TAMPA, FL — Following their current summer tour promoting the upcoming Something For The Rest Of Us album, due out Aug 31st, the Goo Goo Dolls were probably the only highlight last Sunday night. At a venue across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and surrounded by, lets be honest, practically nothing, many gathered to see the band that has brought hundreds of hits in their 20 plus year career.
A simple rock show, with strobing lights and excellent sound reception, the band went onstage at the 1800-ask-gary Amphiteatre to the delight of many who hadn’t seen them live in many years. Though the audience was not as welcoming as the Miami one the night prior, they still applauded the band and cheered when they heard songs they recognized and enjoyed. As expected “Slide” and “Iris” were instant hits as the fans sang so loud it was not necessary to have Rzeznik sing the songs at all since everyone knew all of the words.
Sadly, instead of clapping along, dancing, or even bopping their heads when the band performed the new material, most concert goers decided to sit down, leaving only a small number of people (mostly in the front rows) to stand up and continue to enjoy the songs. Though this didn’t phase the band and they continued to give it their all, it was really sad to see that some people didn’t pay them their respects and at least try to enjoy the rest of the songs, even if they were still unknown.
A song that I was particularly happy to hear live again is “Can’t Let It Go” off their Let Love In album, one that the band played once or twice during that tour but seem to have added to their permanent set list now.
Also, I am not sure if they changed the arrangement to “Acoustic #3″ but it seems to be a lot more melodic to what I am used to hearing live. It has a really beautiful sound, very soft and angelic almost, which makes an amazing introduction to “Iris.”
I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful “Not Broken” is live. I just hope the record does it justice as a recorded song. The lyrics, the melody, the tone of voice Rzeznik uses to sing it. It is all around one of the most beautiful songs I have ever seen them play. It is one of those songs that have so much passion and its simplicity makes it that more beautiful. Please if you can make sure to check out that song. Listen to it on the record, watch it on YouTube, but whatever you do make sure that you give it the attention that it deserves. This is really a masterpiece.
Check out Rock Euphoria Goo Goo Dolls videos from this concert in our main page.