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SFL Insider – Generational Pop Rockers Overtake West Palm Beach

By Janice Konigsberg

On Saturday evening the Goo Goo Dolls and Train along with opening act Allen Stone performed what really can best be described as uplifting music all night long. There was just so much positivity and high energy that fans seemed to be infected frozen smiles everywhere.

Allen Stone kicked things off with a soulful performance that even had a fun choreographed dance routine during part of one of his songs. The fast-rising R&B band was definitely welcoming for the early arrivals at the show. However, chart-toppers the Goo Goo Dolls really ramped things up when they took the stage with their extensive catalogue of hits including: Iris, Slide, Sympathy, Stay With You, Big Machine, Slide, Rebel Beat, Here Is Gone, Black Balloon, So Alive, Name and Over and Over.

Their set began with the anthem Stay With You, which had the now completely filled amphitheatre and fully crowded lawn section cheering, dancing and singing along with every lyric. But, as much as frontman Johnny Rzeznik led the crowd on the ultimate sing-a-longs, bassist/vocalist Robby Takac took it up a notch with uncanny enthusiasm running, dancing and jumping all over the stage. Between the two, they’ve been performing together for more than 30 years. Yet, the pair’s theatrics weren’t alone. As a treat to those in attendance, when Black Balloon began, you guessed it, black balloons were released out into the gleeful audience and batted back and forth to the music.  As one concert goer, Jennifer, said to me online while waiting for the restroom during the band change/intermission, “They (Goo Goo Dolls) are the quintessential 90’s band, totally reminds me of my youth!”

After the super brief intermission, Train was next. Lead vocalist Patrick Monahan, bass/vocalist Hector Maldonado, guitarist Luis Maldonado, keyboard/guitarist Jerry Becker and backup vocalists Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston appeared on the stage, amid the sounds of a locomotive train horn blowing along with video and bright lights. The loud visuals immediately woke the crowd back up and not wasting any time, the band jumped right into heir monstrous hit Calling All Angels. Throughout their performance, an array of theatrics took place such as cannons shooting off confetti and streamers, plus a plethora of captivating visuals behind them on a video screen. Monahan connected with the audience as he chatted with us throughout the show and it was also clear to see his emotion and love for music, singing and performing throughout. During the song Meet Virginia, the guitar solo performed by band member Luis Maldonado was also quite impressive.

When Allen Stone came back on stage to perform Bruises with him, he joked that Stone “…agreed to sing the song with him, but not make it weird!” Following up with his antics of throwing band tee-shirts out to the crowd, having the full band sign the one he was wearing to throw out to the pit, aiming cameras out to the audience for callouts and singing along, Train surely knows how to engage their audience.  The Led Zeppelin covers of Whole Lotta Love and Heartbreaker truly roused the crowd along with Queen cover Under Pressure – talk about a sing-a-long!

After their final number, Play That Song, a continued thunderous standing ovation had Train returning to stage for an amazing encore of Great Escape and Drops of Jupiter, which only brought more and more cheers from the super hyped up crowd.

Both the Goo Goo Dolls and Train brought their greatest hits and new music to the performance with great stage presence and enthusiasm. The artists and the audience all shared in their passion for music, which I thought made for an amazing night for all. If each stop on the tour gets this kind of performance, do yourself a favor and get out there to go see them – so worth it!

Click link for photos – https://www.sflinsider.com/2019/07/08/goo-goo-dolls-train/

Creative Loafing – An ageless Goo Goo Dolls and Train owned the stage during rainy Tampa concert

May today’s bands have as much energy 20 years down the road.

By Emma Witmer

In the modern era of music, the age of the rock band has largely given way to the single-spotlight singer. Don’t get me wrong, the band is by no means dead. Musical giants like Mumford and Sons, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend remain loyal to the united sound, single moniker image and enjoy prominent spaces on the charts today. Still, the sheer dominance of the rock band that can fill arenas has waned since the ‘90s.

