Explosive European summer rock tour underway
Jen Ledger dubbed one of UK's Download Festival's top drumming performances alongside Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park
Nashville, Tenn. (June 19, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet will join multi-platinum artists Godsmack and Seether along with Buckcherry for the fifth Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, which kicks off August 15.
Previously hailed by Examiner.com as "the best tour of the year," the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival has announced 24 tour dates, kicking off in Detroit on August 15 and running through September 21.
UPROAR Festival producers John Oakes and John Reese said "We look forward to creating an incredible UPROAR experience for rock fans in every city we visit.”
Skillet's run with The UPROAR Festival will follow their current tour in Europe, where the band was invited to play multiple festivals throughout the continent, performing for thousands of fans. The tour began May 30 in Jelling, Denmark and will end July 6 in Sofia, Bulgaria with stops in Italy, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and more. On their second European tour in support of the RISE album, Skillet is making big waves across the continent. After completing a massive fall tour last year supporting Nickelback, with six back-t0-back sold out headline shows in Russia and encore-demanding crowds, the band is rapidly gaining a solid European following.
Skillet recently played the Download Festival in the United Kingdom, where Jen Ledger captured the attention of audiences and critics with her drumming skills. Out of 100 plus bands that performed at Download 2014, Musicradar.com named Jen among the 8 greatest drumming performances at the festival alongside Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. See the full article at Musicradar.com.
"A short but awesome set witnessed Jen’s Dave Grohl-esque power behind the kit, particularly impressive as she sings a lot too – with no let up in her whole-body drumming style," Musicradar.com said of the performance. "We were particularly blown away by the even double-kick and flashes of tasty technique on display as the band played their hits ‘Hero’ and ‘Monster’ and tracks from new album RISE."
2014 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival dates
Aug. 15 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 17 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
Aug. 22 - Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds
Aug. 24 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 26 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 27 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Pavilion
Aug. 29 - Simpsonville, SC - Charter Amphitheater
Sep. 02 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sep. 03 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
Sep. 05 - Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sep. 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
Sep. 09 - Denver, CO - 1STBANK Center
Sep. 11 - Post Falls, ID - Greyhound Park
*Additional dates to be announced
Over the course of the past few years, GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet has sold more than two million units in the U.S., racked up more than 160 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number more than five million on Facebook alone. Their 2013 release RISE debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Rock and Christian charts, which led to No. 1 radio hits for "American Noise,” “Not Gonna Die” and "Sick Of It." RISE also gave Skillet their late night television debut on Conan. RISE follows the band's 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S. and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash and gold-certified “Awake & Alive,” the gold-certified "Hero," "It's Not Me It's You" and the platinum-certified "Monster." "Monster" lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio (the first in a string of multiple Top 5 active rock hits,) while its companion video has generated more than 69 million YouTube views. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012 and was one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012. Skillet is made up of John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison.