Goo Goo Dolls at Susquehanna Bank Center

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Goo Goo Dolls:

Continuing on my quest to cover and see new bands that I’ve never seen or covered before, I found myself oddly excited for the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty co-headlining tour. Unfortunately due to the filming of a brand new full-set DVD, we weren’t able to cover Matchbox Twenty at this date.

As disappointing as that was, I was at least happy to have the opportunity to cover Goo Goo Dolls. Unlike some of my other summer shows, (namely Fun at Merriweather Post Pavilion), I wasn’t surprised by the age range at this show. The majority of the fans were definitely old school fans of the band from their most popular days.

Though I’ve only heard a few songs over the years, I was incredibly impressed with how great they were live. John Rzeznik is easily one of the best front man in the business. Despite pushing fifty years of age, Rzeznik has more energy than front men half his age and that’s a beautiful sight to see. Despite the songs where he had to plant himself in front of the mic to sing while playing guitar, he was spending his time running from one side of the stage to the other serenading the fans in the front rows of the pit. The man had a ton of energy.

Despite not being the nights headliner, the band was still allotted a huge setlist which ended up being around fourteen songs ranging their entire career. Songs like “Last Hot Night” and “Iris” were definitely crowd-pleasers. While a good portion of the crowd seemed like they were only there for Matchbox Twenty, they didn’t have any issues bobbing their heads and singing along the best they could to Goo Goo Dolls. This was definitely one of my favorite shows of the summer.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Last Hot Night
2. Slide
3. Naked
4. Here is Gone
5. Rebel Beat
6. Black Balloon
7. January Friend
8. Another Second Time Around
9. Come to Me
10. Name
11. Bringing on the Light
12. Better Days
13. Iris
14. Broadway

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