Collective Soul

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Collective Soul Still Shines Through
Venue/Date: Roseland Theatre (Portland, OR)
Concert Date:  
February 27th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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by Brian Blair
photos by Jackie Butler

Collective Soul
w/Low Millions
Roseland Theater
February 27 , 2005

Two songs into Collective Soul�s set, vocalist Ed Roland asked the sold out crowd, �Remember us? We�re Collective Soul. We�re the one-hit wonder band from 1994, in case you forgot.�

Ever since the band burst onto the charts with �Shine,� more than a decade ago, the quintet has repeatedly been marginalized and dismissed as a flash in the pan. With astounding regularity, however, the band has continuously squeezed one more hit out of its pens and, to date, has managed to land 21 singles on Billboard�s charts.

Collective Soul

If Collective Soul has been discounted in the past, there�s certainly more of a reason to do so now. Not only has the band split from longtime label Atlantic Records and chosen to self-release its new album, Youth, but the recording marks the first album of original material from the band since the release of 2000�s Blender.

Collective Soul vocalist/guitarist
Ed Roland

A packed crowd showed that fans hadn�t forgotten the band nor had they moved on to other groups. At the same time, the throng didn�t appear to be the usual crowd enticed out of their homes for a rock show. Although there were a few pre-teens scattered throughout the room, most of those in attendance looked to be somewhere in their 30s, if not slightly older.

Starting the show with The Who�s �Join Together� spilling out of the speakers, the band made its entrance by coming up the stairs behind the audience at the Roseland Theater. Snaking through the crowd, the group made its way to the stage and each of the five took their assigned locations, which they would pretty much maintain for the rest of the evening. Once in place, the group launched into �Counting The Days,� Youth�s first single.

A series of hits from the band�s past followed � �Listen,� �December,� �Precious Declaration� and �She Said� � before returning to Youth for �Perfect To Stay,� one of six tracks from the album to get stage time in the set.

Collective Soul vocalist/guitarist Ed Roland

The band was assisted by two new guys to the fold, drummer Ryan Hoyle and guitarist Joel Kosche. Hoyle�s filling in for regular drummer Shane Evans on the west coast leg of the tour and Kosche has permanently replaced Ross Childress. Introducing Kosche to the crowd, Roland talked about the new guitarist abilities and commanded him to �Give me a Queen riff,� which Kosche responded to with a bit of �Tie Your Mother Down.� Another taunt elicited AC/DC�s �Rock �N� Roll Ain�t Noise Pollution� and a detour into Ted Nugent�s �Cat Scratch Fever� brought the rest of the band in for a few bars. The game ended with Roland asking for The Cars and Kosche playing a part of �Candy-O.� At the end, Roland joked that he was only able to play the songs he actually wrote.

Halfway into the set, the band left the stage to Roland and he meandered through one of his country compositions, �Now You Got Me Drinking, Don�t Let Me Drink Alone.� Afterwards, he followed it up with �Satellite� and �Needs,� which brought the band back out to finish the song.

Collective Soul guitarist Joel Kosche

Moving through more hits, like �Run� and �Gel,� the band got to �The World I Know.� While it�s been one of Collective Soul�s bigger hits, it�s not exactly the song that one would expect audiences to rally behind. Yet, they did and in a major way. At the end of the song, the audience offered a sustained applause that left the band visibly moved and unsure how to deal with the outpouring of support.

Regaining control, the band hit �Why, Pt. 2� and ended the set with �Better Now,� the new single from Youth, which ended with the audience chanting the chorus as the band exited the stage. After a brief absence, the fivesome returned for �Heavy� and the expected closer �Shine.�

As the members left the stage for good, Roland took the mic one final time to yell, �Go tell your family, go tell your friends. We are Collective Soul.� In some ways the declaration could sound pretentious but, for a band that�s been regularly written off, the words sounded more like a refusal to go away quietly. And, thanks to a somewhat impressive and genuine show, it�s unlikely that audiences will be abandoning the group anytime soon.

On the other side of the spectrum was the show�s opening band, Low Millions.

Low Millions vocalist/guitarist Adam Cohen

Low Millions vocalist/guitarist Adam Cohen and
bassist Jorgen Carlsson

Low Millions vocalist/guitarist
Adam Cohen

Fronted by Adam Cohen, son of the legendary Leonard Cohen, the Los Angeles band just reeks of being a blip on the screen type of act. Working through a set of songs that seemed to be overwhelmingly based on former loves of the band members (Low Millions debut album is titled Ex-Girlfriends), Cohen and company lacked any real musical substance.

A few of the songs were passable but they are missing those endearing elements that will keep audiences returning for years to come. A song like �100 Blouses,� which talks about cycling through women in pursuit of the perfect one, may sound cute at first but it�s the type of thing that will wear thin as time goes by.

Everything about the Low Millions suggests that it�s a bar band that has stepped beyond its boundaries. From Cohen�s smarmy interaction with the crowd to the band�s wild-eyed approach to playing in front of an audience, it was as if the foursome was a local group that called in to open the big show.

It�s quite likely that Cohen�s name and guitarist Michael Chaves� work with John Mayer have helped the band land its deal with Manhattan and the smattering of airplay the band is receiving but that can only go so far. Eventually, the quartet will learn that longevity comes from continuously producing quality material, as Collective Soul has done.




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