Aug. 22, 2002
Some Goo, A Blind Third Eye, and One Young Carlton
By Randy J. Klodz
Just as the dark clouds rolled in, The Gutterflower Tour—headlined
by the Goo Goo Dolls, with the support of acts Third Eye Blind and Vanessa
Carlton—came through Tinley Park’s Tweeter Center on Aug. 22, and brightened
the night’s summer sky.
To start the night off, Vanessa Carlton took the stage with her piano
and played her hit single “A Thousand Miles,” and her new single “Ordinary
Day,” and other songs from her “Be Not Nobody” album. To end her set, the
young Carlton left her piano seat to grab a mic stand and belt out her energetic
version of “Paint it Black,” originally by the Rolling Stones.
Wearing a navy blue T-shirt emblazoned with a skull design, Stephan Jenkins
led his San Francisco-based band Third Eye Blind through an hour-long set
that featured hits “Graduate,” “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Never Let You Go” and
“How’s It Going to Be.” Third Eye Blind also gave fans a sneak peek to their
upcoming, “Crystal Baller” album. “If you give us all of your live energy,
it will show up on our new record,” Jenkins said, before playing new songs
“An Old Friend Coming Over,” “Palm Reader” and “Invisible.”
A crimson curtain hid the Goo Goo Dolls stage set-up and once it raised,
the Goo Goo Dolls—vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik, vocalist and
bassist Robby Takac, drummer Mike Malinin, and touring musicians Greg Suran
and Jason Freese—took center stage, with six gear-shaped light columns
lighting the way.
The Goo Goo Dolls shined through a 90-minute set that showcased portions
from each of their three albums, “A Boy Named Goo,” “Dizzy up the Girl” and
“Gutterflower,” their newest album.
Key songs that were played—and were often interrupted by bras and
other gifts thrown at the stage by smitten female fans—included “Name,”
“Black Balloon,” “Big Machine,” “Iris” and “Long Way Down.” Before beginning
“Sympathy,” Rzeznik said, “This is something you should never ask for.”
The blond-haired Rzeznik became chatty between songs and addressed the
crowd on topics ranging from ex-girlfriends with tattoos to the voting of
politicians. “‘American Idol’ isn’t considered a game show, so the person
with the most votes may not be the winner,” Rzeznik said. “Just like our recent
The shoe-less (he was wearing black socks) and purple and blue-haired
Robby Tacak also took lead vocals on “Smash,” “January Friend,” and “You Never
Know.” Takac also took time to thank his friends that might have been present,
from Metro and Lounge Ax.
“My worst nightmare is that someday I will be flipping channels at 3
a.m., because I can’t sleep,” Rzeznik said before the start of “Name,” “and
I’ll see a commercial for one of those compilation CDs for the 90s and they
will say ‘Remember the mellow sounds of the Goo Goo Dolls?’”
For sure, the “mellow sounds” of the Goo Goo Dolls will be remembered
for years to come. The Gutterflower Tour continues through Sept.14 when it
makes its stop at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Calif.