But I miss rock bands. I miss the guitar solos and drums not recorded from a keyboard. The epic saga of the rock band, though, is riddled with substance abuse, infighting and earth-shattering breakups. It makes me wonder how any band could survive decades of success and still genuinely enjoy sharing the stage.

Well, The Goo Goo Dolls and Train do. Both bands share the kind of chemistry you hope to see from groups who have been playing together for so long. When their co-headlining tour hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre stage Sunday night, that became abundantly clear.

Whether they were in the lawn or claiming the coveted covered seats, the ‘90s and ‘00s radio-pop-rock fans bobbing along to Allen Stone’s opening performance were all soaked. Moms in old tour tees, dads hauling dueling beers to the wife, young couples on date night (and myself) all slicked back wet hair and watched the clock as the concert monsoon season raged on.

At 7:45 p.m., it was on. Former hard-living rocker and newly minted family man Johnny Rzeznik took the stage hauling a massive white guitar with black lightning bolts. Legendary bandmate Robby Takac and supporting musicians followed suit. The all-black-clad rockers launched into “Stay With You.” Headbanging commenced.

These guys love being on stage. Rocking through the band’s big hits and newer singles, Rzeznik and Takac committed to a ceaseless bounce, skipping around the stage, throwing out power kicks and thrusting mics into the air. At 53 and 54 years old respectively, these guys still bring the energy of rockers half their age. And like rockers half his age, when Rzeznik smirks at the crowd, the girls scream.

Rzeznik, in true star form, swapped guitars for every song, shredding electrics for high-energy tracks like “Big Machine,” and trading them out to pluck acoustics for undeniable sing-alongs like “Slide.” In a standout moment of the evening, all the lights dropped save a beam on the keyboard. With the melody to “Black Balloon” ringing through the air, massive black balloons rained into the crowd, bubbling from hand to hand. Honestly, chills.

Takac got a few moments in the spotlight as well, lending his vocals to “Free of Me” and “Brining on the Light.” I don’t know that I ever fully appreciated Takac until that moment. There’s a certain gruff, nasally controlled quality to his voice that is more reminiscent of the hipster folk bands of this era. I was into it. Midway through the show, Rzeznik took a moment to reminisce on one of the earliest moments of his career, the day he wrote “Name.”

“I asked myself, ‘What am I qualified to do in life?’” Rzeznik remembered, saying he reasoned he could bartend, or work at a gas station “shoving cigarettes through the bulletproof glass.” Or he could make music. So he sat down on the couch in his old apartment and wrote the now-iconic song.  With the crowd on its feet singing his legacy, Rzeznik and Goo Goo Dolls’ lasting impact on its audience was clear.

“Thank you for remembering this,” Rzeznik said.

As Goo Goo Dolls’ hour-long set came to a close, my friend Lindsey and I received a confused look of approval from a beer-hawking concessions guy. We were headbanging to “Iris.” Did I first hear that song on the Treasure Planet soundtrack? Maybe (the song on the soundtrack was actually “I’m Still Here”). Was I ashamed of that? Hell no.

After an intermission long enough for what certainly looked like every woman in the venue to hop in line for the bathroom, the faint sound of an approaching train grew louder and louder until the whole audience caught the hint and started screaming.

“Callin’ all angels!” Train lead singer Patrick Monahan yelled into the crowd, beginning the first of many call and response moments with, “I won’t give up if you don’t you don’t give up.”

Suddenly, Monahan swept his hands down to the side, and the music was wiped out. The band re-entered with an electric guitar solo that sent the crowd leaping to its feet. Like Goo Goo Dolls, Monahan can’t help but have fun; he joked with the crowd about the “beauty” of “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” (a song about telling your friend that your ex died in a variety of accidents), and inciting mom-on-mom dance-offs in the pit. As Monahan put it, “This has been the most fun tour of our lives.”

And what’s Train without a few sappy moments?

Belting out the ballad, “Marry Me,” the band was backed by romantic clips from wedding footage, culminating with video from Monahan’s own nuptials. Overhead, cameras swept through the crowd, kiss-cam style, capturing sweet moments from couples in the crowd.

