Concert Review 8-5

The Enid Event Center was once again host to a stellar concert event on Tuesday night.  Anyone starting to notice that this seems to be a repeating pattern?

After sellout forays into country with Darius Rucker and country music legend Reba, the gurus at Global Spectrum decided it was finally time to test the waters with some rock and pop.  Enter Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, and Plain White T’s.  I do not think Global Spectrum can be too disappointed.  The concert pulled people from various cities and even out-of-state.  In the end, they only fell just over 300 seats shy of a sellout after last day sales.  Crowd chatter should bode well for the Event Center because it seemed everywhere I turned all night, someone was asking someone else if they had their 3 Doors Down tickets yet.

Plain White T’s

The Plain White T’s were up first, as the opening act.  Quite frankly, I was just as excited to see them as anyone else on the bill.  They are a band that occasionally gets air play and has had some hits with “Rhythm of Love,” “1,2,3,4” and their #1 hit, “Hey There Delilah.”  The T’s were very engaging with the audience and seemed happy to be playing to the sparse, early crowd.  They acknowledge the fans that obviously knew them and their stuff.  The T’s played the aforementioned hits and one of my personal favorites “The Giving Tree,” off the EP “Should’ve Gone to Bed.”  I suspect the T’s won some new fans in Enid that likely had never heard them or knew who they were. Some people will call it chick music, but quite frankly if you listen to good music and good vocals, it should not matter.  The T’s are good.  Period.  They were very good in Enid.

 

Daughtry

I suspect I was like many in the crowd.  I was more excited to see Daughtry than the headliner, Goo Goo Dolls.  I’ve enjoyed Chris Daughtry all the way back to his days on “American Idol.”  I won’t go on a huge tangent, but the biggest break in his career was the fact that he did NOT win that competition.

The crowd was a late arriving crowd, but they were certainly there by the time Daughtry walked out.  The Event Center roof nearly raised when they began playing.  Daughtry played a great mix of their years and new stuff.  The one thing that threw me off, was at one point I turned to my wife because…I had to confirm I was hearing what I was hearing.  It sounded awful.  Chris Daughtry was either singing the song in an entirely different manner than it was originally recorded or he was completely off.  I will say that his entire set seemed to have sound issues.  From microphone feedback during songs (multiple, multiple songs) to Chris himself walking over to the sound guys and asking them to fix something.

At some point, they did seem to get it on track and things sounded a bit better.  “Home” of course was a huge crowd favorite.

Overall, Daughtry was still very good despite a few technical difficulties.  Or what I’m hoping were technical difficulties.  Kind of an up and down performance.  Daughtry was energetic and loved the crowd.  Chris loved to come to the sides and engage with the fans.  The band was constantly tossing their guitar picks out to the crowd as souvenirs, which was a nice touch.

 

Goo Goo Dolls

After an over 30 minutes intermission from Daughtry, including vacuuming the stage (was I the only one who saw that?), John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, the main members of Goo Goo Dolls took the stage to the delight of the crowd.  They launched into their classics, carefully intermingling newer stuff and lesser known songs.  On the songs like “Iris,” and “Slide” you could hear the crowd singing with Rzeznik.  The Dolls sounded good.  Takac was slaying it on bass, but probably not so much on vocals.

John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls wearing his "Enid" shirt.

John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls wearing his “Enid” shirt. (photo courtesy of Kristi Matal)

I think if I had to pick one issue with the Dolls performance was that it seemed canned.  They’ve done it a million times.  Which is probably why it sounded decent.  Rzeznik was not nearly as engaging as any of the previous leads.  He rarely engaged the audience except once during the encore.  It was then, he tore off the tape on his microphone telling him what town he was in and placed it on his shirt, so he could have an “Enid shirt.”

I do wonder how many people were there to do see the Goo Goo Dolls.  We were one of the first out the building after they finished and the parking lot was already surprisingly empty.  I had noticed some people leaving after Daughtry played.  Interesting.  Maybe Enid just wants to ROCK.

 

Overall Experience

The overall experience was great.  Well, except for the drunk guy who kept dancing down the aisle and pretending he knew everyone.  He was a buzz kill.  Drink beer and have fun, but this guy sat down the entire Goo Goo Dolls performance ready to hurl.  Lesson learned?  Doubt it, sadly.  Good times.  Saw many people having a great time however.  On the whole, the music was great and the experience was fantastic.  Great job by the Enid Event Center.  Let’s hope they can continue to bring great talent to Enid.  Provided that Enid supports it, I do not think it will be a problem.  And speaking of Enid supporting it.  Here you go:  (Might click on it and see if you can find someone you know!)

Nobody Would Come