The Goo Goo Dolls rocked the city Saturday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Having 1st seen them live at the very same venue back in 2011, their performances still gives me butterflies. As the lyrics to their 2013 song “Rebel Beat” goes: “There’s no worries, there’s no care, feel the sounds that’s everywhere.” That quite nicely summarizes the experience of being at a Goo Goo Dolls concert.
I was in full 90’s alternative rock mode as the band started out with the single “A Long Way Down”, then eased into Billboard Top 40 hit “Slide.” As lead singer Johnny Rzeznik began strumming the melody, the crowd went wild and I slipped off my shoes to in order to dance more comfortably and sing along at the top of my lungs. The Goo Goo Dolls had me sliding through all sorts of happy emotions. The highlight of the night was during the single “Black Balloon, the fans brought actual black balloons to the venue and released them to coincide with the song. I managed to catch one as it floated through the air and it surely will become one of my favorite souvenirs from concert I’ve attended. As base player Robby Takac took over singing duties with “Bringing On The Light”, it was refreshing to see a lead singer step aside to let the other members of the band have their moment in the spotlight. When a band is unselfish like this, it relays the message that what they are all about the music and delivering the best of it to their fans.
Closing out their set with “Broadway” left concert goers clamoring for more, so the band complied with an encore of “It’s Long Way Home” complete with large white balloons that filled the venue. The stage began to resemble a music video with its vivid light/smoke show and random flying objects. This only made this concert all that much more exciting. For this ardent concertgoer and devoted fan, life couldn’t have been any better and on that night in Raleigh, for that very moment in time, all was right in the world.
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Andrea Ponce is a 2016 Business Administration graduate from William Peace University. With a passion for all things marketing, you can find this foodie at your local coffee shop or Raleigh’s next concert brainstorming her next idea.
Lamarr Fowlkes is a Raleigh/Asheville based contributing writer for Triangle Arts and Entertainment and Promotions Assistant at LiveNation Entertainment. A former UNC Tar Heel and UNC Asheville Bulldog, descendant of Welsh and Nigerian ancestry, and noted hockey enthusiast, Lamarr will continue to provide art and entertainment coverage for the Triangle area whilst simultaneously expanding his reach to the remainder of the Carolinas. To read more of Lamarr’s posts for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/lamarr-fowlkes