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Passion still drives the music of Collective Soul

The band has been referred to as the “Southern Gentlemen of Rock,” but Georgia-bred Collective Soul’s live shows are heavy-hitting, tightly wound dynamic displays with one radio-friendly song after the other. Collective Soul opens for the Goo Goo Dolls on Aug. 20 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Even if you think you don’t know Collective Soul’s repertoire, you probably do – the band’s biggest hit, 1993’s “Shine,” is a hard-rock anthem, and any one of the two dozen other songs it has released as singles (seven of which went to No. 1 on the rock charts) are all over radio, films and television. Collective Soul was on the “Twilight” soundtrack. It’s the band you see in concert and say “Oh I love that song, that’s them?”

The band was founded by lead singer/songwriter Ed Roland and his younger brother, rhythm guitarist/songwriter Dean Roland. Collective Soul’s current lineup features their boyhood friend and longtime bass player Will Turpin, drummer Johnny Rabb and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett.

In a phone interview from a tour stop, Dean Roland shed a little light on the band’s longevity, and what it’s like being on the road with Buffalo’s hometown heroes.

Question: How has playing music alongside your brother Ed changed, and how has it stayed the same, in 20-plus years?

Answer: We have always shared a passion for music together, and good fortune has it that we’ve been able to do it together for as long as we have. The thing that has stayed the same is that passion for it. The thing that has changed is we don’t fight as much anymore.

Q: Last year Collective Soul released the studio album “See What You Started by Continuing.” Your brother Ed was quoted as saying it was a return to the band’s roots.

A: It was us getting back to no-nonsense, enjoying the process from a creative perspective, keeping it simple – guitar riffs, and melodies, lyrics that are honest – what we were going through and experiencing at that particular time. Sometimes during a 20-year career you lose focus – it’s not a bad thing, you just change perspective, get back to basics.

Q: How fantastic is it, honestly, to have thousands of people singing a hit song like “Shine” or “World I Know” back to you at a show?

A: It’s a pretty amazing thing. You created this stuff, you work, then you’re on the road. You’re playing music with your best buddies and your brother, and there’s thousands of people participating in this exchange of positive energy. It’s what we do it for. It’s our passion, and it’s what we love to do.

Q: You’ve been on tour with Buffalo’s own rock royalty the Goo Goo Dolls this summer. What’s it been like on the road with them?

A: It’s great, we’ve been buddies with them for many years. Even yesterday we were doing a meet-and-greet before the show and Johnny’s walking through and he hops in the line, just being silly. We’re looking forward to coming back (to Buffalo).”

CONCERT PREVIEW

What: The Goo Goo Dolls with Collective Soul, Tribe Society

When: 6 p.m. Aug. 20

Tickets: $29.50 to $69.50 reserved,$20 lawn.

Info: livenation.com, ticketmaster.com

Special appearance: Ed Roland and Jesse Triplett will perform a free in-store acoustic set at 1 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Lounge at the Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St., Rochester.

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