Last night, Minneapolis was the first stop on Skillet’s Comatose tour, with Thousand Foot Krutch and Decyfer Down. It was at Club 3 Degrees, which is a small Christian club on 1st and 5th downtown. Tiff and I went with a friend, and met up with one of my coworkers and a couple friends at the show.
The doors were set to open at 6:30, we showed up around 6:40 after parking, and the line of people was wrapped around the block. I took a look at the number of people, tried to figure out how in the world they were all going to fit in the club, and then decided not to worry about it. ;) We finally got in around 7:00ish, and found a spot that wasn’t too crowded off to the side. The sound wasn’t the greatest where we were, but the view was much better than the shorter people in our group could have gotten from the floor.. next time I go to the club, I think I will have to pay the $50-$75 for a private table on the first row of the balcony, however.. get a great view and good sound from up there.
Decyfer Down opened up. I’d never heard of them, and I think I will still maintain I’ve never heard of them. Just didn’t interest me.
After about a half-hour set change (eesh), TFK came out. Their show rocked! They were really able to engage the crowd and keep things moving. Unfortunately (for me!), most of the songs they sang were from their new album, which I didn’t even know existed until yesterday afternoon.. but they did pull out a couple of their old songs, which was great.
Then came Skillet. From the moment they got on the stage, they had the crowd moving – it was great. If you’re not familiar with Skillet, they are a bit of a unique band – the lead singer (John Cooper) plays bass, they have another guy on guitar (Ben Kasica), John’s wife Korey is on keyboards and guitar, and they have an unbelievable female drummer named Jen Ledger. They also have an cello and violin in many of their songs, which is pretty awesome – how often do you see a rock show with strings other than guitars? In any case, their entire performance was unbelievably sweet – by far the best concert I’ve been to. I just wish I had gotten there an hour earlier, so we could have gotten a good spot on the floor – but ah well. ;)
If you ever have a chance to see TFK or Skillet in concert, all I can say is do it!
the cello dude is Tate Olsen and the violinist is Jonathan Chu