Live: the legendary ‘post-grunge’

Collective Soul playing Cranbrook concert in April.

Collective Soul — Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars)

Collective Soul — Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars)

Townsman Staff

Atlanta-based rock band Collective Soul are bringing their alternative rock bona fides to Cranbrook — as a stop on a new Canadian tour fresh off the release of a new album.

The band that helped sonically define alternative rock will be playing Western Financial Place in Cranbrook on April 19, 2016. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 19.

Formed in the small town of Stockbridge, Georgia, in the early 1990s, Collective Soul consists of principal songwriter and frontman Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars), Dean Roland (rhythm guitarist), Will Turpin (bassist), Johnny Rabb (drummer) and Jesse Triplett (lead guitarist). Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, the five-piece “post-grunge” band broke into mainstream popularity with their debut album “Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid,” and the single “Shine,” and they carried their success through into the next two decades. Last fall, in October, 2015, they released their long-awaited ninth album — “See What You Started by Continuing” — having spent a six year hiatus between releases.

The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Album chart, marking the band’s highest charting position on the Alternative Album chart in their illustrious career. According to the online music forum Allmusic: “Maybe it’s a mere continuation, not a revival, but this heavy dose of straight-ahead hard rock makes ‘See What You Started by Continuing’ one of Collective Soul’s best records yet.”

Collective Soul is excited to be heading back to Canada. “We always love seeing our friends in Canada, and we can’t wait for the tour. Let the rock begin!” said frontman Ed Roland.

Tickets for Collective Soul go on sale Friday, Feb. 19, and are available in person at Western Financial Place Box Office, or by phone 250-426-SEAT (250-426-7328) or online tickets.cranbrook.ca. Prices are: Regular – $52; Prime – $65; VIP Gold – $137.75; VIP Silver – $73.25.