After a nearly complete sweep of Train’s discography, and a duet between Monahan and Allen Stone for “Bruises,” the moment finally arrived. “Meet Virginia.” OK, so not the moment you were thinking of, but it was my moment. Guitarist Luis Maldonado stole the stage by diving into an impassioned electric solo. You would think it was enough, but no.

“You’d think he would’ve given you another guitar solo, right?” Monahan yelled into the crowd.

And he did. He absolutely shredded.

Rezeznik returned to the stage to join Train for a jamming rendition of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “American Girl,” a nice little nod to the Florida audience. The number-one cover of the night, though, came when Maldonado broke out his double-neck guitar. Duetting with Monahan for Queen’s “Under Pressure,” Maldonado showed off his vocal range by getting about as close to Mr. Mercury as reasonably possible.

The only cringey moment of the night came when Monahan interrupted “Soul Sister” to sample Drake’s “In My Feelings.” That was truly painful.

Calling on the audience to finish “Play That Song,” the band shot red and write streamers into the air and exited the stage.

Needless to say, that didn’t last. The roar of an unsatisfied crowd brought the band back, performing Monahan’s single “Great Escape.”

Finally, the crowd went nuts as the familiar intro to “Drops of Jupiter” rang out. This was the real moment the audience had been waiting for. Train pulled out all the stops for this one. Pyrotechnics shot off and confetti rained over a crowd that was nearly drowning out the band just by singing along. As the confetti began to settle on the ground, and the band said goodnight, we suddenly found ourselves “back in the atmosphere,” hustling out to meet the traffic and ducking into the last bit of rain.

Here’s hoping that today’s bands have the same kind of longevity, chemistry and energy that these bands do in 20 years. That was hard to beat.

https://www.cltampa.com/music/reviews/article/21076352/an-ageless-goo-goo-dolls-and-train-owned-the-stage-during-rainy-tampa-concert

Herald-Whig Review: Train and Goo Goo Dolls deliver a one-two punch in St. Louis

by Mike Sorensen

On the second official night of summer, the heat and humidity were settled heavily over Maryland Heights, MO as the co-headlining tour featuring pop-rock icons Train and Goo Goo Dolls rolled into the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Either of these acts would have been a great draw for a summer concert, but putting the two of them together added up to an unforgettable night of sheer fun.

Starting off the night, Allen Stone brought his soul-filled R&B set to the stage in eastern Missouri. Alongside his own numbers such as the opener “Brown Eyed Lover” and “Chippin’ Away,” Stone and his band belted out an amazing rendition of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Is This Love.” By the time he walked off the stage after delivering “Unaware,” “Taste of You,” and “Voodoo” to the crowd, it’s not at all a stretch of the imagination to say Allen Stone won himself and his band a whole slew of new fans.

With the sun sinking down behind the lawn of the Amphitheatre, Goo Goo Dolls stormed the stage like they owned the place, and from the crowd’s response, it would be hard to dispute that. With John Rzeznik leading the charge and bass player (and original front-man) Robby Takac attacking the stage from every angle all at once, the band took charge and put on a show! From the opening notes of “Stay With You” and “Big Machine,” the whole band – Rzeznik and Takac, with Brad Fernquist on guitars, Jim McGorman on keyboards and guitar, and Craig Macintyre behind the drums – showed why fans have been onboard with them from the early days. The crowd sang along with nearly every number, including “Slide” and “Here is Gone,” while the titular “Black Balloons” filled the air in both the seats and the lawn.

Mixed among the hits like “So Alive” and “Name,” the new single and title-track to forthcoming album (releasing in August) “Miracle Pill” slotted in perfectly. For a song that had only been released to the wild for roughly a day, the audience was still right with them, singing along. For a band whose thirtieth anniversary is a couple of years behind them, it says a lot about their longevity when they release new music and the fans jump on it immediately.

