On Thursday, October 13th, Skillet’s Unleashed tour came to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Sick Puppies and Devour The Day opened the show. All of the bands played to a nearly sold out crowd. The audience was various diverse in age, with everybody from toddlers to grandparents present.
Devour The Day took the stage first. The four-piece band opened their set with “S.O.A.R.,” the title track off of their second album, which was released this past April. The band continued into “Good Man,” off of their first album, Time & Pressure. As that song came to a close, lead singer Blake Allison got off the stage to stand by the barricade and sing along with the crowd. Devour The Day made sure to play their newest single, “The Bottom,” a song that they just made a music video for. Towards the end of their 30 minute set, the band thanked the crowd for coming out early to catch their set, and said that Silver Spring was the best crowd so far on their whole tour. Devour The Day ended their set with “Respect,” off of their first album.
Sick Puppies began their performance with “War,” off of their album Tri-Polar. Throughout their ten song set, the Australian band included four songs off of their newest album, Fury, which was released earlier this year. During “Where Do I Begin,” Sick Puppies made sure that the crowd sang along. Sick Puppies also performed an older song, “All the Same,” from Dressed Up as Life. The band closed their set with “’You’re Going Down,” which was definitely a fan favorite.
Skillet started their set by immediately launching into a new song, “Feel Invincible,” which is currently being played on radio stations across the country. The band is touring for their new album, Unleashed, which was released in August. After their first song, Skillet continued into “Whispers in the Dark.” During their set, lead singer and bassist John Cooper called out one of the audience members he had met earlier, and dedicated “Back From the Dead” to him. For a couple of the songs, the band members performed while on moving platforms on the stage that raised them up and down. The band also brought a cellist out to perform the strings parts on a few songs, including “Awake and Alive,” “Comatose,” and “The Last Night.” Towards the end of “Undefeated,” guitarist Seth Morrison went into a powerful guitar solo. During “Those Nights,” Cooper got off the stage and went to the crowd to have them sing along. A fan towards the back of the crowd was holding up a poster stating that this show was their 56th Skillet show, and Cooper made sure to recognize them for their dedication. Skillet ended their set with “Rebirthing,” but came back on the stage to finally end the night with “The Resistance” for an encore.