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Skillet Enter Billboard Top 200 at No. 4; New Album RISE Also Hits No. 1 on iTunes Rock Chart; Band Performing on CONAN July 11; Touring With Carnival of Madness, Then Heading Overseas With Nickelback

Jul 3 2013 12:00AM



LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/13 -- Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band SKILLET have entered Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart at No. 4 and iTunes Rock Album Chart at No. 1 with new album RISE (Atlantic/Word).

The album's explosive start was fueled by the success of a four-song rollout at iTunes which saw the first two tracks, "Sick Of It" and "American Noise," both hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart (and at one point, were No. 1 and 2 on the chart), while the third and fourth-released songs, "Rise" and "Not Gonna Die," each shot to No. 2. The band has also been building momentum with radio promotion, a social media blitz and festival show performances. The past two weeks Skillet hosted their first ever VIP fan events titled "Road to Rise" in Nashville and Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times heralded the event stating that it "redefines the VIP experience." In the digital world, the platinum-selling band did an exclusive album stream and podcast premiere with Billboard, video premieres with Revolver and Guitar World and a song premiere with USA Today, to name a few. The high media profiles lead up to the band's late night debut on CONAN on July 11.

"Skillet has become increasingly deft at straddling the tricky line between faith-based idealism and secular universality," wrote Billboard. "Rise takes the balance a step further, mixing new sonic flavors into the group's hard-rock bombast." USA Today gave the album 3 out of 4 stars, People praised the band for "taking their hard rock to higher ground," and Loudwire gave Rise 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, "the songwriting has more depth, there's added diversity and plenty of potential hit singles."

Following recent performances at several major festivals, including Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma, Skillet (vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison) are gearing up to hit the road with Shinedown on the upcoming Carnival of Madness tour. Kicking off August 13th at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, the tour will also feature Papa Roach, In This Moment and We As Human. They'll follow by heading overseas for their first-ever tour with Nickelback, a month-long jaunt that will see Skillet playing Milan, Paris, Vienna, London, and many more (itinerary below).

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 2013 TOUR DATES (additional dates to be announced)

DATE CITY VENUE-------- ------------------------- -----------------------------------------8/13 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica8/14 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts8/16 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center8/18 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum8/20 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion8/21 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live8/23 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre8/25 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center8/27 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre8/28 Big Flats, NY Tags8/30 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater8/31 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live9/1 Raleigh, NC The Red Hat Amphitheater9/6 Allegan, MI Allegan County Fair9/10 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/14 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park10/26 Saint-Herblian, FR Le Zenith Nantes Metropole10/29 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum10/31 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle11/2 Warsaw, Poland Towar11/4 Berlin, Germany 02 Arena11/5 Mannheim, Germany Sap Arena11/7 Prague, Czech Rep 02 Arena11/8 Budapest, Hungary Budapestarenaban11/10 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion11/11 Oberhausen, Germany Konig Pilsener Arena11/13 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen11/14 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena11/15 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium11/18 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome11/20 Paris, France Bercy11/21 Brussels, Belgium Forest National11/23 Liverpool, UK Echo Arena11/24 London, UK O2 Arena11/26 Glasgow, UK The Hydro11/27 Leeds, UK Leeds Arena

For more information on Skillet, please contact:

Michael Moses
BWR Public Relations

Christina Kotsamanidis
Atlantic Records

Source: Marketwire

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