Closing out their set, Goo Goo Dolls delivered some of their biggest hits to the biggest reactions. After “Over and Over” from 2016’s “Boxes” album and “Better Days” from 2005, the crowd exploded with the opening notes of “Iris,” the band’s biggest single. The night wrapped up with a trip to “Broadway” for the band, with the audience still singing along with every word and soaking in every note.

After the sun finally set and the temperature edged down just a touch, the sounds of a locomotive filled the Amphitheatre, prefacing the entrance of Train. With no hesitation at all, Patrick Monahan and crew launched right into “Calling All Angels” and didn’t take the foot off the gas from there. After delivering a blast – literally, with confetti! – with “If It’s Love” and “Get To Me,” Train hit the ode to their home town with “Save Me, San Francisco.” Following “Cab,” Monahan introduced the song “Bruises.” With original collaborator, Ashley Monroe, absent for the show, the accompanying vocals were handled adroitly by show-opener Allen Stone. This was followed with the hit “Meet Virginia,” and then into the second collaboration of the night when John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls joined the band on stage for a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s “American Girl” (with a little taste of “Free Fallin’” thrown in for good measure!).

After the epic team-ups, there still wasn’t any time to catch a breath. The back half of the set was highlighted with even more hits, including crowd-pleasers “Marry Me,” “Drive By,” and “Angel in Blue Jeans.” Monahan took a back seat and worked the mic for back-up vocals while lead guitarist Luis Maldonado and his big brother, Hector, on the bass, traded vocal duties for the Queen/David Bowie classic “Under Pressure.” After again letting the vocals be carried by others – in this case, the packed house singing the chorus of “Hey, Soul Sister,” which was declared as “so much better than Boston!” to the roaring approval of the crowd (see also: that hockey thing that happened) – Monahan took the time to introduce the rest of the band. Along with the Maldonado brothers, the stage was packed to the gills with the talents of Jerry Becker on keyboards, Matt Musty behind the kit, and the killer duo of Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston providing the lush, filling back-up vocals. After the “Heart and Soul”-fueled “Play That Song,” the Amphitheatre came alight with thousands of cellphone flashlights – the modern Bic lighters – for Monahan’s rendition of “Great Escape.” Bringing the show to a close in a flurry of sparks, streamers, and sparklers on the stage, Train ended the night with “Drops of Jupiter,” another crowd sing-along favorite.

Train and Goo Goo Dolls both showed why they’re still top acts in the pop-rock game, and bringing Allen Stone along with them touched on the next generation of artists that they’re helping to shepherd along. The audience was there for every second, from classic cuts, mega-hits, and brand new tracks. And that’s the best kind of summer concert you can hope for in any genre.

https://www.whig.com/20190708/train-and-goo-goo-dolls-deliver-a-one-two-punch-in-st-louis

Music Mayhem Magazine – Train and Goo Goo Dolls Brought Riveting Performance to West Palm Beach

By Alex Liscio

Train and Goo Goo Dolls kicked off their Florida shows in West Palm Beach on Saturday, bringing one of the hottest tours of the summer to town. Things kicked off with Allen Stone, who played a soulful, bouncy set that warmed up the nearly sold out crowd for Goo Goo Dolls’ riveting performance.

Although it was hot and sticky outside, that didn’t stop thousands from singing and dancing along to their favorite songs by the Goo Goo Dolls. The band took the stage as the sun was setting, painting a golden aura throughout the amphitheater as they opened with “Stay With You,” “Big Machine,” and the famous “Slide.” Fans blew up giant black balloons to toss during, you guessed it, “Black Balloon.” GGD had a fantastic 15 song set with an incredible light show to pair. The crowd was alive all night, but it went to a new level when “Iris” was played. Fans flooded into the amphitheater, skipping out on buying food and drinks before Train hit the stage.

