The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre roared with exhilaration as The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry (with special guest the Plain White T’s) took Toronto by storm on July 3rd.
The well-paced concert began with a 30-minute set by the Plain White T’s, who performed their biggest hits including “Hey There Delilah” and “I Should’ve Just Gone To Bed”. Tom Higgenson, the lead singer of the band, encouraged a sing-along session for their hit “1, 2, 3, 4 (I Love You)”, which he dedicated to all the lovers in the audience. The band’s vocals were spot on and very pleasant to the growing crowd.
Following a short intermission, Daughtry took the stage to belt an hour-long set, getting the majority of the audience on their feet immediately. The energy from Chris Daughtry, the frontman who was discovered on “American Idol”, resounded through the amphitheatre as he interacted with fans while performing. Numerous hits from Daughtry’s latest album, Baptized, were played, including “Waiting For Superman” and “Battleships”. Several older tunes were also performed such as “Over You” and “What About Now”, which were both big hits with the crowd, who danced and sang along to each one.
Check out Daughtry’s performance of “Baptized” below:
Daughtry performed with power and very impressive vocals, moving around the stage with ease.
Upon the arrival of The Goo Goo Dolls, the near-capacity crowd went wild. In a display of lights and adrenaline-pumping music, lead-guitarist-vocalist John Rzeznik emerged along with the rest of the alternative-rock band. The group didn’t waste a second before diving straight into “Lazy Eye” with energy that lasted to the very end of the 90-minute set. By the third song, fan-favourite “Slide”, everyone was dancing and belting out the lyrics.
The band, which was formed on Memorial Day in 1986, looked right at home on the Canadian stage. The transitions between each song were sleek and never boring as Rzeznik joked around with the crowd and interacted with fans.
About halfway through the set, The Goo Goo Dolls brought out a young couple on stage for everyone to witness their engagement, a sweet and heart-warming moment. The band then proceeded to serenade the couple with “Come To Me”, one of their stellar songs from their recent album, Magnetic.
The well-acclaimed band finished up with “Name” and “Broadway”, but not before performing fan-favourite, “Iris”, which had the entire amphitheatre singing-along.
Despite touring for nearly a month already, there was no sign of fatigue with any of the American bands. Each song was performed with enthusiasm that got everyone dancing along to the beat. The artists’ voices were crisp and refreshing; their talent and experience was clearly displayed.
This concert has definitely earned 5 stars out of 5. It exceeded my expectations significantly.
The North American tour kicked off on June 12th, 2014 in Wallingford, America and comes to an end in Noblesville on August 26th. To purchase tickets to one of the remaining shows, visit: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Goo-Goo-Dolls-tickets/artist/735190