I can't help but wonder how Miles McPherson felt when the YC staffers told him that he wouldn't be able to deliver his final talk because they were running late. I mean, I can understand that the kids at YC, given an either/or choice between the two, would have picked to watch Skillet than listen to McPherson again, but did the organizers ever goof with the logistics planning. Not only were the security measures almost completely ineffective, but they were incredibly time-consuming. Whoever thought it was a good idea to have two doors open to feed over 16,000 people into a stadium on the final night should definitely be removed from the planning committee next year.
As for Skillet itself, they put on an awesome concert. To me, most groups in concert sound the same - "Crash crash squeal crash word crash squeal". Skillet was great because you could actually hear the tunes and each individual instrument instead of a cacophony. Plus, they had a violin and a cello, which is highly unusual, it would seem. But the little bit that their head musician said gave me the impression that he was somewhat arrogant, which made me sad. Apparently he and his wife were going to a Subway and a kid from YC recognized them.
Kid: Hey, are you Skillet?
Cooper: No, I'm TobyMac.
Maybe it actually was funny and just came across as arrogant in the retelling, but in any case it didn't give a good impression.
This leads to the question - is it possible to have a Christian music band that actually manages to stay focused on their purpose rather than their popularity?
I've never been on a popular band, so I really couldn't say, but it's definitely got to be really hard. A friend who has been part of a Christian music group said that the competitive comparison game surrounding the industry eventually made him feel so sick he had to leave. On the other hand, I know people from another group that is currently on tour, and they're all extremely nice and appear to be focused on the ministry, not the luster. Last I heard, they didn't mind sleeping all night on the floor of the recording studio to save a few bucks. Here's hoping they don't lose that to the razzle-dazzle of lights.
"I'm only here on Earth to serve God. I never had a career. I don't care about commercialism. I have a ministry and I'll fight for the ministry." Larry Norman