Skillet touches on suicide awareness at Las Colonias


Christian metal band Skillet intends to do more than bring great music to Grand Junction during its upcoming concert.

The band wants to bring hope with it on Friday, Sept. 1, at the amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave.

The gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

Friday also is the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month in the Grand Valley.

“We want friends and family to attend this concert and stand together to show support for the people hurting and possibly even contemplating taking their own life,” said Landon Balding, concert promoter and owner of Monumental Events, in a release.

“If at the same time they enjoy an amazing and empowering concert, even better,” he said.

Suicide prevention organizations such as NAMI, The Suicide Prevention Foundation, Camp Hope, Project Lyfe and Don’t will have booths at the concert with suicide prevention information.

Skillet is an advocate for suicide prevention and awareness and one of its songs, “The Last Night,” was written for a friend of the band’s lead singer, John Cooper, after she told Cooper she was contemplating suicide, according to a news release from Monumental Events.

Skillet was formed more than 20 years ago as a “side project” while its founding members were in separate bands, according to a recent post on Skillet’s Facebook page.

Skillet’s members are: Cooper, lead vocalist/bassist; his wife, Korey Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist; Jen Ledger, drummer and vocalist; and Seth Morrison, lead guitarist.

Their strong lyrics and bold, hard-hitting rock anthems have filled 10 studio albums, their most recent, “Unleashed” was released a year ago.

Opening the concert is another well-known name in Christian music: Colton Dixon.

Dixon came in seventh place in Season 11 of ABC’s long-running singing competition, “American Idol.”

Since the show, Dixon has released four albums. The most recent, “Identity,” was released earlier this year.

General admission tickets to this concert range in cost from $25–$35, plus fees. Discounted group rates are available. VIP and reserved seating are sold out.

Tickets are available at, by calling 800-626-8497, the self-serve kiosk at Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre box office.


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