Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. The band currently consists of husband John and wife Korey Cooper along with Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison. The band has released ten albums, with two, Collide and Comatose, receiving Grammy nominations. They plan to release a new studio album next year and John has started his own side project with heavier music they are called Fight The Fury.
Twinmusix talk to John Cooper from Skillet about their Australian tour and more
TM - How are you doing?
JC - I am doing very very well, I'm looking forward to coming down and seeing you guys in Australia.
TM - What are you looking forward to most doing?
JC - Well the fans, last time we played there we had such an amazing time with them, they were loud. I can't wait to come back it better be just as good.
TM - Is there anything you want to do, like hold a koala?
JC - I do like that but I'll tell you one thing I don't want to do, eat Vegemite again. I do want to eat a lot of it amazing Australian food, I loved the food when I was there.
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
JC - Well let's see, I think Skillet is best known for our live shows, I think it is to do with the energy and excitement of the band lots of passion and people say our babd feels like community.
TM - How do you pick the setlist for your tour?
JC - I always know there are a certain amount of songs that we have to play, otherwise people will get really mad. Then you know there are songs that aren't really radio songs but they are a crowd favourite and you get a sense of that so I always try and do those too.
I went to a U2 concert a couple of years ago and they didn't play In the Name of Love and I was really bummed that I thought ok if there's a really big radio song it has to be played.
TM- Yeh i hate when that happens. I love Elton John and when I went to see him live he didn't go "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Hopefully I get to see it live next time.
TM - You have a new band called Fight the Fury how is that going?
JC - It is going great, dep just got released a week ago this album was made for fans of Skillet to always wanted a really heavy record with no pop so i had a bunch of songs i wrote that wouldn't be good for Skillet so it made sense to start a side project.
TM - That is Awesome dude, i have always loved skilket so I will have to have a listen. Are you going to tour with Fight the Fury?
JC - Yes we start touring in December in Russia and then come back and tour America and then we release our new Skillet Album in the Summer.
TM - Awesome, can't wait for your new album, What can we expect from your new album have you finished recording?
JC - We have about 70% of our new album but it still could be changed in the studio so I don't want to say much yet but it's very fist-pumping Arena rock where people can shake their fists in the air or work out to.
TM - You got featured in the WWE video game what's your favourite thing about wrestling?
JC - I've loved for wrestling since I was a kid, I like wrestling kind of for the same reason why you would like sports the drama the theatrics and the story of it wrestling remind me of Skillets music. Their costumes and the music can be so dynamic the strings and the orchestra that's how I view Skillets music, that is how I felt watching wrestling as a kid it was like watching a movie the action and drama is cool.
TM - You featured some wrestling in circus for a psycho what made you want to put wrestling in that video clip?
JC - It was kind of fun, I always liked wrestling and always used to do it with my friends, we would go in the the trampoline and make-up stories and characters a little bit like playing the video game but in real life and it was always fun so I said let's do a video with wrestling moves I thought it was fun and corny to tell you the truth.
TM - No I think that's awesome because when you watch the WWE and they go over the history of the wrestlers life you always see that they've had fun with it as a kid and they have gone more serious with it and made in into there career.
TM - What would your wrestling name be?
JC - I don't know yet something cool, maybe on my new album fight the Fury does a guy in a gas mask and he's called The Wanderer so maybe I would be the The Wanderer in a gas mask.
TM - That would be sweet maybe could do a match with The Wanderer, Triple H and The Under Taker (laughs). I think the Wanderer really fits in with those names.
TM - Do you have any good stories with your fans?
JC - Once I was in the signing session and some guy came up and said hey can you Autograph my leg and I said sure and I didn't realise he had a prosthetic leg, he took his leg off and put it on the table and everyone was a little shocked that was cool.
TM- That is so cool! That is really sweet of you too.
TM - What is your favorite memory of watching someone else play live?
JC - Once I saw Celine Dion which is very much out of my genre but seeing someone with that remarkable Talent was quite amazing, seeing people who are some of the best in the world is something you will never forget.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs which band would it be which song and in your style or theirs?
JC - Metallica doing Monster in their style
TM - If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
JC - Likin Park, I was really bummed when Chester passed away, I was a huge fan and I always hoped we would tour together.
TM - Have you ever considered doing a whole Orchestra tour?
JC - Yes we have, I would not doubt that someday we might do something like that.
TM - Is there anything else you'd like to announce the fan?
JC - No we hope our fans come out and have a great time with us