Written By | Tyler Anderson
As Thanksgiving week came to a close, The Battery began to open back up and become its usual self. The Roxy was hosting two hometown Atlanta bands and everybody in attendance was surely in for a hell of a show.
Like Machines, an up and coming band, opened the show and absolutely took over. Andrew Evans commanded the stage like a seasoned veteran while drummer Cheney Brannon and bassist Tanner Hendon jammed with extreme energy. Collective Soul had a huge impact on vocalist Andrew Evans growing up, stating he met them at a young age and learned to play guitar by teaching himself their songs. They were a perfect opener for Collective Soul, the energy was already set by the time the main act took the stage.
Collective Soul hit the stage at 9pm walking out to Pump It Up by Elvis Costello, you could immediately see the happiness of being home on singer Ed Roland’s face. After throwing up a couple peace signs, Ed moved to the piano and the band opened with Observation of Thoughts.
The crowd erupted, singing every word. Second on the set was the 1999 hit “Heavy” to which Ed moved to a lone mic. In his glittered-out suit, he threw dance moves across the stage reminiscent of the great Elvis; I have never seen a singer with as much energy on stage! Next up was the crowd led “Why Pt. 2”, they really let the crowd run away with this one and it was an amazing thing to experience, the uniformity of the band with the fans in attendance was truly one of a kind. Their most successful song came up next in “Shine”. With a slow piano intro from Ed Roland, it was absolutely beautiful before blasting into the song itself.
It was an unbelievable experience to photograph and see this band in their hometown. Cheers to 25 years for them!
Photo Credit | Tyler Anderson