COLLECTIVE SOUL performing in Northfield, OH 6/11 “Now’s The Time Tour”

Multi-Platinum, Georgia-bred rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL–E Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)—are pumped and primed to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style, but they’re really just gearing up for the long haul. The band’s silver anniversary year will be a celebration of their ongoing legacy in all-out style with a little bit of the classic and a lot of the new.

Not only have they already announced their Summer “Now’s The Time Tour” with Gin Blossoms that kicks off May 25, but in keeping with the Atlanta band’s theme of 2019, “now’s the time” to also let fans know that their tenth highly anticipated studio album, BLOOD, will be released June 21 on Fuzze-Flex Records/ADA. Pre-orders of the album as a download, CD, and vinyl are available on any of these digital retailers. Digital pre-orders include a download of the first single, “Right As Rain,” while downloads of “Good Place To Start” and “Them Blues,” will be available May 17 and June 7, respectively.

The “Now’s The Time Tour” with Gin Blossoms lands in Northfield, OH on Tuesday, June 11 at MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage.
“’Right As Rain’ is a phrase I had for a while,” says singer/guitarist/keyboardist E Roland. “It was one my grandmother used to tell me about–one of those old Southern things, you know? ‘C’mon, I’m gonna spank you right as rain!’ I never really knew what it meant (laughs). While I was writing it, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow’s lead guitarist and musical director) was home one day in Atlanta, and we invited him over to play the slide-guitar solo on the song for us. We all just sat around together and jammed it out.”

From stem to stern, BLOOD delivers in full. Witness the hard-charging skitter of “Over Me,” the optimistic declaration of “Right as Rain,” the hopeful uplift of a man “Changed,” and the tender promise of “Big Sky.” The album’s final track — the reflective, poignant acoustified coda “Porch Swing” — features background vocals and tasteful dobro licks from none other than Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, who was beyond thrilled to contribute to the cause. “I’ve always been a fan of E Roland and Collective Soul’s recordings,” Shaw says. “I thought about adding more parts than what Ed asked me to do, but as someone wiser than me once said, ‘Don’t paint over the masterpiece!’”

BLOOD is the culmination of a quarter-century of COLLECTIVE SOUL assessing not only where they’ve come from, but also where they’re going. “I think BLOOD expresses where we’ve been on this life journey,” observes E Roland. “And we’ve done so with songs featuring piano and strings to those with a lot of guitar riffs. BLOOD is an accumulation of all the different styles we’ve used over the years, but it’s still COLLECTIVE SOUL. I think it’s the best we’ve ever done. I know you should think that, but I really do think it’s the best. It’s a good, consistent record. We’re just so proud of it.”

While the album title, BLOOD, maybe evoke many different thoughts and ideas, for the band, it all comes down to one word: family.

“So much of it is based on the camaraderie-ship of the band,” Roland explains. “All of us basically have children, and my brother Dean just had a baby girl. Jesse’s the only one who doesn’t have kids, but he’s basically a baby, in age anyway. My brother’s in the band so there’s blood there, but the five us — it’s a family.”

From the very beginning of the band’s career, Roland always had his eye on the prize. “When ‘Shine’ came out, we got asked, ‘What’s your goal with this band?’ I said, ‘I want to have a whole row of Collective Soul recordings on the shelf.’ That was my goal,” he recounts. “Me, I always wanted to see the full body of work. That’s all I ever wanted. I knew I could write, and as the band progressed and got better, that’s why we wanted to keep going. I don’t think we ever doubted it. We, as the artists — we had no fear. The guys in the band have enough faith in my songwriting, and I have faith in them.”
“For us, we want to play the hits as we always do, but I think we also want to share the new record with our fans,” E Roland explains. “At 25 years later, we want to say, ‘Hey, we’re still making the best that we can do.’ Right now, I’ve got seven of the new songs in the setlist, and hopefully, on some nights, we can play the whole thing from start to finish. I mean, it’s our 25th anniversary. We’re going at it hard, everyone! We’re going hard.”

Indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” and “Precious Declaration” (to name but a few) all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity — in short, they’re the jukebox heroes of a new generation. Indeed, the secret sauce to COLLECTIVE SOUL’s continued success story is a simple one: a palpable mixture of insightful songwriting and impeccable band chemistry.

