The Goo Goo Dolls + Matchbox Twenty at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas
Hot. One word to describe the atmosphere of the Gexa Energy Pavilion last night in Dallas. Before Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls, Kate Earl was the first to take the stage. She crooned soulfully to melodies reminiscent of Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse, and tried to beat the heat. Yesterday's high temperature recorded in Dallas was 104 degrees at 5:45. Earl took the stage just a short two hours later.
Under the stage lighting and pavilion I would imagine it was sweltering. I was seated high on the lawn behind section 203 in the blissful open air battling my summer cold with my package of Kleenex in hand. Earl featured such songs as "One Woman Army" and "Wicked Love."
A quick set change, and the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage. In addition to their many hits, they featured newer releases, like "Give a Little Bit" and "Rebel Beat." They were fantastic, and really interactive with the crowd. While they noted the hot Dallas weather as well, it was a special moment when Johnny Rzeznik even noticed a young man spontaneously proposing to his girlfriend in the audience.
Then about 9:30, Matchbox Twenty kicked it up a notch. They played their hits, and warmed up the crowd. Seated where I was on the lawn, I was able to appreciate the visual design of their lighting in addition to their sound. The band was tight. I was impressed, and Rob Thomas was fantastic interacting with the crowd, at one point remarking, "It's hotter than hell, but you know what makes it better? Beer. We're here to celebrate life together."
It was a hot night. The heat index in Dallas was still at 101 degrees as we drove away. Towards the end of the show, I managed to get one video recorded before my phone battery dropped to 1%.