I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Skillet a few times, but never as a headliner. You could certainly say I was excited for this show. Their production had really impressed me even in a short festival slot, so I couldn’t wait to see what was in store. Also worth mentioning is The Intersection, in Grand Rapids, MI. It’s an incredible venue and my favorite spot locally to catch shows.
Due to an unfortunately long line, we were unable to catch Devour the Day. We did make it in time to see most of the Sick Puppies set, which was awesome! We found our perfect little reserved table on stage right and prepared for the main event.
Skillet came out strong and opened with “Feel Invincible,” the first single off their new album, Unleashed. It was the perfect song to get everyone amped up for the rest of their 17 song set. The production did not let me down either. I was impressed from the lights, to the risers moving up and down on the stage, to the band members themselves. You could see this band is passionate about what they do.
One song that really stood out to me was “Awake and Alive.” You get a chance to see drummer, Jen Ledger, get out from behind the kit and show off her pipes. Her vocals add such a beautiful element to that song. Also, we got to see cellist, Tate Olsen, show off his skills by adding some strings to the show. This is one of my favorite Skillet songs. To see it done well live was pretty awesome.
Not a single hit song was spared. We got to hear “Hero,” “Comatose,” and more. Then, they played one of my favorite songs off the new album, “Stars.” I felt like I was in church (in a good way). Skillet is not shy about the fact they are Christians. One will notice, at a Skillet show, they will not “preach at you.” Hearing the lyrics and feeling the power of their beliefs in the song “Stars” was moving. What better way to show people how incredible it is to believe in God than to have people feel it through music?
We knew we still hadn’t heard “Monster” yet. So, of course, they picked things back up with it to move into the last few songs. Vocalist, John Cooper, had shown all night just how great his voice is, but really seemed to stand out in the fierceness of this song. Not to mention the awesome stage presence and energy of his beautiful wife, Korey. Can we say #relationshipgoals?
To close out the night, they played another single off the Unleashed album. “The Resistance” was a perfect way to close. It showed off every band member. They all really put in something cool to make Skillet what they are. Of course, I would have loved more, but as concerts go, this one had to end as well. This tour is winding down to an end. Hopefully you got the chance to check out Skillet before they head across the pond!