By Jon Chattman
Will Turpin recalls a moment a few years ago when he happened to hear one of his band’s songs on a classic rock station. He came to a realization:
“Radio stations or satellite or whatever, people are not getting tired of hearing our songs,” Turpin said. “They’ll keep playing Collective Soul tunes forever. It’s definitely a cool feeling.”
Along with guitarist Turpin, the GA-based Collective Soul consists of Ed Roland on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards; Dean Roland on guitar and vocals; Joel Kosche on lead guitar; and Cheney Brannon on drums.
The band, who hit the Ives Concert Park in CT Monday, has scored seven No. 1 hits, including its breakout first single “Shine,” back in 1993, and “December,” in 1995. Now the group’s eighth studio album is about to come out, and that album’s first single, “Staring Down,” is already a hit.
In the midst of a six-week tour of the states, and pending dates overseas and in Canada, Turpin spoke in a recent interview about playing that gig, playing with the band for 15 years, and my bar mitzvah video.
The band’s been together since the early 1990s; do you ever get sick of touring?
I like playing on stage and playing with my band mates and for people who like to see us. You come to these points I guess where it’s work ” but it’s awesome. Continue reading