Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty at Verizon – July 9th, 2013

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It has been one heck of a week filled with shooting shows at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, seeing good friends, and photographing some great artists who in my opinion were part of the last string of musicians that could be categorized as “rockstars”.  Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty are two acts that have been around long enough to have a song catalog that is familiar to anyone who listens to adult rock radio stations.  Both bands found success in the late ’90’s and early 2000’s when rock music was shifting out of the “Seattle sound”.  In the era of the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty we started seeing bands whose songs were crafted into solid rock/pop compositions that were heavily influenced by classic rock, as well as the modern alternative acts like Nirvana that were fading away or in some cases literally dying off.  After seeing these two acts about 5-10 years after the rise of their careers it was still evident why they have been so successful.  Both bands sounded tight, didn’t miss a beat on any of their tunes, and played to the crowd in a manor that showcased that both bands still love creating and playing music.  I got to hear some songs that night that took me back to Saturday evenings in the summer, sitting on a porch with my friends, underage drinking, and a listening a small bombbox radio that rotated between us jamming KSHE95 and 1057 The Point.  Photographing this show was a great experience, if you attended let me know what you thought as well!


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