The opening weekend for the Skillet Lickers’ 2017 Fall Tour was a surefire success. The band entertained the two sellout crowds who descended upon the historic Canton Theatre in downtown Canton, GA on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th, with two showings of their latest theatrical production, “Real Time Radio”, which details the history and development of radio as it relates to music and the Skillet Lickers.
“It’s always great to return to Canton,” says Russ Tanner of the Skillet Lickers. “The crowds both nights were tremendous, and it’s great to be able to showcase our new production in this beautiful theater.”
The show was special in more ways than one, however. This show was Phil Tanner’s first show after undergoing seven-bypass heart surgery just a little over a month ago. Tanner said he felt “great” after the shows and was thrilled to be back on stage with the band he’s been a part of for nearly his entire life. The Skillet Lickers were also privileged to welcome Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida to the show who were staying in Canton while the storm pummeled through southern Florida.
“I can’t imagine what those folks are going through right now, but it’s great to have them here with us and hopefully we can entertain them and give them a little something to take their minds off of what’s happening back home,” said Tanner.
If you missed out on these two big shows in Canton, there’s still plenty of opportunities to catch the band, who have over twenty shows remaining on their 2017 Fall Tour calendar. Their next public show will take place in the band’s hometown of Dacula on October 7th. More info can be found at skilletlickers.org/tour.