By: Marti Mendoza
When I saw Train was going on tour with Goo Goo Dolls, my music world exploded. These two were some of my favorite bands growing up and still are up to now. This concert definitely did not disappoint.
Starting the night off was Allen Stone, who took the stage as the crowd was filling in at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, Texas, which is just north of Houston. Stone warmed up the crowd with his soulful and R&B sound, singing a few of his hits including “Unaware” and “Brown Eyed Lover.”
Next is Goo Goo Dolls who came out to a loud and energetic audience. Lead singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik’s vocals were sounding as great as ever, especially during crowd favorites “Slide” and “Name.” Everybody was up on their feet singing every word and dancing along to songs that have stood the test of time and are still jams today. They also sang “Miracle Pill,” a song they just released on June 21. Always rocking and energetic bassist, Robby Takac, took lead vocals for a couple of songs as well. Last but not least, it would not be a complete Goo Goo Dolls concert without hit song “Iris,” which sounds even better live surrounded by thousands of fans singing the lyrics out loud.
Just seeing Goo Goo Dolls alone in concert is already a worthwhile experience; however, the night is just getting started in this case. The sun has finally completely set, and there is not an empty seat in the amphitheater with the lawn fully filled as well. Everyone is up on their feet as Train comes on stage opening their set with “Calling All Angels.” Lead singer Pat Monahan greets the Houston crowd with a roaring response back. Just as with Goo Goo Dolls, Train’s setlist is filled with a mix of songs, new and old, that fans love and adore such as “If It’s Love,” “Save Me, San Francisco,” “Drive By,” and “Hey, Soul Sister.” Pat Monahan is such an amazing entertainer and vocalist and is backed by an outstanding band as well. Things slowed down when Train performed back-to-back emotional songs “When I Look To The Sky” and “Marry Me.” During “Marry Me,” many couples across the crowd were showed on the big screen, making it one of the highlight performances of the night. Train capped the night off with “Drops of Jupiter,” which is one of my favorite songs of all time. Hearing this song live is definitely one of my top concert moments ever. The crowd sang the lyrics back at the top of their lungs while confetti and sparklers lit up the stage, ending the night the best way possible.
If you get the chance to see these amazing bands live, you would not want to miss out!