Collective Soul gave a gold medal performance at The Silver Legacy last night (Nov. 6, 2015) in Reno Nevada. I was taken by surprise at the energy and power they delivered. I was expecting a more subdued performance by a group of rockers who were past their prime, but that was not the case. My apologies for underestimating them. Past their prime? I don’t think so.
Singer / songwriter Ed Roland who fronts the band had amazing energy and stage presence. He was all over the stage for the entire 90 minute set while barely breaking a sweat. He was constantly smiling and making eye contact with the crowd, even singling out audience members with a finger point, stare and smile as if to say, “I see you!” He had all the skinny leg moves down, prancing and dancing from one end of the stage to the other.
Don’t scream about,
don’t think aloud,
Turn your head now, baby,
just spit me out.
The show began with the stage void of anybody and only the sound of the introductory guitar licks of December being played by lead guitarist Jesse Triplett from off stage as they all walked on from the shadows. Ed Roland gently delivered the first verse before they hit the chorus of Don’t scream about / don’t think aloud /Turn your head now, baby / just spit me out. This is where the party began.
Collective Soul delivered an arena sized show to the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. As it should be in a rock and roll show the lead singer / front man, and lead guitar player put on quite the show. Not to take away from the rest of the band, they killed it too, but all good rock and roll shows must have their focal points on stage. These things don’t happen by accident. It takes hard work, talent, and a plan. Ed Roland’s years of experience as that front man shined through clear as a bell. He pulled everybody into his world and made us all have a great time. Lead guitar player Jesse Triplett is the newest member of the band, but you wouldn’t know it. He is a great player and has the moves and chops that make for a good show.
The opening number was a live version (I’m just seeing if you’re paying attention) of December with an extended ending that added a lot of solos and production. They also played four songs from their new album, See What You Started by Continuing, which blended in perfectly with the old tried and true numbers. The album was released just over a month before this show and according to Wikipedia it became the number-one alternative album for the week of October 24, 2015.
They started the ‘ramp up’ to the end of the show with Confession, from the new album. Ed Roland left the stage during this song and walked through the theater playing guitar and greeting the crowd. From here the energy built to a crescendo with their mega hit Shine, which blew the roof off of the place. (Side bar: Shine was written by Ed and recorder before there was a Collective Soul with the intent of selling the song, but it became a hit and brought attention from Atlantic Records, and the rest is CS history.)
As they waved and smiled they gradually left the stage
Like a bookend matching the bands entry, the final song, Run, brought the show to a close with all members except for Ed putting down their instruments and coming to the front of the stage where they hugged each other and shook hands with the audience. As they waved and smiled they gradually left the stage with only acoustic guitar and Ed’s voice filling the air, until he too left the stage and all faded away.
SET LIST (click):
AYTA (Are You The Answer) *
World I Know
(*from their new album)
Ed Roland – Lead Vocals / Guitar / Keyboards
Dean Roland – Guitar / Piano / Vocals
Will Turpin – Bass Guitar / Vocals
Jesse Triplett – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Johnny Rabb – Drums
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