Train closed out the night with an extensive 18 song setlist, which kicked off with “Calling All Angels.” The voices of fans singing along nearly overpowered vocalist Pat Monahan, who had a smile on his face throughout the entire night. Train, like Goo Goo Dolls, had fantastic production- sparklers, LED screens, and confetti. During “If It’s Love,” Monahan asked the crowd to take out their phones and light up the amphitheater to illuminate the room for his video. He recorded the crowd, then the band, where guitarists displayed “FLO” “RI” and “DA” written with tape on the back of their guitars. Monahan tossed his phone side stage and continued through the set. Train brought out Allen Stone for “Bruises,” and later played two covers – “Heartbreaker” (Led Zeppelin) and “Under Pressure” (Queen). Overall, Train played an incredible set that featured their best hits – “Drive By,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and closed with “Drops of Jupiter” during encore. Sparklers and confetti flooded the stage and the audience during their closing song, creating a sea of smiling faces all the way from the stage to the lawn.

Click the link the photo gallery. https://musicmayhemmagazine.com/train-and-goo-goo-dolls-brought-riveting-performance-to-west-palm-beach/

Rockin’ Encinitas Benefit featuring John Rzeznik

From KPBS News

“The fourth annual Rockin’ Encinitas concert to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas will take place Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Chart-topping singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, will be the featured performer.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the purchase of robotic navigational bronchoscopy technology to help treat patients with lung cancer and lung diseases at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

Rockin’ Encinitas will begin at the iconic music venue, with a 5 p.m. VIP reception. It will be followed by the main event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., including a cocktail reception, live auction and live performance by Rzeznick, whom he recorded 11 studio albums. Among the band’s Top 10 hits are the songs “Iris,” “Name” and “Slide.”

Tickets to attend the event are $300 per person. VIP tickets are $450 per person and include prime seating for the concert, an exclusive meet and greet with Rzeznick and a pre-event reception with hosted bar and heavy appetizers.

Tickets are available online.

For more information about the event, as well as sponsorship opportunities, please contact (858) 678-7174 or specialevents@scrippshealth.org

https://www.kpbs.org/events/2019/oct/17/rockin-encinitas-benefit-concert-se/?et=108494

Music Connection – GOO GOO DOLLS AND TRAIN BRING TOUR TO SANTA BARBARA BOWL IN SANTA BARBARA, CA

BY ALEX KLUFT

Goo Goo Dolls, Train and Allen Stone played the Santa Barbara Bowl June 11th. Both the Goo Goo Dolls and Train were groups which led a new wave of music in the 90s, so it was a perfect fit for them to do a co-headline tour together. Opening the show was Allen Stone, a rising artist now famously known for his appearances on Daryl’s House and opening for Hall & Oates’ recent tours. Stone was actually born a year after the Goo Goo Dolls formed and grew up in their era. Stone performed with a full band and is one of the most soulful artists today.

Goo Goo Dolls were the second act of the evening. Of the founding group, the only remaining members are Johnny Rzeznik and Robbie Takac. Guitarist Brad Fernquist has been a member since 2006 and drummer Craig Macintyre joined five years ago. Their newest member is keyboardist Jim McGorman who joined the band just last year. In the band’s 30+ year history, they have won four Billboard Music Awards and five ASCAP Pop Awards. GGD have also had been nominated for three Grammy Awards, two VMAs and one BMA. On top of that, the group has had 19 top 10 singles, and on Billboard’s “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012,” “Iris” placed number one, “Slide” at number nine and “Name” at 24. It is easy to see the impact the group left on 90s music.

GGD played an energetic set as always. Their set was full of hits including the songs above as well as a newer hit “So Alive,” “Black Balloon,” and ended with “Broadway.”It’s been 32 years since their debut album and their music hasn’t aged a bit.

Train closed out the evening. The band has been around just a bit over 25 years and it’s sole original member is lead singer Patrick Monahan. Train’s current members have all joined within the last 10 years. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Train’s debut album. One thing both train and GGD have in common is reaching a new generation of fans which Train did in 2009 with the release of “Save Me, San Francisco.” Train once again pulled in a new generation of fans three years ago with “Play That Song.” When it comes to seeing GGD and Train, there’s just something magical about their show especially if you grew up on their music like myself. Their music brings both happiness and sadness. Just last year Train was on tour with Stone and Hall and Oates.

