For only the second time in its history, an American band was the headliner for Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off. Atlanta based Collective Soul closed out the days’ festivities on Friday July 15 in front of a packed crowd at Lamoureux Park.
The band played many of their big hits, including “Gel,” “December” and “The World I Know” from their 1995 self-titled album and even tossed in a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”
Lead guitarist Joel Kosche was solid with his riffs and solos and even at 47 years of age, Lead Singer Ed Roland was his usual energetic, passionate and enthusiastic self as he played to the boisterous crowd. Bassist Will Turpin, Guitarist Dean Roland and Drummer Cheney Brannon were also very tight during the hour and a half set.
The Cornwall crowd sang along to songs like “Run,” “The World I Know” (see the video at www.cornwallseawaynews.com) and the final song of the evening, “Shine,” which is easily Collective Soul’s most popular track.
Roland had the crowd chuckling and smiling when he said: “thanks for inviting us to your party. You should invite us again sometime.” Unlike previous headliners, to which the names will not be mentioned, Roland remember who he was playing for and thanked the crowd for cheering.
Collective Soul will now head to Waukesha, Wisconsin for the Waukesha County Fair on July 23. For more info on the band visit www.collectivesoul.com.