Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica recently announced that he will be leaving the band to pursue other interests after nearly a decade with the band. Kasica and front man John Cooper broke the news on the band's website skillet.com. Kasica joined Skillet back in 2001 at the age of 16.

Also, Skillet has confirmed that they will be touring with Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, and Halestorm on the Avalanche Tour...so far, there are no Northwest Dates.