Empire Extreme - Train/Goo Goo Dolls Pittsburgh Show Review

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by Shelby Tyce in Live


Summer seems to be flying by, so quickly that it’s almost to it’s ending. With winding down one of the biggest times of the year for concerts, they sure save some of the best for last, including Train and The Goo Goo Dolls. This happy-go-lucky duo certainly brought nothing but good vibes to their audience at Keybank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, with their high energy performances, and a number that sent phones flying.

The Goo Goo Dolls have been touching the hearts of fans all around the world since 1986, and they certainly didn’t disappoint the Pittsburgh crowd in the slightest.Opening their show up with “Stay With You”, the trio certainly started off their set with a bang. Other songs included songs off a wide stretch of their albums, popular hits “Black Balloon, “Slide”, and of course, the infamous hit, “Iris”. The band closed the show with “Broadway” off their Dizzy Up The Girl album. The band also performed the title track off of their upcoming album, Miracle Pill, which drops September 13th. To hold you over, be sure to check out one of the three singles released so far, and be prepared for a comeback to remember.

Train takes the stage next, and one could maybe look at their opening number, “Calling All Angels”, as a blessing over the set itself. What truly kicked off the setlist was the second number, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye”, in which they surprised the audience with Confetti to truly start off their portion of the show on a highnote. Being a native from Erie, Pa, it’s no wonder that lead singer Patrick Monahan took a softspot to the Pittsburgh fans by taking selfies with their phones a they threw them up onto the stage during his third song, “If It’s Love”. Another note I would like to highlight about the show was the amount of covers the band did throughout the night, six of them to be exact, including “Empire State of Mind” (Jay-Z cover), “American Girl” (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover), “Free Fallin” (Tom Petty cover), “Under Pressure” (Queen cover), “Heartbreaker” (Led Zepplin cover), and “Sweet Emotion” (Aerosmith cover). The evening came to a close with one of their most popular hits “Drops of Jupiter”, as Train put their stamp on the end of the Summer, leaving a warm tingly feeling in all the fans hearts, until they come to town again.

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