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.