The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty along with opener Kate Earl kicked off their summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester New Hampshire. These are two powerhouse bands that have stood the test of time through many changes in the music industry. Kate Earl kicked off the show with a short set displaying her edgy folk/pop styling.
The Goo Goo Dolls would take the stage next and kick things off with a song off their 2013 release “Magnetic” called “Last Hot Night”. In a career that is closing in on 30 years, you could say that John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and Mike Malinin have paid their dues. Having stayed pretty much under the radar for many years, it was not until the release of their single “Name” off their 1994 release “A Boy Named Goo” that they really took their place in the industry.
With a career that has spanned this long, the Goo Goo Dolls have built up an extensive catalog of music which they shared with the audience. Playing hits such as “Iris”, “Black Balloon” and “Slide”, they continue to pack arenas with an action packed show that is one not to be missed.
To cap off the night, Rob Thomas hit the stage with is band, Matchbox Twenty. This was the first time I had seen the band, and I must say that I was very impressed. This is one band that makes the stage their home. Matchbox Twenty, having formed in 1995 have also built a pretty extensive music catalog not unlike the Goo Goo Dolls. Playing a well mixed set of new and old music, these included hits such as “3 A.M.”, “Long Day” and “Push”.
Front man, Rob Thomas has been sought after for many years for his vocal abilities and he proved that. Thomas has been polishing his voice for nearly 20 years, and he is sounding better than ever. Pair this with the extreme talent of the band, and you have the perfect cocktail. There are still a few east coast dates left on the tour this week, so be sure to catch this show while you still can!