Skillet performing at St. Mary's University during the Fiesta Oyster Bake in San Antonio, Texas on April 22, 2017, with John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Seth Morrison, and Jen Ledger.
Alternative CCM rockers Skillet formed in Memphis, Tennessee, around the nucleus of lead singer and bassist John Cooper, guitarist Ken Steorts, and drummer Trey McClurkin. Debuting in 1996 with a self-titled LP, the trio returned two years later with Hey You, I Love Your Soul. Invincible followed in early 2000, and the group contributed three tracks to the Ardent Worship: Skillet Live compilation that same year. With a new lineup of Cooper on bass and lead vocals, his wife Korey Cooper on guitar and keyboards, Ben Kasica on guitar, and Lori Peters on drums, Skillet released Alien Youth on Ardent Records in 2001, followed by Collide, also on Ardent, in 2003.

The latter album was then picked up by Lava/Atlantic and reissued the following year with a bonus track. Collide went on to be the band's best-selling album to date (even earning them a Grammy nomination), and the band supported the record on tours with bands like Saliva and Shinedown. Skillet's next effort for the label, Comatose, appeared in fall 2006, followed by Awake in 2009, and Rise in 2013. A compilation album, Vital Signs, was released in 2014 to introduce the band to European audiences. Skillet's ninth album, Unleashed, their heaviest and most powerful to date, followed in 2016. (Source: AllMusic)
The family-friendly Fiesta Oyster Bake started in 1916 and is a fund raiser for student scholarships to attend St. Mary’s University. There are 7,000+ volunteers and 70,000+ attendees over the day and half event.

The setlist for the show at the Fiesta Oyster Bake:
  • Feel Invincible
  • Whispers in the Dark
  • Sick of It
  • Rise
  • Back From the Dead
  • Awake and Alive
  • Not Gonna Die
  • Hero
  • Those Nights
  • Undefeated
  • Comatose
  • The Last Night
  • Stars
  • Out of Hell
  • Monster
  • Rebirthing
  • The Resistance

Skillet shared the stage with P.O.D., Red Sun Rising, Adelitas Way, Black Heart Saints, and The Beans at the Fiesta Oyster Bake. The band continues across the United States and Canada with the last performance at the Uprise Festival in Shippensburg, PA on September 15, 2017.

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