Before Train took the stage it was fitting that sounds of a steam train were played. Train opened with “Calling All Angels,” and brought Stone out for “Cab “and “Bruises.” Train is known for playing classic rock covers, which can be seen by their Led Zeppelin cover album, but  for this tour, they’re playing Queen/ David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.” Train ended with their biggest hit “Drops of Jupiter.” Train and GGD’s tour concludes August 17th at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.

https://www.musicconnection.com/goo-goo-dolls-train-bring-tour-santa-barbara-bowl/

The Greene Room Magazine – Train And The Goo Goo Dolls Take FivePoint Amphitheatre By Storm June 16, 2019

By Tammy Greene

It’s that time of the year when FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California kicks off their summer concert season.

Sunday, June 16thTrain and the Goo Goo Dolls on their co-headlining tour along with Allen Stone, made a stop on an unpredictable day, weather-wise.

In the past, it’s taken me a minimum of an hour and a half to get to FivePoint if all goes well, so I take the train (Railroad). I have my gear, (camera bag, and lens belt) and I’m ready to catch the train, on a sunny 90-degree day.

Arriving at Irvine Train Station, which is across the tracks (5 min. walk) to FivePoint, there is no sun, and it’s not 90-degrees, the sky is dark, and the threat of rain looms.

Once inside the Amphitheatre the fans are filing in, they all know something I don’t, wearing jackets and carrying umbrellas, but I still had hoped we would get through this show fine.

That didn’t last long as we started to feel a light mist, heading to the photo pit for the openers Allen Stone. Their short set was a great warm-up, with a combination of Soul/R&B.

Up next a band I have seen several times over the years, and it never gets old.

The Goo Goo Dolls have plenty to celebrate, three decades Goo have been rocking the masses, the 20th Anniversary of their Grammy-nominated quadruple-platinum album Dizzy Up The Girl. That’s not all, releasing later this year is their twelfth studio album Miracle Pill.

Weather update….. it’s raining.  The fans are getting anxious; us photographers are doing our best to keep the gear dry, I notice the stagehands putting covers over the guitars in the rack. A little rain didn’t stop the capacity crowd from having a good time.

As the Goo Goo Dolls enter the stage, everyone seemed to forget what was falling from the sky. Guitarist Brad Fernquist, keyboardist/backup vocalist Jim McGorman, and drummer Craig MacIntyre, bassist Robby Takac, frontman/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik kick off the set with Stay With You, from the album Let Love In.

Yep, just like I remembered it, all was well at FivePoint from then on.

Big Machine, from the album Gutterflower, followed, rounding out the first three songs with Slide, from the album Dizzy Up The Girl. It was now time for us photographers to leave the pit, as Rzeznik address the fans, stating “it’s not a good hair day, let it go” I glanced up at him, smiled and laughed as I was leaving the pit.

This show took the fans down memory lane, songs in the set were from albums, Dizzy Up The Girl, Gutterflower, Let Love In, Magnetic, and Boxes.

Also, from their 1995 album, A Boy Named Goo, Rzeznik remanence about three decades of the Goo Goo Dolls, he recalls sitting in an attic apartment in Buffalo, New York approximately nine years into the band, when he wrote Name. “This was the first song I ever wrote that got radio time, so it was our first hit song.”

Rzeznik speaks about their new album, stating they are a working band they still put out new music, as the fans cheer, “don’t cheer yet you haven’t heard the song, pretend you know it.”  Miracle Pill from the upcoming album with the same name.  By the fan’s reaction, the song was a hit.

No Goo Goo Dolls show is complete without fan favorites, closing out their set with Iris and Broadway from the album Dizzy Up The Girl.

