I am predominantly a country music listener and that is where I would say my expertise lie. I am a fan of many other genres; I am just not such an avid listener and am not as up to date of all the latest artists and songs as I am with country. With that said, I attended the Plain White T’s, Daughtry, and the Goo Goo Dolls concert at DTE on July 1. This is my review of a mainly rock and roll show and what exactly I took away from it.
I love the Goo Goo Dolls, and that’s why I wanted to see this show, and I know a lot of Daughtry songs as well so I figured this is a good show for me. The Goo Goo Dolls are legendary and most everybody has heard of them, especially ’90s kids. Our entire generation takes pride on being ’90s children, and with that pride, comes knowing multiple Goo Goo Dolls hits, like “Name,” and “Better Days,” to name a few. That is why I was so excited for this show, some classic songs that connect me with my childhood along with some more recent artists who bring added entertainment to the concert.
The Plain White T’s were up first, and they were simply average. They could sing and sounded exactly like they do on the radio, granted I only knew three songs, but they weren’t very entertaining. They had trouble engaging with the crowd and I felt they delivered a mediocre performance. A lot of this could stem from the fact that the crowd was an older one and only had eyes for Goo Goo Dolls, but all in all I was not very impressed. They sang their hits “Hey There Delilah” and “1,2,3,4,” but after those two radio singles they, unfortunately, lost me.
Daughtry, on the other hand, was a bit more impressive. I recognized a lot of Daughtry’s songs from the radio, and they played all of their hits. The crowd was more involved this time and sang along to all the songs, and really got into their favorites like “Waiting for Superman” and “Home.” The only issue I have with Daughtry as a group is that ALL of their songs sound exactly alike. I like that I knew and recognized songs I haven’t heard in years and had totally forgotten about, but the reason I had forgotten about so many of their songs was, again, they all could be the same one. I also enjoyed that A) they could sing live, and B) I knew they could sing well live due Chris Daughtry having been on American Idol. They only thing I wasn’t expecting was all the screaming, I knew Daughtry rocked and was hard core, but they screamed and yelled A LOT in their songs. Unnecessarily. To me it just sounded like they were constantly angry, and not all of their songs are angry songs per say, but they made them all sound like angry songs. I enjoyed the performance but it definitely could have been toned back.
Finally the Goo Goo Dolls came on, and clearly, they were the hit of the night. They sang all of my favorite songs of theirs and gave a performance to remember. They have so many songs it is hard to pick, but they did a fantastic job and had a great time with the audience. When they performed the song “Name,” the lead singer, John Rzeznik, explained how he used to be a grunge rock band snob and only listen to the non-mainstream stuff. So when the first time he heard his song on the radio at a supermarket, two things ran through his head. The first was that none of his friends would like his band anymore or listen to their music because they had now gained a level of recognition. The next thought he had, more importantly was, “fuck them.” Like a true rock and roll artist. This band does their own thing and sang all the classics while debuting some new music as well. To end the show they played “Iris,” and people went crazy. My personal favorite song is “Iris,” and I loved it along with the majority of people there. This point was further proven true when the entire audience screamed the lines, “yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive,” when the Goo Goo Dolls stopped singing at let the audience take the song away. It is one of those classic songs that will never get old and no one wants it to.
They then came back for an encore of “Sympathy” and “Broadway.” I loved it, although I am a naïve rock and roll listener, but a huge Goo Goo Doll fan, and I am pretty sure that was the general consensus. The Goo Goo Dolls kick ass. I recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance, it was a show to remember.
Written by Alaina Stevenson