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Platinum Rock Band SKILLET Team With USA Today for Premiere of "Not Gonna Die"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 11, 2013) - Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band SKILLET have teamed with USA Today for the premiere of "Not Gonna Die," the fourth track issued from their upcoming album, RISE (Atlantic/Word). Described by USA Today as "the kind of stirring rock Skillet fans have come to expect," the song can be heard here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/06/10/skillet-not-gonna-die-song-premiere/2407157/

RISE, which Billboard praised for "mixing new sonic flavors into the group's hard-rock bombast," is now available for pre-order at www.skillet.com and will be released on June 25th.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the band has been building anticipation for the album's arrival by releasing "Sick Of It" and "American Noise," both of which shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart (and at one point, were No. 1 and 2 on the chart). The third released song was the album's title track, "Rise," which hit No. 2.

Last week Revolver and Guitar World joint-premiered the official video for lead single "Sick Of It," which can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHzU-9iozmo. On July 11th, fans nationwide can catch the band performing "Sick Of It," currently No. 15 on the rock chart, on "Conan."

Following recent performances at several major festivals, including Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma, Skillet (vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison) are gearing up to hit the road with Shinedown on the upcoming Carnival of Madness tour. Kicking off August 13th at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, the tour will also feature Papa Roach, In This Moment and We As Human. They'll follow by heading overseas for their first-ever tour with Nickelback, a month-long jaunt that will see Skillet playing Milan, Paris, Vienna, London, and many more (itinerary below).

RISE follows the band's 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S. It's worth noting that Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve platinum certification in 2012, and were one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012. Awake debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the magazine's Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums Chart. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on iTunes' Top Album Chart, garnered 3 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 over 47 million YouTube views. The hook-happy "Hero" was featured in season-long spots for NBC's NFL Sunday Night Football and served as the official theme song for WWE's Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View. The band toured endlessly in support, playing to sold-out crowds across the country, which earned them a spot on Pollstar's Concert Pulse Chart of the Top 50 Tours for fall of 2010. Awake followed the band's 2006's gold-selling album, Comatose.

In other words, it was business as usual for the quartet, who over the course of the past few years have sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone, racked up more than 150 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number in the millions.

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 2013 TOUR DATES (additional dates to be announced)

8/13 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/14 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/18 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
8/20 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/25 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center
8/27 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 Big Flats, NY Tags
8/30 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/31 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
9/1 Raleigh, NC The Red Hat Amphitheater
9/6 Allegan, MI Allegan County Fair
9/10 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/14 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park
10/26 Saint-Herblian, FR Le Zenith Nantes Metropole
10/29 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
10/31 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
11/2 Warsaw, Poland Towar
11/4 Berlin, Germany 02 Arena
11/5 Mannheim, Germany Sap Arena
11/7 Prague, Czech Rep 02 Arena
11/8 Budapest, Hungary Budapestarenaban
11/10 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
11/11 Oberhausen, Germany Konig Pilsener Arena
11/13 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen
11/14 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena
11/15 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium
11/18 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
11/20 Paris, France Bercy
11/21 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
11/23 Liverpool, UK Echo Arena
11/24 London, UK O2 Arena
11/26 Glasglow, UK The Hydro
11/27 Leeds, UK Leeds Arena