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John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls performs at the Bluestem Amphitheater Sunday in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum

Goo Goo Dolls ‘Dizzy Up’ F-M

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Moorhead - The Goo Goo Dolls brought their poppy, alternative rock to Bluestem Amphitheater here Sunday night, and they fed the crowd from the beginning of their 18-plus song set.


Opening with “Dizzy” from their 1998 album “Dizzy Up the Girl” and leading directly into “Big Machine,” frontman John Rzeznik told the crowd, “It’s been a while.”

The last time the group was in the area was 1996, when they played the Fargodome with No Doubt and Bush. On Sunday, rockers Daughtry opened for the Goo Goo Dolls.

Nearly 3,200 fans gathered for the Bluestem’s second-to-last summer show. One fan made a social media wish before she came to the concert.

Katie Wolsky, 31, posted to her Facebook page that she, like every other fan, hoped the Goo Goo Dolls would play their tremendously popular hits “Iris” and “Slide.”

She was also banking on hearing Daughtry’s “Baptized” and “Feels Like Tonight,” which the band delivered with in 10 minutes of taking the stage around 7:15 p.m.

After “Feels Like Tonight,” lead singer and “American Idol” alum Chris Daughtry told the crowd, “This is like playing in a really big living room.”

As the sun set over the amphitheater, the general admission seating areas were packed and only a few reserved seats remained empty. Sure, it could be a giant living room, full of thousands of fans drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon and snapping selfies.

The interactive, chill vibe of the outdoor venue is part of the reason Wolsky, of Fargo, attended two other summer concerts at Bluestem — “it’s a more laid-back atmosphere,” she said.

Although the weather hasn’t cooperated perfectly this season – rain dampened at least four shows and lightning canceled one — attendance at Bluestem events has been “really good,” said Jade Nielsen, head of Jade Presents, who booked the artists.

Sunday night, the skies were clear and the temperature perfectly comfortable for an al fresco concert.

Daughtry finished up their set at twilight and the arena settled into a high-energy buzz that heightened when the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage around 9 p.m.

Wearing plaid flannel and camouflage pants with a knit hat, Rzeznik looked every bit the alt rocker fans remembered from the bands heyday in the ’90s.

“Come to Me” from 2013’s “Magnetic,” “Black Balloon” and “Here is Gone” especially amped the crowd. Fans ranging in age from their 20s to 50s sang along to nearly every song.

The demographic is a change from the band’s last Fargo-Moorhead performance in 1996. That crowd of 12,000 was mostly teenagers, according to Forum archives.

This time though, there was an unusually young fan in attendance. A 7-year-old boy in the front row caught the attention of Rzeznik, who asked the boy what he likes to do for fun.

“I kinda like to go see rock bands,” he replied.

Fargo-Moorhead kinda likes a good rock show, too.

Anna G. Larson
Anna G. Larson is a features reporter with The Forum who writes a weekly column featuring stylish people in Fargo-Moorhead. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and joined The Forum in July 2012. She's a Fargo native who enjoys travel, food, baking, fashion, animals, coffee and all things Midwestern. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @msannagrace 
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