What to do in Oklahoma on May 10, 2019: Hear Collective Soul at Shawnee's Grand Event Center
Today's featured event:
SHAWNEE - Hitmakers Collective Soul will perform in concert at 8 tonight at Shawnee's Grand Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort, 777 Grand Casino Blvd.
Tickets to tonight's show are on sale at www.grandboxoffice.com.
As previously reported, the multiplatinum-selling rockers are pumped and primed to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Collective Soul's silver anniversary year will be a celebration of their ongoing legacy in all-out style with a little bit of the classic and a lot of the new.
The Atlanta band's 10th highly anticipated studio album, "Blood," will be released June 21 on Fuzze-Flex Records/ADA. Pre-orders of the album as a download, CD and vinyl are available via any of these digital retailers.
Digital pre-orders include a download of the first single, "Right As Rain," according to a news release. Downloads of "Good Place To Start" and "Them Blues," will be available May 17 and June 7, respectively.
“’Right As Rain’ is a phrase I had for a while,” says singer/guitarist/keyboardist E Roland in a statement. “It was one my grandmother used to tell me about - one of those old Southern things, you know? ‘C’mon, I’m gonna spank you right as rain!’ I never really knew what it meant. While I was writing it, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow’s lead guitarist and musical director) was home one day in Atlanta, and we invited him over to play the slide-guitar solo on the song for us. We all just sat around together and jammed it out.”
"Blood" also features the hard-charging skitter of “Over Me,” the hopeful uplift of a man “Changed,” and the tender promise of “Big Sky.” The album’s final track — the reflective, poignant acoustified coda “Porch Swing” — features background vocals and tasteful dobro licks from Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, according to the release.
“I’ve always been a fan of E Roland and Collective Soul’s recordings,” Shaw says in a statement. “I thought about adding more parts than what Ed asked me to do, but as someone wiser than me once said, ‘Don’t paint over the masterpiece!’”
"Blood" is the culmination of a quarter-century of Collective Soul - E Roland (vocals/guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass/background vocals), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar/background vocals), Johnny Rabb (drums/background vocals) - assessing not only where they’ve come from, but also where they’re going.
“I think 'Blood' expresses where we’ve been on this life journey,” says E Roland. “And we’ve done so with songs featuring piano and strings to those with a lot of guitar riffs. 'Blood' is an accumulation of all the different styles we’ve used over the years, but it’s still Collective Soul. I think it’s the best we’ve ever done. I know you should think that, but I really do think it’s the best. It’s a good, consistent record. We’re just so proud of it.”
While the album title, "Blood," might evoke many different thoughts, for the band, it all comes down to one word: family.
“So much of it is based on the camaraderie-ship of the band,” E Roland explains. “All of us basically have children, and my brother Dean just had a baby girl. Jesse’s the only one who doesn’t have kids, but he’s basically a baby, in age anyway. My brother’s in the band so there’s blood there, but the five us — it’s a family.”
The band's catalog includes indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” and “Precious Declaration” (to name a few), and all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity.
“When ‘Shine’ came out, we got asked, ‘What’s your goal with this band?’ I said, ‘I want to have a whole row of Collective Soul recordings on the shelf.’ That was my goal,” E Roland recounts. “Me, I always wanted to see the full body of work. That’s all I ever wanted. I knew I could write, and as the band progressed and got better, that’s why we wanted to keep going. I don’t think we ever doubted it. We, as the artists — we had no fear. The guys in the band have enough faith in my songwriting, and I have faith in them.”
In touring news, Collective Soul will continue their celebration throughout the year with headlining U.S. shows which should last through the end of the year.
“For us, we want to play the hits as we always do, but I think we also want to share the new record with our fans,” E Roland explains. “At 25 years later, we want to say, ‘Hey, we’re still making the best that we can do.’ Right now, I’ve got seven of the new songs in the setlist, and hopefully, on some nights, we can play the whole thing from start to finish. I mean, it’s our 25th anniversary. We’re going at it hard, everyone! We’re going hard.”
Here’s the complete track listing for "Blood":
1. Now’s The Time
2. Over Me
4. Right As Rain
5. Them Blues
6. Good Place To Start
7. Observation Of Thoughts
9. Big Sky
10. Porch Swing
For more information, go to www.collectivesoul.com.
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