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TheBlast.FM’s Colin Cruz Interviews Skillet’s John Cooper Friday Sept 24 2021 + Next Week

TheBlast.FM founder and Program Director Colin “Cruz” Strombeck and John Cooper met in 1999 during Skillet’s Hey You, I Love Your Soul tour.  That was Skillet’s second album.  Colin Cruz, then known as Colin Cruise, was the music director and an on air personality on what was at the time, an Albuquerque FM Christian Hot CHR radio station called K-LYT.

Colin was an early adopter of Skillet music on the radio…he played songs from their first album at his previous Christian rock radio shows before moving to Albuquerque and under Colin’s direction, K-LYT played so much Skillet music that the band took notice and thanked Colin Cruise on their 3rd and 4th albums in the liner notes.

TheBlast.FM equally believes in Skillet.   Skillet has always been a core band here and it is always a pleasure to talk to Cooper.    We are airing the first three segments of our recent interview we recorded with him, on Friday September 24th in the 2 pm hour, USA/Canada Central Time, with more segments airing next week.

The Colin Cruz Skillet John Cooper Barren Cross Mike Lee Gale Force Connection

“Huh?” most of you are thinking, after reading the subject line of this article.   “What’s that all about?!” Well, you’ll find out in Colin Cruz’s interview with Michael Drive (fka: Mike Lee), lead singer of the band Gale Force, which airs Wednesday September 15th in the 11 AM hour and Thursday September 16th, 2021 in the 2 pm hour (USA/Canada Central Time).

The interview is in 6 segments, some will air on Wednesday and the rest will air on Thursday.

Pictured above is Michael Drive sporting the Gale Force Subhuman t-shirt.

Angel Machine Interview Wed & Thurs Aug 25/26, 2021

The Blast’s Colin Cruz interviews lead singer Wayde Seraph and his wife,  keyboardist April Seraph, of the industrial band Angel Machine, Wednesday and Thursday on his show.  On Wednesday, segments 1 and 2 will air in the 11 AM hour, and on Thursday, segments 3 and 4 will air in the 1 PM hour…USA/Canada Central Time.

Ocean Dark Video For Die For Me

Ocean Dark is a new Christian rock band from Helsinki, Finland that TheBlast.FM recently started playing.  Their first single is Die For Me, and here is the video for that song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DozUkEDXyk#action=shar

Preview The New Seventh Day Slumber Album

 

Have you heard the clips from the new Seventh Day Slumber album Closer To Chaos yet?

Check them out here:

https://www.facebook.com/seventhdayslumber/videos/431501297653842/?t=0

My Epic Violence EP Dropping Today

My Epic’s new EP called Violence drops on Facedown Records today.

We added the first single “White Noises” right away when it was released. It has entered our Top 15 and has been featured on TheBlast.FM Christian Rock Radio Countdown.

Here is a preview of the EP:

https://www.facebook.com/myepic/videos/550990478765231/?t=0

Skillet Album “Victorious” Drops August 2; New Music Is #NowBlasting on TheBlast.FM

Skillet announces that their next album called Victorious hits the streets on August 2, 2019.   Lead singer John Cooper says he and his and bandmate Korey Cooper produced most of the record themselves…a band first.  John says they wanted to put out an album with a lot of emotion in it…one that makes you want to pump your fist in the air at a concert.  One of the first radio releases “Legendary”…which is already Blasting on TheBlast.FM…is about this:  John says people had been warning him for years that “Skillet needs to stop talking about its faith or it’ll hurt your radio airplay”.  John said “No, we’re not going to do that.” They kept on talking and singing about Jesus Christ!  (Skillet’s first mainstream radio release, Savior, back in 2003, was shunned by most mainstream Rock/Active rock/Alternative radio programmers…probably because the lyrics made them nervous and/or they were afraid to play a song with such bold Christian lyrics on a secular rock radio format).  But Skillet’s secular star rose, nonetheless, and all these years later, Skillet is still standing.  John says “Legendary” deals with that very topic.

-Written by Colin Cruz of TheBlast.FM