On July 24th, Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down came rolling through on their Rock N' Roll Express Tour in Chicago, Illinois at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island with special guests Soul Asylum.
The Rock N' Roll Express Tour is a tour that needs to be on people’s radar, because we promise you it is an amazing time from start to finish. If you don’t believe us, just view the pictures from the show at the top of the page! Check out the tour dates below to see if the Express will be making a stop near you!
This highly anticipated tour had Huntington Bank Pavilion at full capacity from start to finish as the energy was high right from the start. Soul Asylum was definitely a reason for that as they smashed the stage with their hit songs and high-performance energy. It is strongly believed that a tour is as only as strong as its openers and with Soul Asylum starting the night, it set the bar high for the rest of the show!
As a rebuttal to the high energy Soul Asylum set, Collective Soul came out wasting no time as they took us back to the 1990’s and through the 2000’s to give us some ol’ fashion Rock N' Roll! Band members Ed Roland (Vocals and Keyboard), Dean Roland (Rhythm Guitar), Will Turpin (Bass), Johnny Rabb (Drums), and Jesse Triplett (Lead Guitar) put on an amazing set as they confidently give everything they have on the stage. It is no mystery that these guys have been doing this for a while as they give off that rockstar mentality on stage that makes each song enjoyable to hear and watch.
Johnny Rabb (Joined 2012) and Jesse Triplett (Joined 2014) are the only members from the band that are not the originals, but with their outstanding sound and performance, it definitely has the crowd fooled.
What stood out the most, is when they dropped their hit song “Shine” that was on Collective Soul’s first album ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’ in 1994 via Atlantic Records. From start to finish, the crowd was belting the lyrics back at Ed Roland, making it an amazing moment for the entire venue. Throughout the entire set the crowd was locked in, but as Collective Soul wrapped up we all knew 3 Doors Down was coming on shortly after.
With the crowd at the edge of their seats, the lights went dark for a bit and before we knew it 3 Doors Down took the stage and took it like soldiers that were ready for
war as they dropped the song "Duck and Run!"
This type of energy and excitement continued throughout the entire set. It was obvious, due to the fact that 3 Doors Down had the audience out of their seats from the second they stepped out on stage. Band members Brad Arnold (Vocals), Chris Henderson (Rhythm Guitar), Greg Upchurch (Drums), Chet Roberts (Lead Guitar), and Justin Biltonen (Bass) are a site to see together as you can truly see these guys having fun and passionately playing the music that they love.
Half way through the show, lead singer Brad Arnold gave the crowd a reminder that 3 Doors Down have been successfully touring for about eighteen years now. That statistic is just mind blowing, due to the fact that their music will never get old throughout every generation. Witnessing these guys on stage, it is not surprising that this music has been touring for eighteen years, since every note and every song is played and performed to perfection. 3 Doors Down went on to grace the crowd with a seventeen song setlist that included hits like: "It’s Not My Time" (2008), "Away From The Sun" (2002), "Loser" (2000), "Here Without You" (2002), "When I’m Gone" (2002), and "Kryptonite" (2000). With a setlist like that it leaves the crowd no choice but to be out of their seats and rocking along the whole time.
Rock N' Roll Express Tour | 2018 Schedule
Aug 14, 2018 The Amphitheater at Bald Hill Bookhaven, NY. USA
Aug 16, 2018 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT. USA
Aug 18, 2018 Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Niagara Falls, NY. USA
Aug 19, 2018 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ. United States
Aug 21, 2018 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD. United States
Aug 22, 2018 White Oak Ampitheatre Greensboro, NC. United States
Aug 24, 2018 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN. United States
Aug 25, 2018 Heritage Park Amphitheatre Simpsonville, SC. United States
Sep 4, 2018 Black Oak Casino Tuolomne, CA. United States
Sep 6, 2018 Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Lemoore, CA. United States
Sep 7, 2018 The Pearl Concert Theatre @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV. USA
Sep 8, 2018 Harrah's Resort Socal Valley Center, CA. United States
Sep 11, 2018 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO. United States
Sep 12, 2018 Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, UT. United States
Sep 14, 2018 Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino Mescalero, NM. USA
Sep 16, 2018 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ. United States
Sep 18, 2018 AVA Amphitheater (Casino del Sol) Tucson, AZ. United States
Oct 19, 2018 Navy Station Norfolk's Fleet Fest Norfolk, VA. United States
Oct 27, 2018 Harrah's 15th Annual The Better Life Foundation Cherokee, NC. USA
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