COLLECTIVE SOUL TO APPEAR AT BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY

Just announced today, the iconic grunge band Collective Soul will play this Saturday at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival this Saturday, March 12. Collective Soul is replacing the previously-scheduled Goo Goo Dolls, who had to cancel due to an illness.

Rock band O.A.R. will take the stage as planned on Sunday, March 13.

 

The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from March 5 through April 24.  Concerts are at 6 p.m. and are included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. 

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Collective Soul  – Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m., Gwazi Park
As Ed Roland sings in “This,” the infectious first single and kick-off track on See What You Started By Continuing: “I got to go… where this song leads / Got to go… where this heart bleeds.”  Collective Soul have followed their songs and souls to hits and multi-platinum alt-rock success, starting with 1993’s anthemic hit “Shine” and onto “December,” “The World I Know,” a duet with Elton John, a song on the hit Twilight soundtrack, and eight acclaimed albums.

But that was then. And this is now. See What You Started By Continuing, produced by Ed Roland, as were all the band’s previous records, is Collective Soul’s ninth album, and first in six years. After 19 straight years of an often-gruelling album-touring cycle, the pause was intentional. And it served to bring the Atlanta-based line-up back with a fresh enthusiasm and approach. “People take vacations for a reason; to recharge and enjoy yourselves,” Ed observes. On their time off, Ed’s younger brother Dean formed a duo; Ed created the Sweet Tea Project; Will Turpin released solo records. “When we came back, we were just so ready and happy to be together and make new music,” says Ed. “We had time to think about what we had accomplished, and we are very proud of that. We came back with a lot more confidence.” Plus, with the 2012 addition of drummer Johnny Rabb, and lead guitarist Jessie Triplett joining the family in 2014, the classic Collective Soul triumvirate were even further energized.

See What You Started By Continuing accomplished what the line-up intended, explains Ed: “We said ‘let’s not be a band that rests on what we did 20 years ago.’ It was the first time we recorded with Jessie and Johnny so there was that new flair and excitement. Dean, Will and I had done eight other records together, but the new guys and the break really helped our heads into, that ‘wow this is exciting,’ and attitude adjustment.”

The slightly inscrutable album title, if dissected, makes perfect sense for Collective Soul’s current attitude, as Ed explains: “I write down a bunch of stuff all the time, phrases and words and that came up, and felt like where we were going with this record. We started something so long ago and we really haven’t changed. We experiment with sounds but we are still a rock n roll band; we make no apologies for that. If people say rock’s dead–I don’t think so. We’ve got our second wind and are ready to go; we’re not starting over, just continuing, strongly, with the same thing we started. Or the simpler answer laughs Ed, “I don’t know it just feels good, dude.”

See What You Started By Continuing does feel good, and the album benefited from fan and on-the-road-feedback. Collective Soul hit the studio in early 2014, but booked shows in the midst of the recording process, so “we were going out and tweaking new songs in front of live audiences; it was a lot fun, it was like pre-production.” Ultimately, the powerful collection of tunes nods to the past, but is a big step into the future. “We really appreciate where we started, and now, where we are as a band,” concludes Ed. “I mean, we won the lottery, so let’s keep going, and going strong. We’ve got our second wind.”

O.A.R.- Sunday, March 13 at 6 p.m., Gwazi Park

O.A.R., or Of a Revolution, is a shape-shifting rock band that is renowned for its vibrant live shows and powerful songs. Starting as a simple college band, O.A.R. quickly skyrocketed to the top of Billboard charts in the 90s and early 2000s with their rock and reggae-infused songs that are now staples in the jam band genre. Hits include the intensely-popular, “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” “Love and Memories” and “Heard the World.”

One of the best ways to experience every weekend of the Food & Wine Festival is with a Fun Card, where guests can pay for a day admission and come back all year. For a limited time, guests who buy a 2016 Fun Card to Busch Gardens also will receive a FREE 2016 Adventure Island® Fun Card.

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