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August 4, 2010

Concert review: Goo Goo Dolls at Pier Six Pavilion

are you goo goo for the goo goo dolls?Sun sports editor Ron Fritz was at last night's Goo Goo Dolls show at Pier Six Pavilion. Here's Ron's review:

To be honest, it was my first time seeing a concert at Pier Six, but it won’t be the last. Not only is the venue impressive, but last night the weather matched it, with a cool breeze coming off the water.

Then the bands took the stage and raised the temperature a few notches. The Spill Canvas from Sioux Falls, S.D., was the opener and they played a tight, 30-minute set that included two new songs, "Dust Storm" and "Our Song," and ended with fan favorite "All Over You."

I'll admit that I'm a huge fan of the group and have seen them four or five times in the Baltimore area and each time they seem to get a little better. Touring with Switchfoot and a veteran band like the Goo Goo Dolls definitely agrees with them ...

Unexpected for me was Switchfoot. I honestly didn’t know a lot about the band and someone had told me going in that I'd recognize two or three songs. The band from San Diego, Calif., was terrific. The group played for 45 minutes and continued the strong pace set by The Spill Canvas. One highlight from Switchfoot was its cover of Tom Petty’s "I Won’t Back Down." It sounded even better than Petty, and the group rocked it out.

The Goo Goo Dolls clearly know how to put on a show and the group did not disappoint the huge crowd. I'm not sure the attendance, but it looked close to full. When lead singer  Johnny Rzeznik said before the third song the band was going to kick it up a notch, it did with "Slide."

Out promoting a new album, "Something for  the Rest of Us," the group played some of the new material. "Home," and "As I Am," have the potential to be hits. The Goo Goo Dolls didn't leave out some of its biggest hits, either. The band filled the show with "Name," "Iris," "Black Balloon," and closed with "Broadway."

Just a great night of music, and the atmosphere could not have been better.

(Handout photo by Kurt Iswarienko)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:22 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Concert reviews


Yes.... that show was Amazing! Pier Six rocks to see a show and the Goo Goo Dolls always know how to rock it!

Show was great! It's the first time in a while that I've been to a show where ALL of the performers put on a heck of a show!

I'll admit it ... I'm surprised Goo Goos have that many fans still

GREAT show. Switchfoot was fantastic.. Lead singer sang the first 2 songs while standing 10 rows deep in the crowd on a chair.

Goo Goo dolls are a true talent and sound even better live. Rzeznik is just 'one of the guys' and came out after hugging fans and taking pictures in front of his bus. Hops on his bus & sits in the front seat next to the driver.. what a cool dude.

We were actually impressed with Johnny Rzeznik as a person when we met him during our trip to Vegas for "Next Great American Band". While the other judges ripped on us because they knew we were clearly there for sideshow purposes, he actually listened to our music and appreciated it for what it was. Even said he'd buy our album!

Cool dude, and he writes catchy pop songs, which is a hell of a lot harder than it seems. He definitely deserves his success.

Glad you were able to experience a Switchfoot show! In my opinion, they put on one of the best live performances I've ever seen. While I was mainly there to see Switchfoot, I am a fan of Goo Goo Dolls too, and was impressed by their portion as well.

Favorite part of the night - after the concert, the lead singer of Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, treated fans to an "aftershow" - just him & his guitar, sitting on a bench across the pier, playing some solo stuff, as well as some old & new Switchfoot songs (even a few yet to be released). Great night overall :)

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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