Courtesy photoStill friends: Collective Soul

Courtesy photoStill friends: Collective Soul

Collective Soul rocks on

Twenty years after their platinum debut, Atlanta rockers Collective Soul are still touring and recording with most of the band’s original lineup intact. Bassist Will Turpin credits the longevity to the fact that the musicians value friendship over financial success.

“Growing up in the same area and knowing each other our whole lives, my earliest memories were of [band founder] Ed [Roland] and his father, who was the choir director at the church I went to,” Turpin says. “Growing up in the same area of the world affects your outlook on life.”

He and his bandmates — singer-songwriter Roland and guitarists Dean Roland and Joel Kosche — appear at the Fillmore on Wednesday on their “Dosage 2012” tour, playing the 1999 album from start to finish, along with newer, and older, tunes.

Although in 2008 “Tremble for My Beloved” from “Dosage” was chosen for the original “Twilight” film soundtrack, that’s not why Collective Soul is highlighting the album in its current show.

Turpin says he and his bandmates simply wanted to challenge themselves to do something different from a traditional concert tour: “Every record we’ve set out to record, there’s songs that we know we’re not going to try to attempt live. It’s been really cool to try to recreate some of these sounds, some of these vibes, and perform all these tunes from beginning to end.”

Roland created Collective Soul in 1992 after writing some earnest songs about life and love, and adding some impressive guitar licks. Its first records reached astronomical heights: the double-platinum “Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid” in 1992, triple-platinum eponymous follow-up in 1995 and platinum “Disciplined Breakdown” in 1997.

After five albums and seven No. 1 rock songs such as “Shine,” “December” and “Precious Declaration,” the group left Atlantic Records in 2002 to start its own label, El Music.

While the next decade was not as prosperous as the ’90s were, Collective Soul did have success with songs such as “Counting the Days.” New material also is in the works and being introduced on tour.

“We want to really own the room, control everything that happens from when people walk in until when they leave, and try to make it special,” Turpin says, crediting Collective Soul’s resiliency on the earnestness of its songs. “The lyrics are about real things that happen in people’s lives.”


Collective Soul

Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday  

Tickets: $38.50

Contact: (800) 745-3000,

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