The Goo Goo Dolls summer tour made a pit stop at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, MI on July 2nd, 2014 with Daughtry and Plain White T’s opening the show.

The summer tour season is in full-swing and one of the better packages this year is the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s. Announced by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of Summer 2014’s Hottest Tours, all three bands put on amazing performances to a packed house at the DTE Energy Music Theater during the pre-July 4th area weekend festivities.

All three bands emphasized that this show was one big celebration and that everyone should be partying and having a good time!

Although playing a short set, Plain White T’s got the party started and had the crowd singing along to hits such as 1, 2, 3, 4 (I Love You), Hey There Delilah, and Rhythm of Love. The band is composed of Tom Higgenson (Vocals), Dave Tirio (Guitar), Tim Lopez (Guitar), Mike Retondo (Bass), and De’Mar Hamilton (Drums).

Daughtry, fronted by American Idol alumnus Chris Daughtry, kept the party going with his powerful hour-long rockin’ set. He had the crowd on their feet singing along to hits such as Over You and Home. Daughtry kept lifting up his red Solo cup to toast the crowd and the crowd would eagerly reply with a ‘cheers’ of their own. The band is composed of Chris Daughtry (Vocals, Guitar), Josh Steely (Guitar), Brian Craddock (Guitar), Josh Paul (Bass), and Elvio Fernandes (Keyboard, Guitar).

By the time the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage, the crowd was standing and the excitement flowed throughout the entire venue. The audience cheered, yelled, screamed and waved their arms as the band walked onto the stage. It was impressive as the stage seemed to vibrate from all of the fan noise!

The band wasted no time and broke right into the song Lazy Eye. They played a fun-loving energetic set which easily lasted 90 minutes. There were no gaudy theatrics. Aside from a drum riser, a couple of light towers and a bunch of beach balls being tossed around and making their way onto the stage, the band’s staging was bare-bones. Just a kick-ass rock band playing good-time rock n’ roll  music with a bunch of crazed fans loving every minute of it!

As if the crowd wasn’t crazy enough, they erupted into an even more manic state when Chris Daughtry came out to sing along with them on a song. The Goos cracked a lot of jokes throughout their set making the evening’s atmosphere fun, welcoming, humorous and uplifting.

They ended their set with their smash hit, Iris before returning for a two-song encore which consisted of Sympathy and Broadway.

Founding members John Rzeznik (Vocals, Guitar) and Robby Takac (Bass, Vocals) have been playing under the Goo Goo Dolls moniker since 1986 and, even with the recent departure of long-time drummer Mike Malinin, appear to have no plans of slowing down.

Our photographer, Thom Seling, was on hand to catch the party in action. Here are his images from that night.

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About The Author

Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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