Yeah, they were pretty cool.
Went to Mt. Clemens and the Emerald Theater to see Collective Soul last night.
I've been wanting to see CS for years now. I had a chance the summer of '01, with Driver and Neff, but I think I was having girlfriend issues. I missed my chance either way.
Then, with their new album Youth, I saw they were going on tour. But the closest venues were in Toronto and Chicago.
So finally, via my handy weekly e-mail from Ticketmaster, I saw they were coming somewhere closer. Thank goodness.
Ed Roland and the gang put on a great show - I heard everything I wanted to hear, including an extended, "everyone sing!" version of "Better Now," the best song on the new album, I think.
The new album is a bit glossy, much like Blender before it. But CS seems to have found a formula - great sing-along rock/pop tunes - and it has seemed to work. Everyone knows a Collective Soul song, whether they realize it or not.
Collective Soul is a fun band - both to listen to and to watch. I'm glad I finally got a chance to do the latter.