Goo Goo Dolls w/ Crash Parallel
Grand Falls – Windsor, NL
A stormy winter Wednesday night was the setting for the Goo Goo Dolls first ever show in Grand Falls – Windsor. Despite the storm and it being a Mid-Week show fans of all ages turned up for the event and enjoyed an evening of Rock n Roll.
Opening act Crash Parallel are currently promoting their newly released sophomore disc SUNSET IN REVERSE. Crash Parallel are no strangers to NL or to Grand Falls-Windsor as they have performed at the summer festival a couple years back. Despite the relatively short opening slot they rocked their way through songs from both of their albums to great applause. Singer Tim Edwards was energetic and interacting with the audience while Dan and Gary (guitar and bass) preferred to let the music speak for itself. They did however make their presence known and took to the front of the stage for solos and instrumental sections. The entire band was tight and made no noticeable mistakes. They put on a fine set of Rock and Roll music which got the crowd worked up for the Goo Goo Dolls.
The Goo Goo Dolls hit the stage much to the pleasure of the nearly sold out crowd. Johnny and Rob took command of the stage instantly and the crowd loved it. An excellent of old and new tunes were played. Only being familiar with tunes like “Name” and “Iris” (or so I thought) I was quite surprised at how many I actually was familiar with. These guys have allot of really good songs in their catalog. They blasted their way through the songs and appeared to be really enjoying themselves. They were interacting with the crowd throughout the show and Johnny commented on one fan’s shirt saying that it was a really old one and something along the lines that there were people there that weren’t even born when the shirt was made. Bassist Rob took to the mic for a few songs and thanked everyone for braving the storm outside to come and see them. He also said they were from Buffalo and get snow but “Man, you guys get snow, man”.
Apart from main men Johnny and Rob the other musicians were also on top of their game. The other guitarist tended to stand in the background and let Johnny and Rob have the stage to themselves. He did come to the front a few times for a brief solo.
With any luck both bands will return in the future when they tour to support another release. Both bands put on fine shows and played some great Rock and Roll and the crowd really enjoyed it.