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Ed Roland  (Kings of Chaos / Collective Soul) Ed Roland (Kings of Chaos / Collective Soul)

'The World I Know - Ed Roland Talks Chaos'

Ed Roland, founding member of rock band Collective Soul, plans to join the Kings of Chaos tour for three recently announced concert dates in South Africa in June 2013.

Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan and special guest Slash of Guns N' Roses make up half of the Kings of Chaos power group for the South African dates. Def Leppard's Joe Elliot and Vivian Campbell, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes and Collective Soul's Ed Roland complete the all-star line up.

Sorum is the brainchild behind the project and wanted to form a band of close friends to tour the world playing each otheršs greatest hits. To date, Kings of Chaos has played in Central and Latin America as well as Asia.

Chatting recently with the man himself Ed Roland, I first wondered, what had made him want to join the recently-announced Kings of Chaos tour taking place in South Africa this summer? "I was blessed enough to join them in South America last year and it was an amazing experience. And to be onstage with rock legends and my personal heroes is a thrill of a lifetime."

Aside from you, the band itself consists of two-thirds of G N' R re: Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Slash, along with Def Leppard's Joe Elliot and Vivian Campbell, and finishing off with Sebastian Bach and Glenn Hughes! Are you all on stage at the same time, or will it play out a little differently? "Everyone starts out on their own and we all end up together towards the end of the show."

Being that Matt Sorum is the brainchild behind the project, he chose to form a band of close friends - so, how long have you known Matt and when did you first meet? "I met Matt in 2002 when we had a Thanksgiving dinner at a mutual friends house in Atlanta."

You yourself have just come back from South Africa, having performed with the Heineken Symphonic Rock last October - is this new Kings of Chaos another AMP Event, perhaps? "Yes and I've now known Andy for 7 years. He's been kind enough to have me as a guest in his home and vice versa. I'm lucky enough to call him a true friend."

The KOC will play Grand West's Grand Arena in Cape Town on June 8th, and then the famous Sun City Superbowl, North West on June 15th and 16th - so in that week of down time, do you remain there in SA and what do you intend to do? "Yes I will be in South Africa with my 14 year old son and will be going on a safari."

On a side note, you have been the founding member and front man for Collective Soul for two decades now - two decades, man, wow! Ever see that coming?! "I didn't see it coming but always wished for it."

Is there a new Collective Soul album in the works, perhaps? "Yes, we'll have a new studio album along with our 20th anniversary tour in 2014."

What more can you tell us about this tour? "It will be an extensive tour surrounding the anniversary. Stay tuned for dates and details."

And, in all truth, which is your favorite CS album to date and for what set of reasons? "The last one, self-titled because I thought we had grown as a band and I as a songwriter so it seemed fitting."

Also, please tell us more about the Ed Rowland and The Sweet Tea Project - what's that all about and is there an album attached to it? "Sweet Tea Project is releasing an album in April. The band started with mutual friends I've known for years writing songs that were not necessarily right for Collective Soul. Very Americana and Traveling Wilburys."

Finally, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, as we do everyone (trust me, we're making a book u for charity), here at Exclusive Magazine love Penguins (the bird not the hockey team) ... do you also have any love for them, perhaps? "Yes, last time in Cape Town I took my wife to see them! We were hoping they would walk through the restaurant but they did not that day."

Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk

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