COLLECTIVE SOUL rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-Platinum quintet has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts that has helped shape and define alternative rock. They’ve sold over 20 million records worldwide and continue to average over one million Spotify streams per month. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Live Review -Stryper Live At The Beachland Ballroom

A huge thank you to Stryper for not only a great night of music last night but for 35 years , preaching the word , hearing our thoughts and speaking our hearts. Stryper we salute you to a job well done !

Cleveland, Ohio – The musical icons Stryper made a stop in Cleveland last night to the delight of music fans old and young .The 1980’s icons started off as being labeled  Christian metal back in the day but their legacy has defined them as skilled and creative musicians .The duel guitar work and beautiful melodies go way beyond labels . Just great songs and even greater musicians.

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Last night show was billed as the ” History ” tour a night of hits, theirs and ours and was it ever    . Besides the traditional Stryper set such  ” Calling In On You “and ” To Hell With The Devil ” they played a nice selection covers from Kiss , Judas Priest , Queen, Van Halen  and a few others .

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The fact that this band has been going for 35 years strong prove the dedication of their fans . I am not age biased as I am getting up their as well but I saw quite a few fans in walkers , wheel chairs and scooters .The ironic part was that I have known most of those fans for  over two decades but to see them young again, raising their fists in the air and rocking out , proves to the power of music.

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Stryper consists of Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar ( one of the most underrated guitarists out there, his riffs are heavy, his melodies beautiful and his solos are skillful )

Robert Sweet on drums ,  who monstrosity of a drum  kit    would make  Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham nod in approval but with the skill and creativity to put it all to use .

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Oz Fox on guitar whose quiet demeanor hides the guitar demon he is ( can you call someone in Stryper a demon . In this case I give myself a pass .

Rounding out the bass position is the newest member of the group, Perry Richardson formally of Firehouse doing a great job on the bass and backing vocals , especially on Panama .

A huge thank you to Stryper for not only a great night of music last night but for 35 years , preaching the word , hearing our thoughts and speaking our hearts. Stryper we salute you to a job well done !

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Billy Morris and Sunset Strip opened the show playing a back catalog of various bands from Kidd Wicked , current material and even a Warrant Song .Billy was joined on stage for a cover with local legend Joey D to which the crowd roared in approval . Props to Billy and his band for a fun night !

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Fanatic 2019 – Chile Geeks Out!

Concepcion, Chile – Hype Producciones brings together video gamers and pop culture fans alike so they can geek out! Their biggest event of the year, ExpoGame Chile, which started in 2014, brings in video gamers and cosplayers from around the country. Two years after its creation, Hype felt their fellow gamers needed another fix during their year and created Fanatic in 2016. Fanatic is a scaled down version of ExpoGame but does not disappoint! Concepcion, a city most known for its explosive music scene, needed a bit of something different and Fanatic fits that bill. While Concepcion isn’t short on expositions nor events, there is nothing like connecting with your inner child that can just bring everyone together for 2 days of wrestling, costumes, games, contests, guest speakers and collectibles.

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Characters from many different genres were represented – from video games to comics, to anime to movies and magic. Cosplayers were nothing short of creative and really dove into character.

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There is always some event going on, leading attendees back to the main stage. Fans circle the stage, eager to be chosen, to participant or just to cheer on the contestants.

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Game consoles of all kinds were available for play. Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo all had their stations. Fans could play FIFA, compete in Super Smash Brothers or Just Dance competitions. There was even a place for PC gamers to compete online.

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The national luchadores made an appearance to wrestle for gems to win La Batalla del Infinito.

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Christina Smith is an American expatriate currently residing in Chile covering events  for NEO-Examiner in South America .Book her for any coverage you may need

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Uriah Heep May 9-11 – The Kent Stage A Show Not to Missed !

