The follow-up to the RIAA Gold-certified Unleashed (their fourth consecutive album to receive either a gold, platinum, or double-platinum certification), the new project continues to propel the band’s position as one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century, racking up over 1 billion streams in 2018 alone.
Preceding Victorious’ arrival is the platinum certification of “Feel Invincible” (Unleashed) and the gold certification of “Not Gonna Die” (Rise). Skillet was surprised with plaque presentations last week during appearances on FOX & Friends All American Summer Concert Series and AOL Build. Victorious serves as follow-up to the RIAA Gold-certified Unleashed - their fourth consecutive album to receive either a gold, platinum or double-platinum certification. Victorious is available now on all digital platforms.
Click here to purchase or listen to the album now. A special amount of Victorious vinyl packages are also available for pre-order here.
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Coupled with the production strides made in the last full-length studio offering, John and wife/guitarist/keyboardist Korey took the reins for the bulk of production on Victorious—a career first.
"Unleashed recharged us, and we returned to what we love about writing," continues John. "It was tight and electronic hard rock. We wanted to keep the sound modern and pull in influences from hip-hop drums and keyboards, while staying riff-y. Victorious started there. Our confidence was sparked by the last record and all of the other projects. We were feeling prolific. We thought, 'We can produce our own Skillet album.' It lit a fire. Korey and I have produced in the past, but nothing quite like this. It’s a brand new season.""
"I've been privileged to have worked with Skillet for the past 10 years and am constantly blown away by the music that John and Korey Cooper and this band create," Pete Ganbarg, Atlantic Records President of A&R, said. "Every song on 'Victorious' is an example of what has made Skillet such an integral part of contemporary music for the past two decades. We are thrilled to get to share it with the world."
Skillet and Sevendust will embark on the co-headline Victorious War Tour kicking off in Memphis, TN on August 11 and September. Pop Evil will support, while Devour the Day will open the shows. Remaining tickets for the tour can be found here.
Alter Bridge and Skillet have announced that they will embark on a co-headline tour this fall. The Victorious Sky Tour kicks off on September 22 in Baltimore and runs through October 25 in Orlando. Dirty Honey will also appear. All confirmed dates are below. Tickets and VIP upgrades are available on skillet.com and alterbridge.com.
Victorious Sky tour dates:
09/22 -- Baltimore, MD -- MECU Pavilion
09/24 -- New York, NY -- Terminal 5
09/25 -- Philadelphia, PA -- The Met
09/27 -- Columbus, OH -- Express Live!
09/28 -- Grand Rapids, MI -- 20 Monroe Live* (Featuring special guest BRKN LOVE)
09/30 -- Toronto, ON -- REBEL*
10/03 -- Worcester, MA -- The Palladium
10/05 -- Cleveland, OH -- Agora Theatre
10/06 -- Detroit, MI -- The Fillmore
10/08 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Myth Live
10/10 -- Chicago, IL -- The Chicago Theatre
10/11 -- Kansas City, MO -- Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/13 -- Manchester, TN -- Exit 111 Festival
10/14 -- St. Louis, MO -- The Pageant
10/16 -- Mobile, AL -- Saenger Theatre
10/17 -- Birmingham, AL -- Avondale Brewing Company
10/19 -- San Antonio, TX -- Vibes Event Center
10/20 -- Dallas, TX -- The Bomb Factory
10/22 -- St. Petersburg, FL -- Jannus Live
10/24 -- Orlando, FL -- House of Blues
10/25 -- Orlando, FL -- House of Blues
*No Dirty Honey
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Source: ATR Christian Rock Staff Writer Norman Malecki contributed to this story