Having formed back in 1992, Collective Soul surely have the catalog and following to attract a sizable audience regardless of the venue. The band’s recent appearance at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California validated this point as the group of ticket holders wrapped around the block waiting in anticipation for the doors to open.
Attentive fans were first treated to the double duty performance from Magnets and Ghosts, the collaboration between Ryan Rotesta and Collective Soul guitarist Dean Roland. This pair of musicians first connected during the making of Collection Soul’s 2007 album ‘Afterwords,’ where upon realizing their similar interests formed Magnets and Ghosts during Collective Soul’s 2010 hiatus.
The full house were treated to selections off of Magnets and Ghosts’ 2011 debut ‘Mass’ and their latest EP release ‘Be Born.’ Aspiring opening acts sometimes find themselves facing scrutiny from dedicated followers of the headliner, but in the case of Magnets and Ghosts it helped to have Dean Roland in the mix; not to mention the band’s blend of alt rock complimented Collective Soul’s material.
As for the headliners, Collective Soul are actively touring in support of their latest studio effort, ‘See What You Started By Continuing.’ After nine records and one ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation, Collective Soul haven’t missed a beat in regard to their writing and live performances. The eighteen song set incorporated songs from seven of their albums and didn’t disappoint with a high energy show.
Opening their set with “December” and following with “The World I Know” and “Gel” from their 1995 self-titled album, Collective Soul had their audience eating out of their hands right from the beginning. Multi-talented frontman Ed Roland on vocals, guitar and keyboard took the length of the stage when not behind the main microphone, while Roland, bassist Will Turpin, guitarist Jesse Triplett and drummer Johnny Rabb interacted with fans and fueled the flames of the evening.
The main emphasis remained on their latest activities, as Collective Soul worked in seven songs from their recent EP release ‘See What You Started By Continuing,’ including the memorable numbers “Hurricane,” “Exposed” and “Contagious.” The fan reception was favorable and the energy continue to surge over the course of the performance.
Roland took a moment to address the fans on the tragedy in Paris that rocked the music community just recently, recognizing it’s a sad day but that the attention should remain focused on the music. And remain focused they did, closing out the set with fan favorite “Shine” and “Run” off their ‘Dosage’ album while Roland went from one side of the stage to the other with his acoustic guitar thanking the fans.
Magnets and Ghosts