Concert review: Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot at the Ask Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa

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Opening act Switchfoot also turned in a high-energy performance, with front man Jon Foreman taking the term “connecting with the audience” to a new level. During the 45-minute set, Foreman borrowed a hat from a fan and waded into the middle of the audience to perform several songs while the crowd joined in. He also took a minute to offer a cupcake to younger brother and band bassist Tim Forman in honor of his birthday. Standout tunes from the Switchfoot set included “Mess of Me,” “Free” and a dead-on cover of Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.” Setlist also included below.

Thrown to the wolves and asked to perform to a mostly empty house, show support act Boyce Avenue delivered a pretty good set. I’d like the opportunity to experience this band at a smaller venue, where they might be able to feed off the energy of a larger crowd.

[image-1]Goo Goo Dolls setlist

Sweetest Lie

Big Machine


Dizzy Up The Girl

Here is Gone

Second Time


Can’t Let it Go

Black Balloon


Better Days

Stay With You

Now I Hear

Tucked Away

Know Your Name

Let Love In

As I Am

All Eyes on Me


Switchfoot setlist


Mess of Me

Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty)

Dare You to Move

The Sound

Eyes Wide Open



Meant to Live

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Sunday night’s Goo Goo Dolls show at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre provided local folks with an evening of great music and fun, the band putting on a high-quality show despite the sparse turnout. I’m not sure if the economy or market oversaturation is to blame, but the excessive number of empty seats implied a box office bomb. Although not official, I did hear the number of tickets sold hovered around 3,000 at show time. In spite of the low attendance numbers, those who were there seemed seemed to fall into the loyal fan category and were fully committed to enjoying the show. For my part, I surprised my son for his 13th birthday, and he was thrilled. (Thanks for all your help, Chrissy!)

Taking the stage at 9:30 p.m., the Goo Goo Dolls seemed to be oblivious to the vacant seats and performed as though they were in front of 100,000 people. The energy and intensity gave off by lead singer Johnny Rzeznik and bassist/singer Robby Takec was infectious and fueled by a high-tech light and stage show. The band torn through a 90-minute set that included hits such as “Better Days,” “Stay With You” and “Know My Name,” as well as "Sweetest Lie," "Home" and "Now I Hear" from the band's forthcoming release, Something For The Rest Of Us, due out August 31. (Check out the complete setlist and photo gallery featuring my pics after the jump.)

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