Multi-platinum rockers Skillet have announced on Tuesday that they will not be playing at venues that mandate concertgoers be COVID-19 vaccinated. Lead signer and Cooper Stuff Podcast host John Cooper took to social media to explain the band's decision.
"Because of the delta variant, a lot of venues are rethinking their policies and instituting new things. A lot of venues are instituting vaccine mandated shows," Cooper said, "where you have to have a vaccine or you can't get into the concert. I know this is going to make some people happy [and] it's going to make some people mad but it is a matter of conviction for me."
Breaking down what the band's convictions about mandates means, Cooper told fans that the band will only be playing concert venues that allow non-vaccinated attendees to bring a negative COVID-19 test result to gain entry to the show.
Meanwhile, Skillet have released their new single "Surviving The Game," ahead of their new album Dominion, which releases jan 14, 2022. Cooper describes the track as as "A defiant song about not giving in to the fear that the world is and has been experiencing. This song brings a feeling of survival; you have to do what you need to do in order to get your life back; a defiance against fear and the things that want to hold you down - for so many that's depression, isolation, lonelieness, suicidal thoughts, etc. This song is about becoming the person you are meant be and coming out on the other side of all the madness."
This fall the band is headlining 24 shows with Adelitas Way as main support as well as Eva Under Fire. The trek, dubbed "The Aftermath Tour," kicked off September 12 to a rockin' Chicago crowd and runs through October 22 in St. Louis. A limited quantity of VIP packages are available as well, which include a ticket, pre-show Q&A and trivia contest hosted by SKILLET, and exclusive merchandise. All dates are below and tickets are available via https://www.skillet.com/tour.
TRACK LISTING FOR DOMINION:
1. Surviving the Game
2. Standing in the Storm
4. Valley of Death
5. Beyond Incredible
8. Shout Your Freedom
10. Forever or the End
12. White Horse