Jan. 18 | 8 p.m.
Silver Legacy Grande Exposition Hall | Reno, Nev.
After building a following playing the college underground rock circuit in Atlanta Ga., the guitar heavy sound of Collective Soul burst into international fame with their 1993 release “Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid,” which included the hit single “Shine” among a collection of demos from singer, Ed Roland. The album achieved Double Platinum status and earned the band an invitation to the 25th Anniversary Woodstock Concert.
The group followed up the success of their first album with their highest selling record to date. The self-titled collection featured four hit singles ranging from the melodic nostalgia felt in “The World I Know” to the heavy grind of “Where the River Flows” and cemented Collective Soul’s status as one of the definitive mainstream alternative rock sounds of the 90s.
In the following years, the band produced three more albums each containing hit singles. Their 1999 album “Dosage” is considered by many fans to be some of the band’s best work though it did not see as much success in the Billboard charts as previous albums. The single “Heavy” was the exception. It broke the record at the time for holding the top spot on the Billboard charts for 15 weeks.
After releasing a greatest hits collection titled “7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001” Collective Soul ended their contract with Atlantic Records and started their own label, El Music Group. The first release, “Youth,” came out in 2004 and celebrated the bands newfound independence in the confident lyrics of “Better Now.” They released two more records and their first concert DVD featuring the Atlantic City Youth Orchestra under the El Music Group label in 2005 and 2006.
In 2007, the band formed an exclusive deal with Target stores appointing the department store chain as the sole seller of their 7th studio album, “Afterwards.” The album opened at No. 25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart and proved Collective Soul could hold its ground in the digital market by placing No. 5 in the Billboards Top Internet Albums Chart. “Afterwards” was later released internationally under the El Music Group label.
In 2008, Collective Soul reached out to a younger audience when they released “Tremble For My Beloved” on the soundtrack to the hit movie “Twilight.” Embracing the tween demographic gave Collective Soul a new burst of momentum as they returned to the studio in 2009 to record a second self-titled album under a new record label, Roadrunner Records. The album stays true to Collective Soul’s post-grunge sound and appeals to their new young audience and long-time fans alike.
Collective Soul celebrates their 20th anniversary this year with plans to release their 8th studio album before embarking on an extensive tour.
Catch this classic alternative rock band as they play through favorite hits and lesser-known gems at the Silver Legacy Grande Exposition Hall on Jan. 18. For more information, visit silverlegacyreno.com.