Veteran rock band Goo Goo Dolls, along with relative newcomers Daughtry and Plain White T’s, performed a solid show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night. In town to promote their latest CD “Magnetic” the band is early on in a North American tour that will take them through summer.
Most indie bands who end up having a hit song must make a choice: stick to their convictions and, presumably starve (and subsequently be forced to find a new line of work after a few years), or embrace the newfound fame and build from that to stay relevant in the eyes of an ever changing market.
The Goo Goo Dolls, thankfully, embraced their fame and over the past 20 years have provided the world with memorable hit after hit, from hauntingly beautiful emotional ballads to up-tempo rockers while keeping in touch with their alt-indie side. Sunday’s show showcased the band’s diversity and strength while adding a few new elements.
Opening strong with “Lazy Eye” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Batman and Robin”, which dare we say it was the only good thing to come from that movie), “Dizzy” and “Slide” which set the tone for the rest of the set. Throughout their 90 minute set the band (vocalist/guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Roby Takac) took in the adulation of the crowd while stringing a bevy of hits back to back.
Rzeznik kept the mood light joking about the waste of money they spent on a ramp at the back of the stage and the use of it during one choreographed part as justification for the purchase. He also joked about smoking pot and “bullsh*t guitar solos”, and even batted a black balloon back and forth with some audience members during the song of the same name.
Rzeznik did produce a serious tone when he commended St. Louis for marrying four gay couples last week in defiance of the current state law prohibiting it.
Musically they sounded terrific. Even though they are in the first couple weeks of the tour they sound as if they have been on tour 3 months already, tight and spot on. Rzeznik’s vocals were strong and Takac’s raspy edginess kept the punk/indi theme while providing a nice contrast to Rzeznik’s soulful style.
There were many highlights during their set, which was simple with only a couple dozen video strips adorning the back wall above the aforementioned ramp, along with the usual compliment of lights and smoke machines.
Simply put they will be hard pressed to top this tour next time while keeping true to their style.
American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry brought his band that goes by his last name, and simply put he rocked the house with his hour long set prior to the GGD set.
Roaring out of the gate with “Baptized”, “Feels Like Tonight” and “Over You” (5 minutes earlier than expected) it didn’t take long before Daughtry was drenched in sweat from the humid St. Louis heat. “That sun is brutal today” he claimed before donning a pair of sunglasses.
The sunglasses didn’t help him from sweating through 2 separate shirts (Much to the adulation of many of the females in the audience). But whether it was from the heat or his high energy stage show remains up for debate.
He is touring in support of his latest CD “Baptized” which has more of a pop sound, but live it is clear he is rock driven.
Plain White T’s opened the show with a casually short 30 minute set.
Goo Goo Dolls setlist:
When the World Breaks Your Heart
Bringing on the Light
Come to Me
Stay With You
Here Is Gone
Caught in the Storm
Feel the Silence
Another Second Time Around
Slow It Down
Let Love In
Feels Like Tonight
It’s Not Over
Outta My Head
What About Now
Waiting for Superman
Long Live Rock & Roll