Collective Soul with Guests Lifehouse, LIVE at the TicketPro Dome Johannesburg.

Returning for the third time to South Africa, Collective Soul put on a show to a packed audience at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg on the 2nd of February 2018. With avid lifelong fans returning and new generational fans seeing the band for the first time, the American band was all set to play a phenomenal show. However, not before Lifehouse rocked the roof off of the dome with their AMAZING performance.

There were very many highlights of the evening, but one stood out to me the most, and that was, in my humble opinion, that Lifehouse was equally phenomenal on stage as Collective Soul was. This is not normally the case when headlining acts go on tour. By no means is this a negative on either of the bands, it was just an amazing experience to be a part of witnessing TWO legend bands perform, and enjoying every second of it. Lifehouse took to the stage and played the crowd’s favorites. Performing songs like,  “You and Me,” “First Time” “Whatever It Takes,” and “Halfway Gone”, the crowd went wild and there wasn’t a person standing (or sitting) still throughout the entire performance.( The same can be said for Collective Soul. ) It was actually pretty cool, being a nineties baby myself, watching the bands that paved the way for rock music today, and watching such iconic humans, that I grew up listening too.

Then Collective Soul took the stages, the crowds scattered to get closer to the stage, closer to their idols. Feet were stomping, bodies were moving, heads were banging and hands were in the air (like they just did not care). The stage presence of the band alone was an experience in itself to watch. Then of course their voices, their money makers, were the main attraction. I actually couldn’t believe how remarkable both band’s vocals were, and accompanied by that “real” sound of instruments. Real Rock, real sound and no computer generated sounds that are all too common in today’s music industry. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing today’s sounds or music at all, I am a fan, the two sounds are just different. Collective Soul played like it was their last show, like their lives depended on it. Which just goes to show how much their fans mean to them, because if they are playing as if it is their last, or even first show, it shows that their fans are worth putting on a show for. This just made me appreciate their performance, that much more. With hits like “Shine” “December,” and “The World I Know,” the crowds reminisced about what those hits meant to them, and brought back memories of the days they listened to them. Then with great surprise to the audience, they announced that they will be releasing their 10th studio album, not only that, it will be a double record. Then they played one of the songs, and it made the crowd so blissful.

All in all, the night was incredible, watching pure musical geniuses perform their beloved songs, watching the audience get excited, screaming till we no voices left, dancing the night away, I could not have asked for a better night, nor better bands to have performed. I was fortunate enough to see both bands at a press conference, held by Big Concerts, The Publicity Workshop and Jacaranda Fm, and they not only phenomenal musicians, but phenomenal people, which makes it even better that they are so loved and admired.

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Big Concerts, The Publicity Workshop and Jacaranda Fm for giving us this opportunity (I was so incredibly blessed to get Golden Circle Tickets). And especially to Dionne and Tammy, your work is never over looked, you ladies always work so hard and I thank you for that.

The bands will be playing at The Grand Arena,  GrandWest  in Cape Town on the 4th of February, so if you are in the area, be sure not to miss the show. 

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