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Skillet Interview On The Blast Tuesday

Tuesday, a look back at the conversation Colin Cruz had with John Cooper of Skillet, talking about when Cooper met one of his favorite childhood rock stars. And it was that rock star that wanted to meet Cooper.  Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1 pm USA/Canada Central Time.

Skillet And Stryper To Share The Stage In Minnesota This Summer

Two huge bands that begin with “S” from two different eras will share the same stage soon:

Skillet…which began in the mid to late 1990’s and has never stopped rockin’…

And a resurgent 80’s band that lead singer John Cooper grew up listening to as part of his Christian metal album collection:  Stryper.

Skillet will be headlining Friday night September 10th at the Rocktember Fest in Hinckley, Minnesota.  Immediately preceding Skillet will be Stryper.   The rest of the bands at the fest are secular hard rock.

The timing is a bit ironic.  Cooper had recently been spotted in public by a casual music fan who said (paraphrasing) “You look familiar…aren’t you in that band…that Christian rock band…Stryper?”

Well, in case you have any trouble telling the bands apart (LOL) here is your chance to clearly differentiate between the two.

We’re not 100 percent sure, but at press time, we believe this is the first time these two bands have shared the same stage on the same night.

 

John L. Cooper “Awake And Alive To Truth” Book Review By Colin Cruz, TheBlast.FM Program Director

Skillet fans: if you haven’t read this yet, you should.  I love Skillet lead singer John L Cooper’s heart.   In his debut book (self-published) he talks about his earliest memories of belief in Christ.   He also talks about how some secular rock industry types were telling him he needed to drop the Jesus talk if he wanted the band to reach his full potential.  But it didn’t take he and his wife Korey long to figure out that that conversation was just a devilish distraction from what God had called the band to do.

He and Korey reminded each other that they would not be ashamed of Christ.

Pontius Pilate once asked “What is truth?”  Pop culture seems to ask that question today.  So many people believe in relative truth, each person believing in his/her/their own “truth.”

But as Cooper writes, there IS such thing as ABSOLUTE TRUTH, and that Truth is established by almighty God.

The book outlines how Cooper became awake and alive to absolute Truth.

He talks in the book about the flawed thinking behind Post-Modernism, Relativism, Marxism, and how those thought processes have worked their way into the Church.

Cooper talks about the Authority of the Word of God, and how The Bible is the final word on everything.

In this book, you’ll also learn why “fun is not fulfillment.”  “Huh?” you ask.   That’s why you need to read this.

Outside of a few clerical errors that another round of proofreading could have cleaned up, this is a very good read and a great volume, especially for someone’s first book.

I did a lot of highlighting in the book;  I have used it once already in the context of a devotional with my teenage kids; I will definitely read it again, and rather than tell you more about what it says, I urge you to buy a copy and read it yourself.

The book is solidly Scriptural.

The only thing I take issue with is the (probably not purposely) implied dismissal of all the Christian Rock radio airplay his band received prior to their acceptance in the mainstream.   He writes in Chapter 7 that in 2010, Skillet “was just beginning to air on radio stations for the first time.”  Um, excuse me!?

I was one of many music directors/program directors/DJ’s that played Skillet 14 years earlier than that on FM radio beginning in 1996 when the band’s debut self-titled album came out on Ardent/Forefront.

I met John, Korey and the rest of the band when their sophomore disc Hey You, I Love Your Soul was their latest record, and the FM radio station I worked for at the time brought them in concert to our annual festival.

Skillet thanked me and that radio station in the album liner notes for albums 3 and 4, Invincible and Alien Youth.  So, of course he knows this.

Don’t forget your Christian Rock Radio roots, John.   We’ll still be playing your stuff after (and if) the air goes out of your mainstream radio success balloon.

The little things that stuck in my craw aside, this is definitely a worthwhile read.   And yes, I still have mad respect for John L. Cooper and Skillet.

 

 

 

 

Skillet’s John Cooper On Fox & Friends Saturday Morning

John Cooper, founder and lead singer of Skillet will be on Fox & Friends Saturday on the Fox News Channel at about 7:45 am USA/Canadian Central Time.  He will be interviewed regarding his first book he’s authored called Awake & Alive To Truth.   Cooper says they sold out their first print run on release day and that a second print run is starting up.

Skillet Collects Two More Dove Awards

Skillet picks up two more Dove Awards:

  • Rock/Contemporary Song Of The Year:  Legendary
  • Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year:  Victorious

We have two reactions to this.  The fact that we love the band Skillet and we love its members has us saying: “Congratulations!  We are very happy for you.”

But the sarcastic/jaded side of us says…

Well, of course Skillet continues to win Dove Awards now!

They are accepted within the realm of mainstream Christian music and records.

This is bittersweet for us long-time Skillet fans that are still upset about the fact that they were passed over in favor of much less deserving bands like The W’s back in Skillet’s early heydays.

