I have seen both Skillet and Theory of a Deadman before, but when they came to Denver together, I knew I could not miss the concert.
Theory of a Deadman consists of vocalist Tyler Connolly, guitarist Dave Brenner, bassist Dean Back, and drummer Joey Dandeneau. Their music is characterized by gritty vocals, catchy melodies, and lyrics that explore a range of themes including love and heartbreak. I will say, I had to chuckle at all the songs about how much women have seemingly hurt Tyler – especially the “new” song, a reframed version of Bill Withers’ “Just The Two Of Us.” The good news is, TOAD is super engaging live and lots of fun to watch, no matter how much seething anger there may be for my gender.
As for Skillet… Just WOW. Formed in Memphis in the mid-1990s, Skillet has evolved over the years, blending elements of Christian rock, hard rock, and even symphonic metal to create a captivating sound. Led by the charismatic John Cooper (and his wife Korey Cooper), the band has released numerous chart-topping albums, earning them a super dedicated and passionate fan base.
With their electrifying stage presence and a knack for crafting memorable melodies, Skillet continues to be a concert not-to-miss when they tour. (Be sure to keep an eye out for John’s explosive arms during the show!) Also, while the band has roots in Christian rock, they have never made me (as an agnostic person) feel anything but welcome at their shows.
Speaking of women, Korey (guitar and keyboards) and drummer Jen Ledger are mesmerizing to watch. I made a comment to a friend that both have Animal (from the Muppets) energy – and that is a very high compliment in my book. Bassist Seth Morrison rounds out the group with perhaps a more mellow approach, but that is largely comparative as he definitely holds his own.
Skillet continues to play through summer 2023 – mostly through the midwest – so hope you can catch them too!
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Theory of a Deadman – Denver Concert Photos
Skillet – Denver Concert Photos
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