Fuel was the opening band and they played for about an hour. They played almost all of the songs from their cd, Sunburn. Although most of the crowd didn't know anything more than their radio hit, "Shimmer" , I have seen them before and I thought that they played a good set.
The Goo Goo Dolls came on at about 9:30 p.m. and started playing. Robby played barefoot, as he has in the past at the Buffalo shows that I have seen.
The set list for the evening:
Long Way Down Fallin' Down Close Your Eyes Stop the World String Of Lies Already There Naked Lazy Eye Slide Name Just The Way You Are Lucky Star There You Are Dizzy Fool Forever Another Second Time Around Broadway Flat Top Iris Encore: Eyes Wide Open Personality Girl Right Next To MeBetween "There You Are" and "Dizzy", Johnny introduced Nathan December, and the keyboard player, Dave Schulz, who is from the Buffalo area. Before they played the new songs which were "Slide", "Dizzy", "Fool Forever", and " "Broadway", Robby said that it was important to them that the fans liked the new songs.
Johnny and Robby were both very energetic and appreciative of the crowd's enthusiasm and support. Most of the songs they played were from Superstar Carwash.
The highlight of the night was "Iris", when a small group of string musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra came out and took their places behind Mike. It was a wonderful way to enhance the sound of "Iris". The show ended a little after 11:00 p.m. I thought that it was a good mix of both old and new songs and I look forward to seeing them on tour.