Thanks to Twitter, Collective Soul’s 22,408 followers on the social networking website were the first in the loop after the Stockbridge-birthed band got into a bar fight Sunday night.
Oh, and they’re been banned for a year from the coastal beach city.
The Atlanta act, led by rocker brothers Ed and Dean Roland, were celebrating the end of a mini tour with pop star Gavin DeGraw Sunday night in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at an unnamed watering hole when a punch flew, striking Dean Roland in the face (female admirers of the band no doubt just gasped).
According to Ed Roland, who called in live to Q100’s Bert Show Monday morning to discuss the incident, a female patron “made a comment to her boyfriend about either my brother or Gavin being a good-looking dude.”
According to Ed Roland, the perturbed boyfriend “went for Gavin but got Dean” in the face.
Remarked Dean on the band’s Twitter page: “First shot I’ve taken to the face.”
DeGraw also tweeted updates from the brief brawl.
Wrote the singer-songwriter: “Me and my crew just got in a 20 man brawl with a group of juiced up
[expletive]. I guess they think that just cos I write love songs that I won’t throw down like a man. They were slow and drunk, but that whoopin is gonna hurt worse than their hangovers.”
Ed Roland confirmed on Q100 Monday morning that although no tickets were issued by police in the fracas, Myrtle Beach law enforcement officials informed the musicians they were “banned” from the resort for a year.
However, Collective Soul and DeGraw were still set to perform Monday night at the House of Blues there.
Cracked Roland: “It’s not like they’re going to have a Polaroid of Collective Soul at the city limits!”
Here at Buzz Central, we can only guesstimate at how much liquor and jealousy had to be involved in order to start a bar fight with the likes of the Collective Soul and Gavin DeGraw. We’ve spoken to both acts multiple times over the years.
The Rolands are ridiculously polite, courteous and, dare we say, prompt for interviews. And the most uncomplimentary thing we can think of to say about DeGraw?
In interviews, he consistently refers to us as “sir.”