New York (Top40 Charts/ Atlantic Records) - Atlantic recording group Skillet
has announced the forthcoming release of their eagerly awaited new album. "AWAKE" - which features the tracks "Hero" and "Monster
" - arrives in stores and at all online retailers on August 25th.
Produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Daughtry, Flyleaf), "AWAKE" is available now for pre-order via the rock outfit's official website, located at http://skillet.com. A variety of packages are being offered, pairing the album with such bonuses as an exclusive Skillet t-shirt, an autographed VIP pass, and membership in Skillet's official fan club. All pre-orders of "AWAKE" come with an immediate download of "Hero."
The release of "AWAKE" will be preceded by the electrifying new single, "Monster." The track is slated to impact at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock outlets nationwide on July 14th, while a companion video is currently in pre-production.
One of America's hardest working live acts, Skillet will herald "AWAKE" with an exhaustive tour schedule, kicking off a full-scale headlining tour at Fort Wayne, Indiana's Embassy Theater on September 24th.
In other news, Skillet 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."
"COMATOSE" proved Skillet's most popular work to date, with sales now approaching RIAA gold certification. The album followed the band's 2003 label debut, "COLLIDE," which launched Skillet into the mainstream while also garnering their first Grammy Award nomination.
Founded in 1996, Skillet has earned ecstatic praise for their inspirational and intense approach to hard-edged 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." "Skillet... continually push their musical muscle with soaring guitar work interspersed with their take on 80's hair-metal ballads," declared Mix.
For up-to-the-minute news and information, visit www.skillet.com or www.myspace.com/skilletmusic. (TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
SKILLET On Tour 2009:
24 Fort Wayne, IN Embassy Theater
27 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
29 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall
1 Albany, NY Washington Avenue Armory
2 New York, NY Manhattan Center Studios
6 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center
8 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
9 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheater
10 Cullman, AL Youthquake @ Cullman County Fairgrounds
11 Mobile, AL Mobile Civic Center
15 Tulsa, OK Spirit Bank Event Center
16 Lubbock, TX South Plains Fair Coliseum
17 El Paso, TX Abraham Chavez Theater
18 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Theater
20 Farmington, NM McGee Park-Memorial Coliseum
22 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theater
23 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
25 Fresno, CA Warnors Theater
27 Redding, CA Redding Convention Center Auditorium
29 Central Point, OR Medford Armory
30 Salem, OR OST Pavilion
31 Seattle, WA SPU Gym/Showare Center
1 Spokane, WA INB PAC
3 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
5 Boise, ID Qwest Arena
7 Denver, CO Paramount Theater
13 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium - ISU
14 Minneapolis, MN Convention Center Auditorium
15 Chicago, IL House of Blues
19 Longview, TX Maude Cobb Center
20 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
21 Cypress, TX The Berry Center
22 Abilene, TX Abilene Civic Center
27 Springfield, MO Remington's
28 Davenport, IA Adler Theater
29 Duluth, MN Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
3 Chattanooga, TN Memorial Auditorium
4 Troy, OH Hobart Arena
5 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
6 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex