Goo Goo Dolls – White River Amphitheater – Auburn WA : June 7th 2019

Catching up on my posts as this show was a week ago tonight.

I do like the Goo Goo Dolls music, but they were opening for Train, which I really don’t like their music much so was up in the air as far as whether I would go to the show or not…even if I had VIP, but really glad I did. The VIP “experience” was not near the quality and value of almost every VIP event I had ever attended in the past. They did not provide parking…well they did allow us to park free in the GA lot, but the GA lot was free to everyone, so thanks for nothing on that. When we finally got in we were ushered to a makeshift tent next to a food truck cranking obnoxious country music, so not even any Goo Goo Dolls music to get us in the mood. And it seemed that the bar was a last minute plan as it was hardly set-up when we arrived and we were not able to purchase anything as the bar tender did not have any cash for change or a credit card machine…so there was about a 20 minute delay before I could buy my $13 beer. Then we were supposed to be able to get in early enough to do “crowd free” shopping at the merch tent, but they changed the GA gate time and the merch people were not ready, so no early shopping either… as far as snacks, they were pretty decent and there was plenty for the 25 or so people in the Meet and Greet experience. We were finally able to go and meet the guys and that was a very good experience. They were very friendly and made sure everyone was personally greeted.

Once we got through the M&G we were able to go to our seats and I had a very good seat 4 rows from the stage on the aisle in center, and the people in the 6-8 seats around me must of only wanted to see Train as the seats were empty for almost the entire Goo Goo Dolls set.. They played a great set and sounded incredible…just like they do on their albums.

In summary, the band was awesome, but the extra money I paid for the VIP experience was not worth it.

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