Goo Goo Dolls / Photo by Fally Afani

Pre-pandemic, we can recall Goo Goo Dolls making it to Kansas City just about every year. Now, after a couple of years off from the pandemic, the band made an enthusiastic return on Monday night, this time to the Starlight.

Between remarks about the unbearably hot weather, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik complimented the crowd’s energy and provided endless sing-a-long opportunities. For the long-time fans, the band dug into some deep cuts, including the ultra early 90’s alternative pop punk number “Lucky Star,” which features bassist Robby Takac (the band’s original vocalist) on the mic (“Lucky Star” gives BIG Letters to Cleo energy worthy of an appearance on any 90’s teen movie soundtrack).

Goo Goo Dolls / Photo by Fally Afani

Rzeznik went solo for “Sympathy” and “Name,” where the band eventually joined him onstage for the second half of the song. On the heels of new release Chaos in Bloom, the band dug into some newer songs (which sees a return to their garage rock roots), opening with “Yeah, I Like You” before turning to “War” mid-set. But for the most part, the band stays true to their fans, reaching into a wide-range of their decades-long discography while appealing to fans from every step of the journey.

Blue October / Photo by Fally Afani

Texas-based Blue October opened the show. Like their tour-mates, the band also sports several hits spanning several decades, and fans were quick to jump up in the aisles and dance.


Photos from the night below:



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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