Collective Soul have married monster riffage to memorable hooks ever since they started dominating airwaves in the ‘90s. Today, the hard rock standard-bearers are still bringing the same ferocity that made them famous to all their live shows. On standouts like “Shine”, “The World I Know”, and “December”, lead singer Ed Roland’s killer pipes are guaranteed to floor audiences. As fans sing along to the hits they know by heart, the rest of the band delivers blazing riffs, precise drum beats, and driving basslines that come together like a sonic stampede. Now Collective Soul has thrilled fans with the announcement of the See What You Started Tour in 2015, as they promise to rock cities across America with their classics and new favorites.
After studying guitar and songwriting at the Berklee College of Music, Ed Roland returned to his home of Stockbridge, GA and formed several bands in the early ‘80s. Failing to move beyond his local scene, he attempted to sell his songs to a publishing company with a 1993 demo tape entitled Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. Instead (thanks to some help from his local DJ friend) the song “Shine” became a surprise radio hit and Atlantic Records released the demo in 1994 as the band’s de facto debut. The sudden attention lead to requests for live performances, and Roland quickly formed a touring lineup for Collective Soul. They immediately took to the studio to work on their polished 1995 self-titled album, which became a triple-platinum success with singles like “December”, “The World I Know” and “Where the River Flows”. In addition to the four standouts from their first two albums, the group went on to have three more #1’s on the Modern Rock chart: “Precious Declaration”, “Listen”, and “Heavy”. More than 20 years into their musical journey, Collective Soul continues to rock out at their gripping live performances and on their hard-hitting albums, including 2015’s See What You Started by Continuing.
Collective Soul is still awesome after 20+ yrs
The bands were great. The issue is the venue sound quality and people standing up the entire time.
Tonic and Collective Soul did not disappoint
I looked forward to this show for a while. I love Tonic and Collective Soul, and they certainly didn't disappoint me! I wish Tonic had been on a little more. Collective Soul made me feel like part of the family, talking to the crowd and really getting them going.
Our Lady Peace Is Amazing!
I bought the tickets to see OLP and considered Tonic and Collective Soul as bonus bands. OLP was awesome! They were energetic and sounded great. I just wish their set had been longer, because they didn't get to play everything I wanted to hear. Tonic was also very good, and I enjoyed remembering their songs as they played them. Then there was Collective Soul. The lead singer is a pompous idiot who loudly proclaimed to one of his fans that he's a "rock star," implying that she was beneath him. The music center held about 5,000 and wasn't even half full. Some rock star... Then he stomped around on stage and insisted that the audience sing "LOUDER!" We stuck around to see if OLP might make another appearance but ultimately left early because Collective Soul's lead singer (whose name I don't even care to know) was so obnoxious. I thought I'd enjoy some nostalgia when he sang songs I recognized, but his personality ruined his set. Good thing I'd already got my money's worth from Tonic and OLP! They were definitely worth seeing again and again and again!
Collective Soul, OLP, & Tonic
Loved the bands and the clean openness of the venue. However- the acoustics were terrible for all 3 bands. You couldn't hear hardly any words or even voices over the bass. You couldn't hear the acoustical guitar either. A friend told me she had the same experience with another band... Makes us wonder if the venue has engineering issues...
This concert was great! The bands all rocked hard after 20 + years! The venue was very nice as well