With our Candlebox interview published today, we’ve finally dug through our huge backlog of Welcome To Rockville features. You can use this page to find all of our reviews, interviews and photo collections.
Our own Jackie Creedon snagged these great shots at the excellent Collective Soul set at Welcome To Rockville.
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The RARA’s Farm team decided to divide and conquer this year’s two day Welcome To Rockville festival and I have to think we had the more melodic day, as we enjoyed a magnificent Saturday of excellent rock ‘n roll at the newly configured Metropolitan Park.
Damn – that was one hell of a way to kick off a festival. On a beautiful, warm Florida day, thousands of fans at Jacksonville’s newly arranged Metropolitan Park were treated to some killer live rock ‘n roll.
Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project Show Review
Ed Roland has been the heart and soul of the legendary rock band Collective Soul for the past eighteen years. He’s now embarked on an intriguing side effort, The Sweet Tea Project, and sounding better than ever. Roland and his band-mates hail from Atlanta, Georgia and had been playing Peach City extensively over the past few months, before kicking off their tour at Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions.
Many in the crowd came expecting a Collective Soul show but were pleasantly surprised with the entertaining and fun set offered up by Roland and friends. Their music is a totally different take than Collective Soul, featuring a smooth, laid back folksy rock sound with a slight country vibe. It’s a refreshing new path for Roland, and an excellent show.
The line-up featured three guitarists, a bass player and drummer; pleasantly devoid of the synthesizers that dominate today’s new rock landscape. In short it was a nice old school approach with a fresh new sound. Although this is the first stop on their tour, the band was sharp and seemed totally cohesive throughout the show.
They kicked the set off with a rocking version of “Stomp” featuring lyrics that captured the band’s vibe: “Soak up summer… that sweet southern shine.” Throughout the set, Roland was clearly the focal point, yet all of the other band members took turns in the spotlight, and shared vocal responsibilities. He was extremely in the spotlight and interacted with the packed crowd all night.
The first hour plus was focused on the new music of The Sweet Tea Project, and a few of the fans got a bit antsy for the Collective Soul hits. But Roland and the band were quickly winning over the house and having an absolute blast playing their tunes and interacting with the fans. At one time offering “If it wasn’t different it would be fuckin’ Collective Soul up here.”
There were a few nice twists thrown in, as well. After sharing how influential Johnny Cash was to him, Roland kicked off a rollicking version of “Devils and Darlins” that morphed perfectly into Cash”s classic “Folsom Prison Blues.” They dedicated a song to folks in the military that was powered by heavy audience participation and later in the show offered up a few Lynyrd Skynyrd tidbits. When a fan shouted out “Freebird,” Roland and the band threw out a spontaneous three minute snippet of the rock anthem. Cool stuff!
They then closed with a nice collection of Collective Soul tracks, but creatively, each was performed with a Sweet Tea Project spin, and again it worked extremely well, highlighted by “December,” “Gel” and killer versions of “Shine and The World I Know.” A great end to a fantastic show.
If this band is in your area, it’s a can’t miss show, with or without the Collective Soul tracks.
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We strongly suggest you check out Elise Rossi’s interview with Ed Roland on the WMMO website.
I’ll admit; attending this show was a total afterthought. I went to the Downtown Throwdown to see a few other personal favorites playing in celebration of Hard Rock Cafe’s 40th Birthday in downtown Orlando. As I left the powerful Everclear show (read about it here) I swung by the Main Stage to check out the night’s closing band.
I was not a huge Collective Soul fan, but I was pretty damn impressed. These guys from Atlanta are great musicians, they were having a great time and still performing at a high level. The heart and soul of this band are three original members, Ed and Dean Roland on Guitar and Will Turpin on bass, as well as long-time lead guitarist Joel Kosche. Ed Roland handles all of the vocals and is a strong presence on stage.
The free outdoor show had a great turnout, and the long city block was packed for their 75 minute set. I missed the first few songs, as their set overlapped with Everclear’s, but still got to hear the quintet play a slew of their past #1 Rock hits, highlighted by “Gel,” “Where the River Flows,” “December,”” and “The World I Know.”
The highlight of the show was a song that I was unfamiliar with “Hollywood,” which is from the band’s 2007 album Afterwords. The track is a great modern blend of their classic sound. It was great, but made even better by interspersing a medly including Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” (complete with Ed taking the lead and channeling his best Angus Young duck walk), some more AC/DC with “Dirty Deeds,” and then back into “Hollywood.” Fun stuff. One concert goer uploaded a fun snippet of the song to Youtube. Take a peek.
Another cool observation: instead of stepping off the stage for an encore, Rowland shared with the crowd, “we just stand over there, make you cheer for awhile and come out and play our final cuts. Let’s just stay out here and play.” And, they did just that, rocking the streets of Orlando for an additional 15 minutes. They closed the show with an extended version of “Shine.” Kosche tore through an energetic solo, and Ed Roland led the crowd in an impressive singalong. He was the consummate front man interacting with the crowd throughout and generally having a great time. His voice was superb, as well.
This time I saw them by chance. Next time they’re in town, I’ll be back by choice!