In celebration of the release of their 25th studio album, Living the Dream, classic rock icons URIAH HEEP will join fellow British rock icons on an extensive North American tour. Kicking off on May 3rd in Hollywood, FL, the trek will run through June 29th in Las Vegas. The current itinerary can be seen below.
Dave Rimmer comments, “‘Speaking as a life long Rock/Metal fan myself, I am very excited that Judas Priest and Uriah Heep will be joining forces to bring a night of Classic British Rock/Metal across America this May/June 2019! See all you Rockers there!”
Vocalist Bernie Shaw continues,” Judas Priest and Uriah Heep on stage together again in the USA. The BEST of BRITISH METAL and BRITISH ROCK coming to rock you guys from coast to coast. NOT a night to miss if you’re a fan of Classic English 70’s Rock! With both bands playing new songs from their new albums plus all the classic favourites , l can’t wait to blow the roof off every arena on the tour! It’s gonna be killer. It’s gonna rock. Live music at its best! See ya there!”


Founding member and lead guitarist Mick Box adds, “Judas Priest/Uriah Heep: Nearly 100 years of British Metal and Classic Rock on one stage. Both bands with outstanding new albums, considered to be by the fans and the media alike, to be some of their their best work, which just confirms the fact it will be an amazing tour and one not to miss. High Calibre, High Octane music coming at you every single night. It cannot get better than that. We cannot wait! ‘Appy days!”
This tour will have Uriah Heep supporting their latest release, Living the Dream on Frontiers Music Srl.  This studio offering will be the 25th in their storied career.
With Special Guests URIAH HEEP
May 3rd: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino
May 4th: Miramar, FL – Village Door Music Hall *
May 6th: Nashville, TN-Municipal Auditorium
May 8th: Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
May 9th: Kent, OH – Kent Stage *
May 10th: Kent, OH – Kent Stage *
May 11th: Kent, OH – Kent Stage *
May 12th: Washington, DC – Anthem
May 14th: Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
May 15th: Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
May 16th: Uncastville, CT – Mohegan Sun
May 18th: Albany, NY – The Palace
May 19th: Albany, NY – The Palace
May 20th: Sellersville, PA – ST94 *
May 22nd: Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
May 23rd: Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
May 25th: Chicago, IL – Rosemount
May 28th: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
May 29th: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
May 31st: Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
June 1st: Little Rock, AR – Riverfest Ampitheatre
June 3rd: St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
June 4th: Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads *
June 5th: Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
June 8th: Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
June 10th: Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
June 11th: Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
June 13th: Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
June 14th: Prince George, BC – CN Centre
June 16th: Kelowna, BC – Propera Place
June 17th: Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
June 19th: Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Casino
June 21st: Seattle, WA – Showare Center
June 22nd: Portland, OR – Moda Center
June 24th: San Francisco, CA – Warfield
June 25th: San Francisco, CA – Warfield
June 27th: Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
June 28th: Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena
June 29th – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
    *Uriah Heep Only
URIAH HEEP debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock’s milestones, “Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble” and have since sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide. They constantly tour the world, playing up to 125 shows a year to 500,000+ fans. The band’s live set features the classic tracks from the ’70s and is a musical journey from the band’s beginnings to the present day.
Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep helped invent a decorative and uniquely British form of heavy metal with their debut album, Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble, offered as a self-titled on American shores, but whatever the titling, historically massive in the invention of a music format that would rule the ‘70s and only intensify in the ‘80s.
Uriah Heep have been responsible for the most elevated and intelligent use of vocals in a heavy metal context amongst the major bands inventing the genre in the 1970s. It is for this reason Heep were coined the Beach Boys of Heavy Metal, and their influence is there for all to see in other bands including ‘Queen.’ They were also one of the forerunners of using the Hammond organ along with Micks signature wah wah guitar and this became the template for their sound.
Success has followed the forging of such an audacious formula. Across 25 studio albums, along with myriad live releases and compilations, Uriah Heep have managed to sell 40 million records worldwide, four million of those in the US. Impressive American numbers, but that leaves 36 million records to be sold in the rest of the world, underscoring the fact that Uriah Heep have become, through their relentless dedication to touring, a truly global band, with particular success in Germany, Scandinavia, Japan, Eastern Europe and Russia, where they were the first Western rock band to play live in Moscow in December 1987 to 180,000 people.
Through their success as Rock n’ Roll pioneers this enabled other bands to follow in their wake and Russia is now part of every bands touring schedule.
Mick Box: Guitars, Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Shaw: Lead Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums, Vocals
Dave Rimmer: Bass, Vocals
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