Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls team up for national tour

Two of the more influential pop-rock bands of the 90’s are making waves on their double headliner styled national tour. Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls, both chart toppers in their industry are hosting some of the most beloved hits of the previous two decades powering them through some respectable arena shows contrary to pessimistic critics.

Don’t let a poor review fool you. These two still have what it takes to relive the late 90’s, arguably both of their primes.

With both Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls sporting relatively new music, Goo Goo Dolls especially, their enthusiastic fans now approaching their thirties have past and present hits to look forward to. But with new music comes some skeptical fans that just want to hear the “old stuff”. And rightfully so, some bands just don’t feel the same after they’ve produced a certain number of albums.

Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty make it work though. Most of their setlists are built around their smash hits once only heard on the radio just before the age of internet. Rob Thomas’ vocals are superb and spot on – he hasn’t aged one bit. Belting out lyrics for songs new and old is seamless and powerful.

Sticking primarily to earlier albums Mad Season and Yourself or Someone Like You plays it safe with the grown up crowd, but newer songs post-hiatus were dabbled in like “How Far We’ve Come” among others.

Goo Goo Dolls on the other hand stuck more with their enormous back catalog of hits accumulated over the years. Early on Johnny Rzeznik hammered away on the blissful chunky riffs of “Naked” though bassist Robby Takac was a little more held back than as seen at previous shows.

No worry though, fans soaked up every minute of this well paired performance. Rzeznik opened the show with a new tune from their June 2013 release Magnetic but reserved much of the setlist and closing for better known hits like “Black Balloon”, “Give A Little Bit”, “Iris”, and “Broadway”.

A Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls tour has been dreamt about by the twenty year olds of the late 90’s for years, finally coming out of nowhere for a nearly perfect summer tour stirring up new memories of this timeless era.

Matchbox Twenty

Goo Goo Dolls


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