Performing together live at the The Stir Cove (Harrahs Casion) in Council Bluffs, Ia Aug. 30, 2019
The Gin Blossoms fired through an eighty or ninety minute set that included all the hits that you know and love. Of course Hey Jealousy is the band’s most recognizable song, I was definitely fan that night. But the Gin Blossoms is one of those bands that you probably know more of their music than you thought you might have. Their awesome set included Follow You Down, Even the Losers which was of course a great Tom Petty cover, Allison Road, Til I Hear It From You, Found Out About You, and Hey Jealousy.
At set break I chatted with a fan of Collective Soul, who explained how she loved both bands but was looking forward to CS because it was a band she listened to all the time as a kid and knew most of the music but had never seen them perform. She was thrilled she had this opportunity to see the Gin Blossons and was an awesome added bonus. The fans of both bands were excited, as it’s fitting of their more mature status with a more mature audience. We won’t say older, but you get what I mean.
Collective Soul hit the stage with instant energy and E Rowland jumped behind the keys and was ready to rock, opening with Observation of Thoughts. He had the crowd in his hands instantly.
CS fired off one hit after another, with the energy and tight arrangements of a band who has earned their longevity, through countless gigs and dedication to their art. Providing rock and roll with a nod toward the 90s and is their calling card and fans of both bands ate it up. Rowland alternated between keys, acoustic guitar, and was the quintessential front man at the mic.