Polling of The Blast audience indicated that Demon Hunter War should have been the winner in the Rock album of the year category, but we highly doubt any band with the name demon in it, with such heavy music, will fare well in a “Rock/Contemporary” category against a band that has been accepted in the circles of mainstream Christian radio.

Most of the voters probably saw Skillet on the ballot and saw the other 4 contenders and said “Who are these guys?”

We’re not confident that there is a lot of actual knowledge about Christian Rock (and about the other great bands that were nominated for these awards) among the Dove Award voters.

 

 

Update: Blasters Say War! 2020 Dove Award Nominees For “The Rock/Contemporary” Album Of The Year

These are the four most valid choices for what should be the Dove Awards’ 2020 “Rock” Album Of The Year category:  Demon Hunter War  (definitely the more hard rockin’ of the War and Peace double album release this year); Disciple Love Letter Kill Shot; Red Declaration; and Skillet Victorious.

But this is not a Rock album of the year category…it is a “Rock/Contemporary” Album of the Year.

First of all, what the crap is “Rock/Contemporary”, anyway?  I miss the long-gone “good old days” when the Dove Awards had straight up Rock categories.

But, alas, this is the Duh-v Awards…and this is the “Rock/Contemporary” category.

Longtime Blasters know one of our old pieces of radio imaging said “Contemporary is a 12-letter word that we have no use for at TheBlast.FM”.   So there’s that…to spew forth a ridiculously dumb cliche saying.

The fifth nominee is a cool pop band called Apollo LTD with an album called Out Of Body.  They are in this category because their music is far too cool to be in an adult contemporary category.   There is no category for edgier pop that is too cool and edgy for adult contemporary radio.

The Christian music industry has all but killed the Christian CHR/Top 40 format…the format that is musically in between Rock and Adult Contemporary, because the know-it-all-powers-that-be think all of the “CHR” and AC stations “should all be punching a hole through the wall in the same spot.”  Ah: conformity.

Well, we will have none of that.  This is why we launched Christian Hot CHR station The Blast Blender in 2014.  Formatically, it lies in between Rock and where most Christian “CHR’s” and Hot AC stations are.

Incidentally, we predict that Apollo LTD will win this (mostly) Rock category.  Because that is the result that will be most maddening, and make the least amount of sense.

Snarkily yours,

Colin Cruz…Program Director of TheBlast.FM

Update:  our final Twitter poll results:

According to Blasters, Demon Hunter should win the Dove Award in the “Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year Category”. Final results:
 
1. Demon Hunter “War” 38.1%
2. Red “Declaration” 28.6%
3. Skillet “Victorious” 23.8%
4. Disciple “Love Letter Kill Shot” 9.5%
5. Apollo LTD “Out Of Body” did not qualify for the poll as: a. they are a pop group; b. we are a rock station; and c. Twitter only allows 4 choices.

 

 

 

 

Skillet Reimagines “Save Me”

Skillet has “reimagined” their song Save Me.  It’s an EDM remix, right?!  Nope.  It’s pop.  In fact, this could make it on to Christian Adult Contemporary radio, even. Have a listen here:

New Lacey Sturm And Skillet Songs Are Blastin’

It’s been 18 months since we’ve had new music to Blast from former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm.  And she comes out screamin’ on The Decree like she did on I’m So Sick.  Sturm co-wrote The Decree with Korey Cooper of Skillet.   Speaking of Skillet, we just added a new tune from them, too:  Never Going Back.   We were far ahead of the curve in adding their current hit Save Me, as their record companies let almost half a year slip by before releasing a second Christian Rock radio single (that one) just a few weeks ago.  Both of these new songs will air during the Colin Cruz Radio Show, which is on weekdays from Noon-3 pm USA/Canada/Mexico Central Time.

There Is Now A Skillet Video Game

You know you’ve hit the big time as a rock band when they make a video game about you.

A generation ago, the mainstream band Journey had a video game named after them called “Journey Escape”, for play on the Atari 2600 video game system, released in 1982.

A number of other mainstream bands have had video games themed after them in the meantime.

And as we fast forward to 2020,  the band that is on the top of the heap of Christian rock bands has a video game of their own called  “Save Me”, themed with the band’s latest rock track and music video of the same name.

In the game, John, Korey, Jen and Seth are characters that fans can select and play as.

Once a character is selected, the characters run through a maze where players are meant to avoid various aspects seen in the “Save Me” music video: the hand (callout to John’s scene), water/poison (callout to Jen’s scene), and fire (callout to John’s scene/smoking hands burning his eyes), which will be floating around chasing them; similar to the ghosts in Pac Man.

If you want to give the game a try, go here:

https://skilletgame.atlanticrecords.com/

Skillet “Save Me” Video Premiers In Minutes

The video for the Skillet song “Save Me”…the song we’ve been playing for over 20 weeks, while waiting for their record companies to finally release an official 2nd Rock single from Victorious…debuts online here in a few minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RF9-efhHuE&eml=2020April3%2F4957414%2F6010689&etsubid=39309116