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.
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