If you’ve kept up with recent Collective Soul news, then you’ll know that the band is hitting the road for a national tour in May and June and that they’ll be doing a special set every night where they’ll be playing their classic album, Dosage, in its entirety. After a long time off of the road, this is the perfect way for the group to get back to work.
“We haven’t toured in almost three years and we wanted to do something that would be fun for us and the fans,” said Collective Soul’s Dean Roland in a recent interview with Alternative Addiction. “Dosage is one of our favorite records and there are a few songs on that album that we haven’t played live at all. We wanted to give it a shot and it’s going to be something new for us and if people want to see it, they should come to the show.”
Out of all of the albums that Collective Soul has made, people seem to gravitate towards the 1999 release of Dosage the most. That’s a fan favorite, but it’s also a band favorite too.
“We kind of went off our instincts,” said Dean of choosing the album to perform on this tour. “We didn’t have a formal meeting. For me, personally, that’s my favorite record that we’ve recorded and that’s kind of a general consensus. We’ve got a good grasp of what we could pull off and what we couldn’t, and how to make that happen.”
In addition to playing Dosage from start to finish, the band will also be playing hits that don’t come from that record and some other fan favorites. Songs like “The World I Know”, “Shine”, and “December” will find their way onto the set lists too. They’re able to do this because they’re not bringing an opening band or a direct support band out with them. It’s just Collective Soul.
Dean went over his initial thoughts on the set list. “We’re hashing out those details but my initial instinct is that we’ll play Dosage in its entirety and then do a little intermission or some kind of break, and then we’ll come back and do a mini-set of some other songs; maybe some of the hits or some other songs that we want to throw in there. Our kind of vision, is almost doing like two sets. It should be easy since there are no other bands that we’re playing with.”
The band is in the process of rehearsals right now, getting ready for the shows and coming up with some different ideas regarding the set lists, but what’s going to be interesting about this tour is that they’ll be playing a number of songs that they’ve never played live before.
“There’s several,” started Roland. “There’s a song called “Slow.” The last song on the record called “Crown” we played one time, we recorded a video with that. We did play it in that setting but we haven’t played it any other time. There’s a song called “Generate” that we played a couple of times out of the gate years ago, but we haven’t revisited that one either. That’s one of the things that I’m looking the most forward to, playing those songs that we haven’t really played [live.]”
Playing songs that the band hasn’t played live before is something that has Collective Soul excited about this tour. When playing shows it’s important for the guys to mix things up and add new things to keep the show from getting monotonous for the band.
“When you’re playing a song like “Shine-” and it’s the first success we had, it’s great. When we play it live it takes on a whole new life and it’s a new experience each time. So it’s not really just a song in particular. It’s the flow of a set that you can get lulled into, that’s where you can get lazy or bored. It’s not really about individual songs, it’s the whole set together, if there’s no danger element to it. You have to check yourself and every once in awhile, you’ve got to mix it up.”
The tour will be a unique experience for the band and for the fans that’re lucky enough to go to a show. That’s why it makes sense to release something to celebrate it. When asked about recording the shows live and releasing a live version of Dosage, Roland wouldn’t rule it out.
“We’ve talked about that a little bit and we’ll probably do something along those lines. Maybe we’ll do that during the second part of the run when we’ve got our stuff together a little bit. The last show is in Atlanta and that might be a perfect place to do it. I hope we can pull that off. It shouldn’t be that difficult, I’d love to make that happen.”
During his time off Dean Roland developed a cool project with Ryan Potesta called Magnets and Ghosts, be sure to check that out at http://magnetsandghosts.com/. After this run with Collective Soul, Dean has plans to hit the road in June and July with the project. To get tickets and connect with Collective Soul on the tour, head to http://www.collectivesoul.com.