COLLECTIVE SOUL is pumped and primed to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style, but they’re really just gearing up for the long haul.
Ever since the barn burning rock band from Stockbridge, GA burst onto the national scene with the runaway success of their multi-Platinum 1993 debut, HINTS ALLEGATIONS AND THINGS LEFT UNSAID, and its ensuing mega-smash hits like “Shine” and “Breathe,” they’ve been on an upward trajectory that’s seen them play to sold-out audiences across the globe while concurrently amassing a most impressive catalog of beloved songs instantly recognizable by their titles alone.
That 25-year tradition will continue as the band--Ed Roland (vocals/guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar/background vocals), Will Turpin (bass/background vocals), Johnny Rabb (drums/background vocals)—heads out on their U.S. tour which should last through the end of the year. Later this summer, they’ll embark on their “Now’s The Time Tour” with Gin Blossoms.
“We are thrilled to be touring with Gin Blossoms celebrating our 25th Anniversary,” proclaims singer/guitarist Ed Roland. “Excited to be on the road with friends and our new music!”
“It’s going to be great to actually tour with the Gin Blossoms,” says COLLECTIVE SOUL bassist/singer Will Turpin. “We’ve played many festival dates together, but never a real tour. Two strong live bands and so many hits!”
As guitarist Dean Roland continues, “You’d think after 25 years of prepping for a another new tour, it may get old…not even close. We feel so fortunate to be able to create and play music for a living. Every time we walk on stage is like the first. And then to do it with a great band and great guys like Gin Blossoms just tops it off.”
“COLLECTIVE SOUL is one of the most consistent bands of our generation, they Rock, and girls dig ‘em, declares Gin Blossoms singer/guitarist Robin Wilson. “I’ve been hoping to tour with them for years. It’s gonna be a great summer.”
“Very excited to tour with Collective Soul this summer,” Gin Blossoms guitarist/singer Jesse Valenzuela continues. “They are great musicians and wonderful guys and we’re gonna have a good time on the road!”
Indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” and “Precious Declaration” (to name but a few) all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity — in short, they’re the jukebox heroes of a new generation. Indeed, the secret sauce to COLLECTIVE SOUL’s continued success story is a simple one: a palpable mixture of insightful songwriting and impeccable band chemistry.
“So much of what we do is based on the camaraderie-ship of the band,” notes frontman and chief songwriter Ed Roland. “The five us work together as a family, and I’ve never been at more ease — and never been more pleased — than going onstage with these guys right now, night after night.”
Gin Blossoms, one of the top alt-rock groups of the ‘90s, recently issued their first new album in eight years, the critically acclaimed MIXED REALITY (2018), highlighted by such singles/videos as “Break,” “Face The Dark” and “Wonder.” The multi-platinum band’s signature blend of introspective lyrics, ringing guitars and finely etched melodies is as strong as ever throughout the album. Gin Blossoms have also been celebrating the 25th anniversary of their multi-Platinum album, NEW MISERABLE EXPERIENCE, which features such classic hits as “Hey Jealousy,” “Found About You” and “Allison Road,” with recent tours where they perform the album in its entirety along with more of their favorites.