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  • Courtesy Lee Clower Collective Soul will perform tonight at Foellinger Theatre.

  • Associated Press Jesse Triplett is lead guitarist of Collective Soul, which will perform tonight at Foellinger Theatre.

Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 am

Spotlight

Collective Soul celebrating 25 years, 10 albums

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

If you go

What: Collective Soul

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Admission: Tickets start at $36; 1-800-982-2787 or Ticketmaster.com

Collective Soul will perform tonight at Foellinger Theatre. The band, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year, is on its “Now's the Time Tour” and released its 10th studio album, “Blood,” last month.

Current band members are Ed Roland, Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Jesse Triplett and Johnny Rabb.

Triplett, who debuted as the band's lead guitarist in 2014, answered the following questions by email.

Responses have been edited.

Q. What's your favorite thing about the new album, “Blood”?

A. I really believe this album is a perfect representation of where we are as a band right now. From the music all the way down to the artwork. There's all five fingerprints on each song, and then you open up the album and you can see the type of relationship we have with one another. It's really cool.

Q. As you celebrate 25 years of the band, what do you wish you knew back then that you know now?

A. Probably a good lawyer. Haha! I am newer to the fold, but I know the things that the band has been through. But the journey is the journey. It's what led us to where we are and you have just enjoy and appreciate that.

Q. When you're on the road, what do you do to relax?

A. Sports, cocktails and local Mexican restaurants. Dean (Roland) and I always try and find a local restaurant close by. Really anything to give your mind a break from the daily routine and monotony.

Q. What's next for you after the “Now's the Time Tour”?

A. The next tour! We never really stop touring, but hopefully a little break to reconnect at home. I produce and mix artists in Nashville which is a nice way just to do something different and get creative with different styles of music. I try and keep myself as busy as I can.

Q. If there's some alternate-universe version of yourself that never stepped onstage with Collective Soul, what has that guy missed out on?

A. I would have missed out on a second family, brothers, best friends and more life experience than most people ever get.

We get to travel the world together and play music we create. It's easy to lose perspective in the day in and day out routine, but we get to live an incredible life. We are blessed and thankful.

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