Goo Goo Dolls & Blue October 8.14.22
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Words & Photos by BrownFotoBug
“Overcoming life.” That’s what I got from Sunday’s show at Bank of NH Pavilion with Goo Goo Dolls and Blue October. It’s been 2 years since a world wide shut down forced Goo Goo Dolls to postpone their “The Miracle Pill Summer Tour.” However, that time gave the band a chance to write and release their new album, Chaos in Bloom, which just dropped on Aug 12th. Both of their tour names appropriately describe how we’ve all dealt with the “Covid years.”
Blue October Setlist: Coal Makes Diamonds, Oh My My, Say It, Fight For Love, Into the Ocean, Hate Me, Home, This is What I Live For, Daylight, Moving On, I Hope You’re Happy
Between sets is always an interesting time to look around and see the diversity of shows. This one was no exception. From young (8 was the youngest I saw) to a sweet elderly couple in their mid 80s, and every nationality you can imagine. Everyone was genuinely happy to be out and enjoying a live show again! A cancer survivor in row 2 with a gigantic sign that read, “Hey Robby It’s Meagan@Cameo. I kicked cancer 2-C-U AGAIN!!!” Robby of Goo Goo Dolls and the love her family received during the show was beyond amazing!
Goo Goo Dolls Setlist: Yeah I Like You, Slide, Big Machine, Here Is Gone, Black Balloon, Naked, Miracle Pill, Over and Over, Lucky Star, Free of Me, Come to Me, Sympathy, *Personal testimony*, Name (started several times), So Alive, War, Going Crazy, Life’s a Message, Bringing on the Light, Broadway, Better Days, Iris
Encore: Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy, Runnin’ Down a Dream (Tom Petty Cover)
Even though the Bank of NH Pavilion was only 80% full, Goo Goo Dolls and Blue October played to an extremely enthusiastic and grateful crowd. Two years is a long time to wait, but seeing and feeling the energy from the entire venue was worth it.
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