On a cool summers eve in Phoenix, AZ Train and the Goo Goo Dolls took over Ak-Chin Pavilion on a 110 degree day. If you thought it was hot already you were mistaken as they brought the heat.
With two amazing 90’s bands who knew how to pack the house that is exactly what they did with nearly 20,000 fans.
The Goo Goo Dolls opened up the evening with an old crowd favorite of “Stay with You”. Once the fans got into the groove the hot temps didn’t seem to slow them down from getting up and dancing. They kick it into gear with an even older one of “Big Machine” off the “Dizzy Up the Girl” album which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. To continue the amazing night they threw in some. As the fans are sweaty and dancing the night away they move on into “Free Me”, and “So Alive”.
The rockers effortlessly transition from fast anthem Over and Over – where they jump, kick, and run – to slow ballad “Sympathy” – where Johnny stands alone, stationary, with an acoustic guitar. The light show changes, too, in “Bringing on the Light”. The stage becomes a multitude of beautiful colours. Of course, the group’s set would be incomplete without their equally beautiful “Iris”. Phones instantly come out, hands are in the air and mouths are open. Despite playing their biggest hit, the venue demands more and they finish it off with “Broadway”
The fans had a chance to cool off a bit, grab a drink and get back to their seats before Train took the stage.
Train took the stage and opened up the set with “Calling all Angels” and followed by “50 Ways to Say Goodbye”. As the fans bust back into dancing mode they roll into “Save me, San Francisco”, and “Bruises”. To say the least Train still had what it took to bring the fans out and keep them moving all night. Tain throws in some more fan favorites of “All American Girl”, “Play That Song”, and “Drink Up”. To finish up the night with the encore they threw in “Great Escape”, and of course an all time fan favorite “Drops of Jupiter”.
As always we over at Global AZ Media thank the bands for putting on such an amazing show. Also, a big thank you to Live Nation for bringing the show out to Phoenix as well as the staff out at Ak-Chin Pavilion for putting it all together.
Coverage/Photos By Adam Messler