Ed Roland and Collective Soul played a fiery set at 2017’s Music Midtown. Roland will return to Eddie’s Attic for his annual holiday benefit concerts. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC

Ed Roland announces Winter Wonder Bash dates, Collective Soul readies two new albums

Last year, Ed Roland tried something different with his “Winter Wonder Bash.” He moved it from its longtime home of Eddie’s Attic – where he and a revolving crew of musical guests would play a couple of nights – to one big concert at Buckhead Theatre.

The annual show, which benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation and Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, was a success.

But for 2018, Roland is returning to the comfy confines of Eddie’s Attic again (when I bumped into the Collective Soul frontman recently at Fantasyland Records, he mentioned that he missed the vibe at Eddie’s and felt the benefit concerts belonged there).

This year’s Winter Wonder Bash will take place Dec. 18-19. The lineup for both dates is TBA. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 via www.ticketmaster.com

Collective Soul, meanwhile, has two new albums ready to drop in 2019. The first, titled “Blood,” will arrive in April. A second, as-yet-untitled album will land in the fall.

The band plans to tour in between, especially since next year marks the 25th anniversary of their hallmark single, “Shine.”

“The word ‘exploit’ comes into play a lot!” Roland said with a laugh.

Collective Soul will also join Jon Bon Jovi and other bands on the “Runaway to Paradise” cruise to the Bahamas April 12-16. Visit www.runawaytoparadise.com/caribbean for more details. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.