to, and if anything, the songs will let you know you're not alone."
Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased online and at the Information desk in the Wallace Student Center. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for $10 per person. To purchase tickets online go to http://www.campbell.edu/students/student-activities/springconcert.html