JUNE 28th 2018
COLLECTIVE SOUL
Review by Richard Steven Hensey
Photos by Peter Ruttan

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There is nothing better than live music. I’ve been a fan of Collective Soul for many years and the band has been one of the unwavering mainstays in the music industry for 20 years. As the band and its members have matured, so has their music, in both form and substance since there first release Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. The Atlanta based super group has a small cross Canada run before they hit the US with 3 Doors Down for the summer. Two nights were booked in Vancouver BC and here is the review of the first night. Opening band was Calgary-based trio The Static Shift. Vocalist Mitchell Brady lead the charge with  Isaiah Stonehouse on bass and Keone Friesen on the skins. With hard rock blues vocals and playing to a packed house these guys seems cool and collected rock trio. If you are a fan of bellbottoms and 70’s riffs this band is worth checking out. They easily delivered an energetic and entertaining 40-minute set.

Just after 10pm walking on stage we have vocalist Ed Roland, Dean Roland and Jesse Triplett on guitars with Will Turpin on bass and Johnny Rabb on the drums. This band was born to perform live. The interaction that ED has with the fans. Ed belted out the first 3 songs “Nows the Time”, “Over Me”  and my personal favourite “ Shine”. I knew things got off to a rocking start as the packed crowd sang along. Collective Soul has always been about spotlighting new material in concert, and tonite’s show was no different. There was mention of a new studio album which delighted the crowd with cheers. Ed would end the show saying “Thank you so much for giving us a fucking life,” with two fingers in the air. Collective Soul will play again tonight to a sold out Commodore Ballroom. Tickets might be available at will call as they will usually release 25 or so once doors open.

 

Set List:

Nows the Time

Over Me

Shine

Heavy

This

Why PT 2

Listen

Better Now

Hurricane

Precious

Right as Rain

Rule #1

AYTA

She Said

Observation

World

Gel

River Flows

Run