Setlist

Stay With You/ Big Machine/ Slide/ Rebel Beat/ Here Is Gone/ Black Balloon/ Free of Me/ So Alive/ Sympathy/ Name/ Miracle Pill/ Bringing on the Light/ Over and Over/ Better Days/ Iris/ Broadway

I was excited to see what Train has put together, this being the first time seeing them live. Train is touring behind their Greatest Hits Album, released on November 9, 2018. This album features fan favorites, Meet Virginia, Drops of Jupiter, Hey Soul Sister, a cover of George Michael’sCareless Whisper featuring Sax man Kenny G.

After a thirty minute break to change over the set. There’s a Traincoming, blasting the horn, blinded by the headlight.

As you see the silhouette of frontman Patrick Monahan front and center, along with bassist Hector Maldonado, keyboardist Jerry Becker, guitarist Luis Maldonado, backup vocalist Nikita Houston and Sakai Smith, opening with Calling All Angels from the album My Private Nation.

50 Ways To Say Goodbye from the album California 37 followed, I love this song, the lyrics make me laugh, the tempo is upbeat and fun. At the beginning of the song, a cameraman came through and notified us, photographers, that confetti shoots off during the song, so be aware of the cannons.

Not knowing when, we went on with our business of photographing, poof the cannons shot off streamers, with the air being so heavy due to rain, it shot over us like a net, it was hysterical trying to get out of it.

Rounding out the first three songs with If It’s Love from the album Save Me San FranciscoMonahan working the stage, taking out his cell phone to snap a couple of photos. Time to put the gear away, go to my seat, and enjoy the rest of the show.

White balloons bounced around the fans during Save Me, San Franciscofrom the album with the same name. Monahan calls out Allen Stonefor Cab, from the album For Me, It’s You, and Bruises from the collection California 37.

Monahan explaining they both were a mentor’s on American Idol, as Monahan asked if they could be best friends, Stone’s response you’re damn right we can be Pat!

By now I am thoroughly impressed, I love Monahan, he is a showman, working the stage, always smiling, having fun with the audience, he has a vibe that draws you to him.

There is a little history, as Monahan explains, “true story this is from our first album that was recorded right here.”  Meet Virginia from their self-titled album, the crowd singing every word. After the first guitar solo, Monahan introduces guitarist Luis Maldonado, stating he was from here, probably stretching it a bit.  He thought Maldonado would of giving the fans a better solo, he’ll give him a second chance.

While Maldonado shreds the solo, Monahan is tossing t-shirts it the crowd, taking out a sharpie and signing the shirt he was wearing, making his rounds to the other band members for them to sign.

Fans rushed to the front waving their arms, wanting that shirt, Monahan faked a toss, and dropped the shirt, it was like all the air got sucked out of the Amphitheatre with the sigh from the fans, before the end of the song Monahan tossed it to a fan.

Performing a couple of tributes to phenomenal artists, we have lost. Tom Petty cover American Girl with Free Fallin outro. And a Queen cover Under Pressure, both done to perfection.

Closing out their set with Hey, Soul Sister from the album Save Me San Francisco following with Play That Song, from A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat. Leaving the stage waving to the crowd.

As the fans continued cheering, Train came back to the stage for a two song encore.

Opening with Pat Monahan’s solo work, Great Escape from the album Last of Seven, followed by fan-favorite Drops of Jupiter, from the album with the same name.

Rain brought a different elements to the show, we all were in it till the end, making new memories.

Catch this show, the tour runs till the middle of August, you won’t be disappointed.

Setlist

Calling All Angels/ 50 Ways to Say Goodbye/ If It’s Love/ Get to Me/ Save Me San Francisco/ Cab/ Bruises/ Meet Virginia/ American Girl (Tom Petty cover)/ When I Look to the Sky/ Marry Me/ Drive By/ Angel in Blue Jeans/ Under Pressure (Queen cover)/ Hey, Soul Sister/ Play That Song

Encore

Great Escape (Pat Monahan song)/ Drops of Jupiter

Till next time….

