I’m an 80’s baby but a 90’s girl, having come of age pretty much through the 1990’s. As a result, 90’s music is pretty much my jam. One of my favorite groups of all time is the Goo Goo Dolls. On Saturday I had the opportunity to see them live for a second time and it was nothing short of amazing.
The first time I saw the Goo Goo Dolls was exactly 10 years ago this summer. Pretty much my entire wedding party reunited as it was a couple of months after my wedding and went together. They played the Myth Nightclub which is (in my opinion) a terrible venue in a suburb of St. Paul. And while I remember having fun, because of the venue it was honestly just ok.
Flash forward 10 years back to the present and I saw they were coming this summer to Mystic Lake Casino and I’ve heard good things about it as a concert venue. I talked to my friend Gina who was with me the first time and we decided, what the heck, let’s take a chance and go. I am so glad we did!
The concert was actually in the outdoor amphitheater at Mystic Lake which was a fun surprise, we didn’t realize that until we got there! I am so glad I dressed to be comfortable either inside or out! It was a beautiful night, no rain, not too hot. Outdoor concerts in the summer are seriously one of my favorite things. When we arrived, there was a small warm up band playing called Tribe Society. They were pretty decent. One thing I loved about them – they had a flute player. I used to play the flute. This guy was seriously rocking out Jethro Tull style, it was pretty fun to watch.
After Tribe Society finished, special guests Collective Soul took the stage. 90’s me was starting to geek out, I have always enjoyed their music as well. My only complaint is that their sound was WAY loud. If I can’t understand lyrics, I think maybe it’s a bit much. Or maybe I’m just an old lady (get off my lawn!). They were still fun even if it was a bit loud. They played one of my favorite songs from back in the day, The World I Know. I think their set lasted around 45 minutes. Then there was a pretty big lull while we waited for the Goos to take the stage, but once they did, it was very much worth the wait. Their sound level was MUCH better and they seriously came to play. There wasn’t much lag time between songs, sometimes they even just flowed from one song into another one. They did talk a little bit, but not too much. They played all my favorites from back in the day and nice collection of their newer stuff. I don’t have their last couple of albums and I will definitely be needing to add them to my collection now! They played one encore after their hour and a half set and then it was time to go. It honestly went so fast, but it was so great.
I was too busy Snapchatting pics and video of the evening so I didn’t get many pictures, but I have stolen this one of me and Gina from her that we took before the show.
There’s nothing better than sipping a beer on a beautiful night and letting the music of my youth take me back a bit to a simpler time. I’m not saying I’d be a teenager again for anything in the world, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with flashing back a little bit for one evening anyway! I would highly recommend the outdoor amphitheater at Mystic Lake as well, I would definitely see another show there! Oh and side note, Gina and I looked up how old lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls John Rzeznik is because he still looks pretty fine and he sounds fantastic. He’s 50. Holy. I hope I look and sound that great at 50!
What music brings you back to your youth? What was the best concert you’ve ever seen? Let’s chat!