Review: Goo Goo Dolls delight at Jones Beach Theater in New YorkConcert Review • June 15, 2014 • Digital Journal
Wantagh - On June 14, the acclaimed rock band Goo Goo Dolls played a show at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, in Wantagh, New York.
They shared the stage with such musical acts as Plain White T's and Daughtry, both of which impressed in their sets.
The Goo Goo Dolls consists of longstanding members Johnny Rzeznik on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, as well as Robby Takac on bass and vocals. They are signed to Warner Brothers Records.
They commenced their Long Island concert with "Lazy Eye" and "Dizzy."
It was followed by the fan-favorite "Slide," which was fun and upbeat and Rzeznik incorporated it as a crowd sing-along.
They immediately broke into "Big Machine" and "Rebel Beat," the opening track of their latest studio effort.
Their rendition of the love song and single "Come To Me" was like a soothing lullaby. Rzeznik's vocals were rich and mellow, and Takac rocked the harmonies on this tune.
"This song is called 'Here Is Gone' and it goes like this," Rzeznik said, prior to singing their smash hit "Here is Gone."
Rzeznik nailed the acoustic guitar and vocals on such tunes as "Caught In the Storm" from their new CD, and the follow-up "Feel The Silence."
Other new songs from their new Magnetic album included "When The World Breaks Your Heart" and "Slow It Down," which are a substantial indication that the group is still at the top of their game musically.
They took their fans on a trip down memory lane on such hits as "Black Balloon," the up-tempo "Name" and "Better Days."
They closed their set with the infectious "Broadway," as well as their signature tune "Iris," which garnered them a huge standing ovation.
For their encores, the band returned and played one of my all-time favorite songs of theirs, the melancholic ballad "Sympathy," where Rzeznik accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, as well as "Let Love In."
"Can I hear you Jones Beach? Common," Rzeznik said mid-way through the second and final encore song, "Let Love In," as he held his hands up in the air.
Overall, the Goo Goo Dolls gave Long Island, New York, a night of acoustic, rock and adult contemporary music to remember. It is no wonder that they have been around for well over two decades and they have always managed to stay relevant despite the changing times in the music industry. Johnny Rzeznik's vocals were spot-on and remarkable as ever, and Robby Takac proved to be one of music's best-kept secrets.
The only downside was the cold weather, especially with the cool winds that were blowing in the amphitheater, but that did not prevent the Goo Goo Dolls from putting on a well-received show. Their concert garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on the Goo Goo Dolls and their upcoming gigs, visit their official website.