Christopher Sneed Staff Oct 31, 2019
Goo Goo Dolls, with special guest The Unlikely Candidates, gave an energetic performance Tuesday night at The Brady Theater in Tulsa as part of their Miracle Pill Tour.
The cold wind and rain did not stop a line from forming to see the award-winning rock band. Over 2,000 longtime and newer fans, of all ages, filled the theater.
In response to the band coming to Tulsa, one fan online said “we saw them in Enid and they were awesome.”
Goo Goo Dolls, famous for hits such as “Name” and “Slide,” arrived in Tulsa to promote their new album, “The Miracle Pill.”
First, The Unlikely Candidates, an indie rock band originating from Texas, took the stage. The group fueled the venue with energy immediately. Lead singer Kyle Morris echoed the beautifully powerful vocals of Brandon Urie and Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds with the stage presence of Mick Jagger. Yet, there was an original style and vibe to the whole band.
Soon after, they did their final number. The Goo Goo dolls arrived on stage and launched into a mix of classic hits and newer material. The band moved from high energy to thoughtful tunes, maintaining an effortless style throughout. Front man John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac always engaged with the audience.
He never hesitated to banter with the audience between songs. At one point, Rzeznik talked Oklahoma history and the definition of the word “Sooner,” which drew laughter from the crowd. The playful and welcoming tone continued until the end.
Goo Goo Dolls covered past hits including “Sympathy” and “So Alive.” The lineup also featured “Iris,” which was on the “City of Angels Soundtrack” in 1998. They worked in equally solid tracks from their new album. Each song was full of experience and a warmth, with Rzeznik voice as smooth as it was when their album “A Boy Named Goo” dropped in the 90s. The show was a reminder of how strong the band has continued to be over the last three decades.
Takac’s vocals were also featured on a few songs. There were moments his voice was reminiscent of legendary singer Steve Perry, formerly of the band Journey. During the entire show, he exuded a wild confidence, bouncing around the stage with no shoes on. His personality and sound brought a harmonious balance to the concert.
One peculiar moment occurred when Rzeznik mentioned all of the band members except Takac. The two created the band and have been sharing their universal rock music for the past 30 years. So it was an odd moment that spawned confused looks from the crowd as Takac shrugged and continued playing.
Otherwise, the event was a friendly retreat from winter’s arrival, complete with confetti cannons, black balloons and large falling capsules on the screen behind the band.
The Unlikely Candidates rounded out the experience by greeting fans in the lobby. They signed merchandise and took photos with the same approachability they delivered on stage. It was a nice finish.
Goo Goo Dolls, comprised of Rzeznik and Takac, formed in 1985. Since then, they have been nominated for multiple Grammy’s, appeared on television in shows such as “Charmed” and involved themselves with charity work.
“Miracle Pill” is the band’s 12th album. Their last album, “Boxes”, featured their hit single “So Alive” and came out in 2016.
The tour is scheduled to continue until Dec. 5 when the band will play their final show in Arizona with Season 16 American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe.