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hits such as “Shine,” “Breathe” and “Wasting Time.” The band had a steady stream of suc- cess performing its post-grunge rock songs throughout the ‘90s, and is still working. Since that smash debut record, Collective Soul has released


COLLECTIVE SOUL Val-du-Lakes Amphitheatre, Mears June 18, 7 p.m. valdulakes.com


seven more, with another in the works. Joel Kosche has played lead guitar for


Collective Soul since 2003, but his roots to the band go back a lot further. “We all grew up in the same part of town


[south of Atlanta, Ga.], and we had a lot of mutual friends.”


FANS IN BLACK I


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T’S BEEN NEARLY TWO DE- CADES since Collective Soul released its double-platinum record, Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid that had


Despite not joining the


band till nearly a decade later, Kosche has fond memories of seeing Collective Soul lead singer and founder Ed Roland play in clubs in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. “Ed was always doing


original [songs], which was different,” Kosche said. It would hardly be correct to say that


Kosche missed out on the heydays of Collective Soul. The guitarist is able to point to several high points during his tenure with the band. In 2005, Collective Soul performed two shows with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, which was later released as a DVD, Home. “It was a big deal for us” Kosche says. “We


had a blast.” Kosche also points to 2009, when the band


was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, as a great honor. The induction puts the band members in a club with acts like Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers Band and R.E.M. Collective Soul is also on tour this sum-


mer. On June 18, the band will perform with another ‘90s alternative favorite, Better Than Ezra, as part of the “Rise of the Phoenix” concert series at Val-Du-Lakes in Silver Lake, north of Muskegon.


Kosche says Collective Soul’s fan base


has hardly diminished over the years, and has actually expanded significantly. “It comes down from [younger fan’s]


parents,” Kosche says, referring to the elder statesmen status of many older listeners. Another catalyst for young and newer fans


was the appearance of the band’s 1998 song, “Tremble for my Beloved,” appearing on the Twilight soundtrack. “We’ve noticed a whole new generation of fans, usually dressed in black.” n


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