On Monday I was given the distinct pleasure of hosting Skillet in the Planet studios during my show. I have been a die-hard fan of the band for the past six years starting when the band last came to Entercom Greenville to promote their single at the time "The Older I Get" from their Comatose album. I was familiar with the band from their early days but wasn't real fond of what I had heard from their early sound but was quite impressed with how their sound had evolved on the Comatose record and even the album before it, Collide. To this day, "Rebirthing" is one of my favorite all-time songs.
So, needless to say, I was 'geeking out' that they were coming on my show despite the fact that I had met the band numerous times from the even more numerous shows of theirs I had attended over the past six years not the least of which being the Planet's Birthday Bash back in 2010.
I have been a Panhead just about as long as I have been music director at 93.3 the Planet and, in that time, I had yet to receive a single gold or platinum record plaque from any of the bands that we have supported over the years. I have a couple of plaques hanging in my office left by my predecessor but none that bear my name. I know it sounds silly and selfish, but I have always coveted one. Well, not only did I get my wish and not only did it come from a band I actually like, it was hand delivered by a band I love! And that means more to me than words could ever express!
After the band presented me and Mark with our personalized platinum Skillet Awake plaques, they got set up for their acoustic performance. Once they were set, we had our winners come in and they played their current single, "Sick of It" followed by the next single and title track of their new album (due out this Tuesday, June 25th), "Rise".
After their performance, they hung out for a while to take some pics and sign some autographs for the listeners and the staff. And, yes, I snuck in yet another photo opp!
Along with having Corey Taylor and Clown from Slipknot invade my show several years ago, it was definitely one of my proudest moments in my radio career! And you can bet yer arse that plaque is on my office wall this very moment as I am writing this!