Train + Goo Goo Dolls Turn Up The Hits In Colorado [Review + Photos]

 

As summer is officially underway, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls captured the warmth and brought the hits to a packed Fiddler’s Amphitheatre in Englewood, Colorado. The Thursday night (June 20) show also featured Allen Stone.

Washington State R&B/Soul musician Allen Stone beautifully warmed the crowd as they filled the outdoor venue. Wearing a brown hat, orange lens glasses, and arm green attire, Stone strutted the stage skillfully singing his songs such as “Unaware” and a funky cover “Is This Love” by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Multi-Platinum rockers the Goo Goo Dolls delivered songs from their vast catalog that has flooded rock radio charts for decades. Just as they have in past Colorado shows, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac brought energy and solid live performances. The band set kicked off with “Stay With Me” before jumping into “Big Machine”. Last year the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ and they sprinkled in staple hits “Slide”, “Broadway” and released balloons into the crowd for “Black Ballon”. The crowd was in for a treat as they played a brand new song “Miracle Pill” that will land on a new album released this fall. Rzeznik told a story of when he wrote the song “Name” decades ago on a sofa in his attic apartment in Buffalo, New York. Rzeznik stopped and joked as he forgot the lyrics before the crowd cheered him on towards the end of the song.

Train would close out the night playing a rousing set featuring songs from their ‘Greatest Hits’ album released in 2018. Vocalist Pat Monahan is a commanding frontman who brought spirit and punch. He gracefully balanced songs “Calling All Angels” and “Save Me, San Francisco with ballads “When I Look To The Sky” and “Marry Me”. Monahan interacted a lot with the audience. He grabbed a cell phone from an audience member and shot a selfie before launching the phone back. He also tossed out t-shirts from the front of the stage and walked around getting all the band members signatures before flipping it in the crowd. Allen Stone returned to the set and contributed vocals on the song “Cab” and traded vocals with Monahan on “Bruises”. John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls also returned to the stage shortly after and together executed a smooth cover version of Tom Petty’s “American Girl”. Train guitarist Luis Maldonado who was from Boulder, CO got his chance to shine in an elevated solo during “Meet Virginia” and while doing an incredible vocal part on a cover of the Queen hit “Under Pressure,” also featuring bassist Hector Maldonado. At the end Train powerfully lifted the audience dancing, and signing along to their mega hits “Drive By”, “Hey, Soul Sister”, and encore “Drop Of Jupiter”.

Photos and review by Jason Bullinger