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By Fatima Kelley

Alt-rock stalwarts Goo Goo Dolls dizzied up to Chula Vista's North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre recently with a career-spanning set of hit after hit.

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Train, Goo Goo Dolls kick off summer at Utah USANA show

Train and the Goo Goo Dolls seem to have brought summer with them on their nationwide tour with Allen Stone.

The rock bands’ stop Tuesday at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City was as bright and energetic as the warm summer night that played host to the concert.

“This has been a lot of fun touring with Train,” Goo Goo Dolls guitarist and vocalist Johnny Rzeznik told the crowd. “This feels like a good summer.”

Train performed a lively set featuring the group’s greatest hits from “Drops of Jupiter” to “Drive By.”

The set balanced upbeat tunes like “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” with slow, thoughtful numbers such as “When I Look to the Sky,” a song Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan said has reminded fans of people they have lost and helped him remember what music is about.

“When they look to the sky, they feel like they can still connect with their loved ones,” Monahan told the audience. “It’s about bringing us together, like tonight.”

Stone returned to the stage after opening the show with a powerful vocal set to perform “Cab” and “Bruises” with Train in two beautiful duets with Monahan.

“I met him … several months ago at ‘American Idol,’ and I asked him if we could be best friends, and he said yes, so he came here with us,” Monahan said of Stone.

Train guitarist Luis Maldonado of Salt Lake City got his chance to shine in an exhilarating solo during “Meet Virginia” and while doing justice to Freddie Mercury’s vocal part in the band’s cover of Queen hit “Under Pressure,” also featuring bassist and vocalist Hector Maldonado.

The group paid tribute to Tom Petty as well in a cover that fused “American Girl” and “Free Fallin’ ” together.

Monahan kept the crowd engaged throughout the night and surprised fans with an impromptu hip-hop cover of Drake’s “In My Feelings” in the middle of “Hey, Soul Sister.”

Beach balls bounced throughout the audience as Train performed “Save Me, San Francisco,” in front of a colorful skyline backdrop.

The Goo Goo Dolls likewise captured the attention of the crowd, which seemed to sing along to every word of the band’s hit “Iris,” with a series of black balloons that fans passed around while the group performed “Black Balloon.”

Rzeznik said he remembers sitting on a dirty, secondhand sofa in an attic apartment in Buffalo, New York, about nine years into the Goo Goo Dolls’ time as a band when he wrote “Name.”

“This was the first song that I ever wrote that got on the radio, so it was like our first hit song,” Rzeznik said. “We never got to be the biggest band in the world, but for one minute, we were the best, and that was amazing.”

Goo Goo Dolls members reminisced about their 30 years as a band.

“It is so great to be back here with you guys,” Goo Goo Dolls bassist and vocalist Robby Takac said. “There’s a tear in my eye. First time we played here was to about nine people up three flights of stairs, and this is amazing, you guys. Thanks for sticking with us all these years.”

Daily Herald

Ridgefield Washington’s Sunlight Supply Amphitheater was the place to be last Saturday, if you wanted to see a big production rock show anyway. In town were Allen Stone, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Train in what will most likely be one of the biggest tours making the rounds this summer. Ridgefield was the second night of the tour, so there’s plenty of opportunity to see these guys before the lights go out.

Allen Stone kicked things off as people were still putting butts down in the nearly packed amphitheater. Mr. Stone and his band played six songs including a cover of the Bob Marley classic Is This Love.

The Goo Goo Dolls, coming off a very successful Dizzy Up The Girl anniversary tour took the stage next. They played a full suite of the songs we all fell in love with over the years, opening with Stay With You and closing with Broadway. The Goo Goo Dolls played sixteen songs when all was said and done. During their set, the Goo Goo Dolls premiered a new single titled Miracle Pill from their upcoming album of the same name. It’s a catchy tune with a rhythmic keyboard back beat. It’ll be interesting to hear what the Goo Goo Dolls have up their sleeves with this new album for sure.