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CU Independent – Goo Goo Dolls, Train Deliver Nostalgia & Fresh Hits in Back-to-Back Performance

by KEVIN WU

Grammy award-winning band Train, along with the Goo Goo Dolls, made quite a splash at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on Thursday, June 20.

Both played in support of their respective album releases: Train for their “Greatest Hits” album released in November 2018, and the Goo Goo Dolls for their upcoming studio album “Miracle Pill,” which will be released later this fall.

Despite the sparse crowd early on, R&B singer Allen Stone sang his heart out for the audience, trying to get them pumped up for what was to come. As the night progressed, more and more people began to file in for both big acts as the excitement began to build.

When the Goo Goo Dolls took to the stage, the audience sang along to the bands’ many hits, including “Iris,” “Name” and “Slide.” To band members’ credit, guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac maintained a high-energy atmosphere throughout their set, even with their lesser-known songs. Newer tracks included “Over and Over,” ”So Alive” and the title track “Miracle Pill” from their upcoming album, which they played for the first time live.

Everything came together for the night when Train took the stage, introduced by large, blaring train horns, which were met with excited screams from the audience. They dove straight into fan-favorite songs “Save Me San Francisco” and “Cab,” much to the delight of the crowd. Several lucky fans near the stage snagged the band’s tour t-shirts thrown out by lead singer Pat Monaghan. Each member of the band was able to take turns in the spotlight during the 90-minute set, even the backup singers.

Fans went wild with the hits: “Hey Soul Sister,” “Marry Me” and “Drive By.” Later, songs ranging from the more upbeat “Play that Song” to the more thoughtful “When I Look Into the Sky” all showcased the band’s incredible library of music they have amassed over the past 20 years. In addition, Train played a few covers, such as “Under Pressure” by Queen, “Free Falling” by Tom Petty and even “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys.

Near the end in shrouded darkness, the audience waited excitedly for an encore. Much to everybody’s delight, the band ended the night with a bang, performing their song “Drops of Jupiter.”

Allen Stone, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls gave us an amazing night filled with nostalgia and pure energy that is sure to be one of the more memorable summer concerts this year.

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NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Still Listening

By Jocelyn Murphy

For two decades, when John Rzeznik needed to write a song, the frontman for alternative rock outfit Goo Goo Dolls would lock himself in a room to write alone. That method turned out indisputable hits of the ’90s and 2000s like “Name,” “Slide,” “Let Love In” and, of course, “Iris.” But after 10 albums, some personnel (and personal) changes and a band coming up on 30 years together, the process had begun to get a bit depressing, he admits.

“You can’t create in a vacuum, you know? You can’t learn in a vacuum. You can’t grow in a vacuum. Exposure to people who have different skills and different worldviews and different creative processes is really, really such an enjoyable thing,” the lead guitarist and singer says of changing his approach for the Dolls’ last album.

The 2016 release “Boxes” was Goo Goo Dolls’ 11th studio release and a departure for Rzeznik in the writing department; the entire project was created in the spirit of experimentation, he shares.

“I decided that I was at a point in my life and my career where I could push the walls out,” he says. “If one day I wanted to sit down with some guy who does EDM music and mess around and try to write a song with him, I could do it. I decided, ‘OK, I’m not going do anything that’s not fun. I’m not going to work with anybody who’s going to bum me out. We’re just going to have a good time, and we’re going to find new people, and we’re going to experiment.'”

In 2017, Train lead singer Pat Monahan expressed a similar feeling to What’s Up! about his band’s latest album “a girl a bottle a boat” ahead of the group’s visit to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. Now, the two music icons return to the AMP on a co-headlining tour that Rzeznik promises will be a “BIG night of big hits.”

“I’m sure Pat would tell you the same thing; he and I are both sort of anomalies in the fact that we’re still putting records out from our generation of music — the class of ’95 or whatever the hell you want to call it,” Rzeznik muses. “From that whole situation we grew out of, the whole post-grunge thing, for us and them to still be making records and still playing big places, and having a career as long as he’s had and I’ve had, that’s pretty astounding to me.”