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Review: Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls



Summer nights are always the best for concerts, especially when it isn't overly humid or raining. The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 agreed, making comments on the perfect weather throughout their set.

Opening for the two '90s radio mega star bands was Kate Earl. She didn't stir up the crowd until the end of her set when she began giving free stuff away. Even then, it was really just the people in the very front and center - the ones that had the largest chance of getting the free t-shirt and stickers.

The Goo Goo Dolls performed next with a prelude of antics from the friendly Baloo of The Jungle Book, or at least someone in a bear costume that looked like him. The bear pumped up the crowd while dancing and singing to "Bare Necessities."

When The Goo Goo Dolls actually made it on stage, nearly everyone in the audience erupted into cheers. With headlining bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20, it's forgivable to not be pumped over Kate Earl.

The Dolls played a lot from their new Album Magnetic but balanced it out with a lot of the hits as well. An elaborate setup reflected videos and other items on what appeared to be speakers on stage, including one song's lyrics for a sing-a-long. Through their set, the lead singer fumbled over his words and lyrics. He even apologized for forgetting them due to his case of what he called the giggles.

Matchbox 20 came next, with their setup even more complex than The Dolls'. Lighted stairs stacked the stage with a set of keyboards, a piano, and two sets of tom toms, apart from the drum set. When Matchbox actually made it on stage after a video prelude, the crowd erupted into larger cheers than for the Dolls. The band played the majority of the songs from their first album, You or Someone Like You and other hits and singles from later albums.

In all, the co-headlining bands gathered a ridiculous amount of energy from the audience, even more so when they modestly thanked everyone for coming and spending their night with them. For bands that have hit stardom, they're still very grounded, appreciating where they are and how they got there.


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