Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls brought their co-headline tour into the First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago on Sunday, August 10. The pairing drew a crowd that approached capacity at the lakeside venue with hometown artist Plain White T's opening the show.
Plain White T's kicked off the evening at 6:45 p.m., by presenting the amassing crowd with a brief performance that hinged upon their primary hits "Hey There Delilah" and "Rhythm of Love." The Chicago outfit were primed to be playing in front of a home crowd, and quickly expressed their appreciation to the sizable audience. Vocalist Tom Higgenson stated, "It's awesome looking into the crowd to see friends and family. I'm glad to call Chicago home, everybody in this crowd knows what I mean."
Daughtry are touring in support of their latest album, Baptized, and led off their 75-minute show with its title-track. The 14-song setlist was heavily weighted toward newer material, but they still manged to play live staples "Home," "Over You" and "September." Though vocalist Chris Daughtry seemed to have a few sound production issues early into the show, it was a problem that was quickly overcome and did not affect the performance.
Fresh off the heels of their live acoustic tour and accompanying live EP, "Warner Sound Sessions," the Goo Goo Dolls closed out the evening with a 90-minute set. Though they've been actively supporting 2013's Magnetic, this show offered a stripped down stage setting relative to previous dates with Matchbox Twenty. That left emphasis on the music and Johnny Rzeznik and company did not disappoint and they banged out over twenty songs on the night.
The Goo did a good job coupling the newer "Come to Me," "Rebel Beat" and "Caught in a Storm" with timeless hits "Name," "Iris" and "Slide." Bassist Robby Takac took the lead for a handful of songs, including "January Friend," ensuring they stayed true to their punk-influenced roots for at least part of the show.
The tour combination of Daughtry with the Goo Goo Dolls made for a strong lineup, particularly given the direction of Daughtry's latest effort. "Baptized" is slanted more heavily toward an adult contemporary format, directly in line with the Goo Goo Dolls fan base. The pairing was effective considering the number of fans that sang along to both artists.