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SKILLET ASCENDS WITH “AWAKE”; LATEST FROM GRAMMY®-NOMINATED ROCK OUTFIT DEBUTS AT #2 ON SOUNDSCAN/BILLBOARD 200; “MONSTER” ROCKING ACTIVE ROCK, “HERO” CLIMBING CHR RADIO, WHILE ALSO SCORING HIGH PROFILE PLACEMENTS WITH NBC, NFL, MTV and MORE; “AWAKE & AL

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SKILLET ASCENDS WITH “AWAKE”;  LATEST FROM GRAMMY®-NOMINATED ROCK OUTFIT DEBUTS AT #2 ON SOUNDSCAN/BILLBOARD 200; “MONSTER” ROCKING ACTIVE ROCK, “HERO” CLIMBING CHR RADIO, WHILE ALSO SCORING HIGH PROFILE PLACEMENTS WITH NBC, NFL, MTV and MORE; “AWAKE & ALIVE” HEADLINE TOUR TAKES OFF  SEPTEMBER 24TH


NASHVILLE, TN..“AWAKE,” the acclaimed new album from Atlantic/Ardent/INO recording group Skillet, has made a blockbuster chart debut, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2, with sales of 67,611. The project also debuted at #1 on SoundScan’s overall Contemporary Christian sales chart.


The album is also shaping up as a digital phenomenon, with the Deluxe Version reaching the #1 spot on the iTunes Store’s “Top Albums” chart and “Top Rock Chart” within 24 hours of its release.  The “AWAKE” Deluxe Version is currently #3 on iTunes’ “Top Rock Albums” chart, while standing strong as a top 12 success on the overall sales ranking.

Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, Flyleaf), “AWAKE” is highlighted by the electrifying new singles, “Monster” and “Hero.” “Monster” is currently approaching the top 20 at Active Rock outlets nationwide, while a companion video is in post-production.  In addition, the band’s performance of “Monster” will open as the official theme song each week during  the upcoming ACC College Football season, as well as on the soundtrack to MTV’s new hit series, Bully Beatdown.  NBC recently aired the song during  The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania special, and “Monster,” along with “Hero,” will be a part of the  upcoming video game, WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2010.

What’s more, “Hero” (already #1 at Christian rock and currently #2 at CHR) is featured in the promotional campaign heralding the new season of NBC Sunday Night Football.  A companion video for “Hero” is also in production, with a premiere date to be announced soon.

One of America’s hardest working live acts, Skillet will celebrate the breakthrough success of “AWAKE” with the 50-city “Awake & Alive Tour,” set to launch on September 24th at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Embassy Theater (see below itinerary).  The headline tour will then travel the country through early December.  Skillet’s special guests on the “Awake & Alive” tour will be Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black.

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.” That album proved Skillet’s most popular work to date, with sales now approaching RIAA gold certification. “COMATOSE” followed the band’s 2003 label debut, “COLLIDE,” which launched Skillet into the mainstream while also garnering their first Grammy® Award nomination.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, visit www.skillet.com or www.myspace.com/skilletmusic.  

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)


SKILLET
“AWAKE & ALIVE TOUR 2009”

All Dates w/Special Guests Hawk Nelson,
Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black


SEPTEMBER
24             Fort Wayne, IN                                     Embassy Theater
25             Columbus, OH                                        Grace Brethren Church
26             Leesburg, VA                                          Awakening Music Festival            
27             Atlanta, GA                                            The Tabernacle
29             Johnson City, TN                                  Freedom Hall

OCTOBER
1                Albany, NY                                             Washington Avenue Armory
2                New York, NY                                       Manhattan Center Studios /Hammerstein Ballroom
3                Worcester, PA                                        The Palladium
4                Philadelphia, PA                              The Electric Factory
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
24             Bakersfield, CA                                                     Fox Theater
25             Fresno, CA                                                Warnors Theater
27             Redding, CA                                           Redding Convention Center Auditorium
29             Central Point, OR                                Medford Armory
30             Salem, OR                                                OSF Pavilion
31             Seattle, WA                                           SPU Gym/Showare Center

NOVEMBER
1                Spokane, WA                                         INB PAC
3                Kennewick, WA                                   Toyota Center
5                Boise, ID                                                   Qwest Arena
6                Salt Lake City, UT                             The Great Salt Air
7                Denver, CO                                              Paramount Theater
10             Casper, WY                                             Casper Events Center
12             Kansas City, MO                                 The Midland by AMC
13             Ames, IA                                                   Stephens Auditorium - ISU
14             Minneapolis, MN                                Convention Center Auditorium
15             Chicago, IL                                              House of Blues
17             St. Louis, MO                                          The Pageant
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                                  Remingtons

NOVEMBER
28             Davenport, IA                                       Adler Theater
29             Duluth, MN                                            Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

DECEMBER
3                Chattanooga, TN                                Memorial Auditorium
4                Troy, OH                                                   Hobart Arena
5                Cleveland, OH                                     Agora Theater
6                Grand Rapids, MI                                Deltaplex


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