Coral Sky Amphtheater
West Palm Beach, FL
I got to Coral Sky as the gates opened at 5 and went and bought 3 shirts right away, 2 Goo Goo Dolls and 1 Sugar Ray.The vibe there was really cool, everyone was just milling around, because they didn't open up the seats until 6pm, even though it was raining steadily. So I checked out all the booths...The Graffiti Booth was cool, I got to spray paint a big ol' Depeche Mode Logo up there. So eventually they opened up the seats so I went to find mine. I worked for a local music store for the past year and a half that had a Ticketmaster, so I had gotten my ticket as they went on sale- I was Center, Row 3.
Fastball played a great set, even though most everyone was sitting down. Right before they came on though, a guy who bought tickets when they went on sale from me sat down with his daughter, so I had some friends there, which made it fun. Before Fastball's final song, "Fire Escape," Sugar Ray crashed the stage and congratulated them for a great tour and all, which was really nice. During "Fire Escape," the whole crew ran out with cans of silly string and security tape and covered the band with it! One member of the crew started wheeling an equipment box offstage even! All that really set the mood of the night as being really loose and fun. A ‘Last Night of Tour’ party! So Fastball left the stage, and Sugar Ray's stuff was set up.
Sugar Ray came on and played a totally awesome set, which included "Fly", "Someday", and "Every Morning." They were having a really fun time, bringing 2 audience members on stage and letting them do their thing while the bassline from Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" throbbed in the background. One guy was in his 60's and had the crowd loving it as he jived around stage singing the song. The second guy was just Lame, spouting stupid lines like "Ok girls! Take of your shirts!" and junk like that...forcing Mark McGrath to go over and take the mic from him...Sugar Ray's set ended and the stage was set for Goo Goo Dolls.
When the lights went down the crowd literally EXPLODED in cheers as the band started pounding Dizzy out...It was VERY exhilarating to be up there and so close to the stage...Slide was played 3rd in the set, which is great live. By this time, my throat was raw from singing all of Sugar Ray's set, and so far everything that the Dolls had played, but I didn't care, it wasn't stopping me. Other songs played included "Black Balloon," "Name," "Acoustic #3," "Iris," "Full Forever," "Broadway," "Lazy Eye," "Hate This Place," and some others which I honestly don't remember. Thing I remember most is that I held eye contact ALOT with Robby through the show, which was cool. John and Robby were amazing through the night, running around madly, which was great, gave the crowd a lot of energy. At the end of the show, Robby launched his bass into the screen that had come down, and when John saw it, he did the same with his guitar. Then both of them launched their mic stands through it...Tearing down the set as it was...End of the tour and all...
After show, I went backstage and waited in hopes of getting autographs. I got one from the guy who's playing rhythm guitar for Goo Goo Dolls on tour, who was really a cool guy. He gave me a guitar pick too. I waited until it started pouring heavily, and by the time I got to my car soaking wet, it had stopped!
The show was the best show I've seen in a while, full of energy and 3 bands having a great time and enjoying the music...Can't wait til they come back down to Florida next. I'll definitely be seeing them again!