Train closed out the night in Ridgefield, opening with Drive By. By the way, the production on this tour is incredible. LED panels line the entire back of the stage and climb all the way to the top of the venue. Spectacular imagery throughout the show provide a great visual to accompany the performances. Train’s setlist didn’t have any big surprises, but they did perform a cover of Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty, for which, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer Johnny Rzeznik joined them on stage. Closing out their eighteen song set, Drops Of Jupiter, the final song of their two song encore.

Allen Stone, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Train are playing amphitheatres nationwide so be sure to get out and get your seats!

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Why Rebel Beat?
« Last post by ggdfan25 on June 18, 2019, 01:31 AM »
They've literally played the exact same summer setlist for years and I'm tired of it.

After 30 shows, I don't think I'll ever go back for a summer show where it's all the hits they've been playing for years on years on years.

It's boring at this point :/

It was really nice to see a balanced set during the DUTG run, where about half was hits and half was songs that hard core fans love. Now they're back to catering to people who loved the radio hits and not much else... Lame...
By Editor

It was a warm clear night in Mountain View yesterday, which would only get hotter once the headliners for the evening hit the stage. The Goo Goo Dolls and Train. Two cultural icons from the 90s on one bill. I’m pretty certain you couldn’t have found two bands that more perfectly complimented each other. Both with charismatic strong singers, catchy melodies and huge anthemic choruses. Each with a unique sound, one that weaved the tapestry of modern music for decades.

The Goo Goos were first to bat and came on strong. They kicked things off with the mega-hit “Stay With You,” which had the crowd on their feet quickly and yearning for more. “Big Machine” quickly followed suit and lit up the stage. But it wasn’t until “Iris,” that fan enthusiasm crescendoed. The iconic song is one of those timeless gems that never gets old and showcases the unique chemistry between Johnny Rzeznik and his brother in arms, Robby Takac. It’s a connection that you feel the moment these two hit the stage and judging by their warm smiles seen throughout the set, not one likely to fade away.

Train was up next and quickly jumped into “Calling All Angels.” Pat Monahan looked great sporting a casual combo of black jeans, white T-shirt and jean jacket. Already an already impeccable vocalist, the years on the road both leading up to his fame as well as after, have turned the charming frontman into a seasoned performer. He was confident, funny and friendly. For someone of his stature, his humility onstage felt refreshing and genuine.

Of course, they need to perform “Save Me San Francisco,” because not only was this a hometown show for the band that’s originally from Petaluma, but their current guitarist is a San Jose native. They did it brilliantly and made the Bay Area proud to call them one of their own.

Highlights of the show for me included a mesmerizing medley of Tom Petty covers for which Monahan brought out Johnny Rzeznik as well as duet version of “Bruises” with Allen Stone on guest vocals. What more can be said? The show is non-stop fun from beginning to end and a must-see from these two bands that have orchestrated the soundtrack for so many of our lives.

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Why Rebel Beat?
« Last post by superjess on June 16, 2019, 12:42 PM »
Yeah, I was surprised they didn't play Come to Me either since that was a pretty big hit and still gets played on the radio, but yeah, maybe they just really enjoy playing that song. With all the hits they play, they should be allowed to pick a sleeper or two haha.
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: New Song! “Miracle Pill”
« Last post by GooFan50 on June 16, 2019, 11:30 AM »
Catchy new song. Looking forward to hearing the studio version.
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Why Rebel Beat?
« Last post by GooFan50 on June 16, 2019, 11:26 AM »
Maybe John and Robby just like the song and wanted to play it?

I don't see anything "hollow" about it at all, lol. Not everything the band ever does is a heartless marketing decision. (Although I'm sure if they only ever played their most popular songs, that's what people would accuse them of.)
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Chula Vista, CA 6/14 - Videos
« Last post by BulletproofAngel on June 15, 2019, 04:47 PM »
Thanks to Scott Fyson for these videos from the show:


Here is Gone


Black Balloon:

Better Days:

Miracle Pill:

Thanks to SD Boy for the full set here:
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