The American band Collective Soul is still rocking thirty years after their hit “Shine” – and was banned from the seaside resort of Myrtle Beach.
The group formed in Atlanta after meeting in high school, and their lives changed forever when their debut single became Billboard’s top rock track in 1993.
Bass guitarist Will Turpin said: “I don’t remember not knowing who Dean and Ed were.
“I attended her father’s church. We lived two streets away from each other and went to the same high school. We were all best friends (from a young age). Our social circles were all the same people.”
Lead singer Ed Roland and his brother Dean as well as his friends Will, Shane Evans and Ross Childress rose to prominence with the hits “December,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” “The World I Know,” “Breathe” and “Where the River Flows.” international recognition.
In 2009, the band went out for dinner and drinks in the popular resort of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and got into an argument with a stranger after leaving a bar at 2 a.m.
According to guitarist Dean, the bloody brawl involved a girl who approached his tourmate Gavin DeGraw for a chat.
He said at the time: “There was a girl who was talking to Dean and Gavin and another guy at the bar apparently liked her.”
“It was his birthday, so Dean wished him a happy birthday. But then the guy asked the girl who she was with and she pointed to Gavin and Dean. The guy then punched Dean in the nose. And yes, there was blood.”
“Then Ed, who was sitting behind Dean, jumped over Dean’s shoulders along with most of the crew to get the guy.
“Everything has taken to the streets.
“The police came and escorted everyone away. They were told they had the choice of going to prison or not coming back for a year. They chose the latter.”
Dean added later. “In my opinion, an injection in the face is good for the soul.”
Ten years later, the band released their tenth studio album, Blood, which marked their return to the mainstream rock charts and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.
It had been 14 years since they had achieved similar success.