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article imageCollective Soul talks New York summer shows, advice for musicians Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 28, 2017 in Music
Wantagh - Dean Roland, the rhythm guitar player from the alternative rock band Collective Soul, chatted with Digital Journal about their upcoming shows in New York.
On June 29, they will be performing at the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York, with Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace and special guest Tonic. "We've been having some fun with this tour. We're playing with Our Lady Peace and Tonic. I've known those guys for many years and loved their music. They are good guys in general," he said. "We love what we do. We go on stage, and have fun with it, and hopefully it translates, and people can vibe off of that, and enjoy some good music."
They will be playing the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, on September 23, where they will be sharing the stage with Sammy Hagar. "We love the camaraderie! We will be doing our thing, and Sammy will be there doing his. He's always great. He has a rich history of music with songs from Van Halen and his own songs," Dean said. "We are looking forward to those New York shows. They will be a lot of fun. We will play some of the older songs, some of the new songs and we might even mix in a cover here and there. Hopefully, people come out, enjoy and have a good time."
One of his personal favorite songs from the Collective Soul catalog is "Needs," which is a track on their Dosage album. "The song 'Needs' has always stuck out to me," he said. "I've always loved that song."
When asked what motivates him each day, Dean said, "I enjoy life. I really do. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living, and I don't take that for granted. I love it: to be able to play music and travel around and to go to new places."
Their song "Shine" was covered by country queen Dolly Parton, and Dean praised her as an "amazing songwriter." "We've always been a fan of hers. She's an amazing songwriter herself, and to have her cover one of your songs, is very cool," he said.
An equally cool moment was when David Cook covered their song "The World I Know" on the finale of American Idol, when he would be subsequently be named winner that season. "That was pretty cool. David's a good dude," he said. "That was a surprise. We didn't know that was happening."
For aspiring bands, he said, "Be as honest as you can with your music, and don't repeat other people's patterns. As far as the music goes, don't follow any particular trends. Enjoy what you do, find the passion in it, be honest with it and probably get a good lawyer."
Dean defined the word success as "Finding peace and happiness."
Aside from Dean Roland on rhythm guitar, Collective Soul is made up of his older brother Ed Roland on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards, Will Turpin on bass, percussion and background vocals, Jesse Triplett on guitars and Johnny Rabb on drums.
To learn more about alternative rock group Collective Soul and their music, check out their official website.
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