Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Collective Soul having a blast with old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.(Music)

Byline: Kenn Rodriguez FOR THE JOURNAL

Listening to the music of Collective Soul, you might think the band's influences come only from the pantheon of '70s music Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen but it was actually rhinestone-encrusted crooner Elton John who got Collective Soul's main songwriter, Ed Roland, turned on to pop music.

"Elton really introduced me to rock 'n' roll," Roland said recently. "I remember seeing him when I was young and thinking, 'Wow, that's what it's all about.' He was jumping around and having a blast. I love that. As far as rock 'n' roll goes, I guess I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy."

Roland's old-fashioned rock 'n' roll has earned him and his bandmates, brother Dean and Ross Childress on guitars, Will Turpin on bass and Shane Evans on drums, four platinum albums, beginning with 1994's "Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. …

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