Nineties rock legends unrecognisable thirty years after smash hit and band brawl that saw them banned from a whole city | The Sun

AMERICAN band Collective Soul are still rocking thirty years after their smash hit Shine – and being banned from seaside resort Myrtle Beach.

The group formed in Atlanta after meeting in high school and their lives changed forever when their debut single became Billboard's Top Rock Track of 1993.

Bass guitarist Will Turpin said: “I don’t have a memory of not knowing who Dean and Ed were.

“I attended their father’s church. We lived two streets over from each other, (went to the) same high school. We were all best friends (at a young age). Our social circles were all the same people.”

Lead singer Ed Roland and his brother Dean, and mates Will, Shane Evans and Ross Childress went on to gain international recognition with hits December, Gel, Heavy, The World I Know, Breathe, and Where the River Flows.

In 2009 the band went out for dinner and drinks in popular South Carolina resort Myrtle Beach and got into a fight with a stranger after leaving a bar at 2am.



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According to guitarist Dean, the bloody brawl was over a girl, who approached tourmate Gavin DeGraw for a chat.

He said at the time: "There was a girl that was talking to Dean and Gavin, and another guy at the bar apparently liked her.

"It was his birthday, so Dean wished him a happy birthday. But then the guy asked the girl who she was with, and she pointed to Gavin and Dean. The guy then punched Dean in the nose. And yes there was blood.

"Then Ed, who was sitting behind Dean, proceeded to jump over Dean’s shoulders along with most of the crew to get the guy.

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"Everything moved out into the streets.

"The cops came and escorted everyone away. They were all told that they had a choice to go to jail or not come back for a year. They chose the latter."

Dean later added. “Taking a shot to the face is good for the soul, I think.”

Ten years later the band released their tenth studio album, Blood, which marked their return to the Mainstream Rock chart and reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.

It had been 14 years since they had achieved similar success.

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