360 Video: Onstage and backstage with Collective Soul at Music Midtown 2017

Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland at Music Midtown 2017. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

An hour before Collective Soul hit the Music Midtown stage on Sunday for a muscular set that spanned their 23-year-career, the band chatted with us on their tour bus parked behind the Salesforce Stage about being one of the heritage acts at the fest, as well as moving forward.

Collective Soul will release a new album, “Blood,” in the early part of 2018 and during Music Midtown performed one song, the instantly engaging “Right as Rain,” from the upcoming effort.

The band also allowed us to hang on the side of the stage during their show (a highlight was watching frontman Ed Roland trying to nail drummer Johnny Rabb with guitar picks from the side of the stage while Jesse Triplett whirled through a guitar solo on “Better Now”) and AJC video producer Ryon Horne assembled this 360-degree video from our unique vantage point.

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