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Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch Make Interesting Night of Tunes
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Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch Make Interesting Night of Tunes

Goo Goo Dolls took to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater stage Sunday, August 7, along with Michelle Branch and Parachute.

Parachute took the stage first and played their original songs as well as the cover, "One Headlight" by the Wallflowers.

Michelle Branch started off with "Everywhere", her first major label hit. The single was from The Spirit Room and a majority of her set list consisted from this album. She did a good job at blending her new songs with her more recognizable ones. The Goo Goo Dolls had less seamless transitions between their songs but still provided a memorable set.

First, the Goos rolled out their 1998 hit, "Slide" that brought the crowd to their feet.

The Goos swayed away from their adult contemporary hits when bassist and vocalist, Robby Takac, took the lead on several, fast paced, more punk infused songs. Before they made it mainstream in the early 90's, the Goos early sound was more alternative punk.  

"I figured that if my music didn't work out, I would go back to school. Then, I heard this song on the radio and I knew I'd be alright," said John Rzeznik, lead singer. That lead in was for the song, "Name".

The band did not skimp on stage lighting either; they had a moving scaffold that changed according to song along with coordinated lighting.  The band's instrument work was tight and on target. They effortlessly played their instruments and played with energy.

The Goo Goo Dolls set  included an encore performance and afterwards the band, Parachute, did an encore performance in the parking lot. A large crowd quickly gathered amongst the parked cars with some people gathering on top of cars, to catch a glimpse of the band. The impromptu set didn't last long as the staff needed to make room for exiting vehicles.

Melodic tunes were blasted underneath the stars as the outdoor amphitheater seemed a perfect host  for the night of cool, rock tunes.

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