Collective Soul @ The Jubilee Auditorium

Collective Soul
with The Static Shift
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Calgary, AB
June 25, 2018

Photos courtesy of J. Dirom Photography

The night started out with local favorites, The Static Shift.

With their recent appearance on CTV’s The Launch, and the release of the single, “Wide Awake”, the Calgary trio have been very busy introducing their bluesy/retro rock sound to Canadian music fans. The Calgary stop at The Jube was the first of four shows with Collective Soul.

Don’t let their fresh faces and bell-bottoms fool you, these guys know how to play! Their hour-long set was filled with a throw-back to the days of Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, when rock was young and edgy.

As I sat in the lobby, waiting for the show to start, I couldn’t help but smile and feel a sense of pride as I noticed several “The Static Shift” band shirt being worn by so many wondering about. These three men were among a home-town crowd, and it showed.

Music lovers, keep your eye on The Static Shift, they are well on their way, and I for one, couldn’t be prouder of Calgary’s own.

After a 30-minute break, the house lights dimmed once again, and the Jubilee filled with the sounds of The Sound of Music’s “Climb Every Mountain”. As the crowd went nuts, Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Johnny Rabb and Jesse Triplett strolled onto the stage, while a spotlight focused on frontman, Ed Roland walking from the back of the house to the stage.

Kicking off a 42-date tour in Cowtown, Collective Soul’s setlist consisted of a whole list of hits from their nine-studio album catalogue with tracks like “Why, Pt. 2”, “Shine”, “Precious Declaration”, “December”, “The World I Know”, “Gel”, “Where The River Flows” and “She Said”, to name a few.

They also treated us to a handful of new songs from their up-coming double-CD planned to be released next year, to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  Ed would tell the crowd “you’ll love it” with each new song introduced, and he was right. I, for one, am looking forward to this upcoming release just by the new stuff I heard last night.

After an over 90-min set, the guys closed with the 1999 hit, “Run”. In a quaint and almost touching moment, the show closed with the band walking off stage, but Ed’s acoustic guitar still echoing through the house from off-stage. The crowd repeatedly sang the well-known line “I’ve got a long way, to run” for several minutes, until the guitar strumming stopped, the house lights came up, and just as the night began, The Sound of Music soundtrack’s “So Long, Farewell” played over the house PA.

Thank you Collective Soul for 25 years of music, and cheers to the next 25!

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