Collective Soul “Shines” in Kentucky with Switchfoot and Jade Jackson.
Threatening skies welcomed fans to the to the new Amp at Dant Crossing on this Labor Day evening for what promised to be a wonderful night of fun and classic music with Collective Soul and Switchfoot.
Resuming the final 13 stops (after a brief 9 day hiatus) of their 40 tour run that started all the way back on July 15th in Gary, IN, Collective Soul is going great guns right now. The band is touring in celebration of their 11th studio release, Vibrating (released on August 12th of this year) and couldn’t have sounded better this evening. Starting the evening a little later than expected as heavy rains and a lightning storm passed overhead, Collective Soul opened the evening with the first single from the Vibrating album “Cut The Cord” followed by fan favorite “Heavy from 1999’s Dosage album and then back to the Vibrating album with “all Our Pieces”.
The always flamboyant and entertaining front man Ed Roland was clearly having a great time explaining that the lightning delay was Dean’s fault and declaring that he wore his Kentucky blue jacket for you all noting that we are (Georgia) bulldogs’ fans but we love our Cats (referencing the University of Kentucky Wildcats). Collective Soul’s mega hit “Shine” was next in the set and had everyone up on their feet.
Over the next hour fabulous renditions of “Better Now,” “The World I Know,” “Right as Rain,” “December” and a rousing cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love” came pouring from the Amphitheater stage much to the enthusiastic fans delight. Addressing the crowd one last time this evening, Ed states “Man, it’s great to see faces again and what a great setting this is!” before Collective Soul closed out this fantastic evening with “Gel,” “Where the River Flows” before ending the set and the evening with “Run” leaving fans fully satisfied.
Providing the main support on this tour is San Diego based rockers Switchfoot. Taking the stage as a light rain started to fall, Switchfoot rolled into a fun and lively set beginning with fan favorites “Take My Fire” and “Stars” followed by a raucous cover of The Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage”. Despite the rain and encroaching lighting front man Jon Foreman, bassist and brother Tim Foreman, drummer Chad Butler, guitarist Boaz Roberts and Jerome Fontamillas on Keyboards and guitar were bound and determined to have a great time. Over the stage front barrier and out into the crowd, Jon mingled with fans while rolling through “If I Were You,” “Where the Light Shines Through” and “Float”. As Switchfoot completed their penultimate song of the evening, “I Won’t Let You Go” lightning had crept close enough to force a short delay and turn off all the on stage equipment but … Jon and Tom had other ideas. Armed with an acoustic guitar, Switchfoot closed out the evening with “Dare You to Move” surrounded by very appreciative fans.
Opening the evening was singer songwriter Jade Jackson with an all too short set of original songs.