Sunday evening I headed over to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago to catch Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s. When I first learned of this trifecta concert lineup, I was very excited. I had seen Goo Goo Dolls earlier this year at Chicago’s Park West and many other times over the years. However, I had never had the pleasure of seeing Daughtry or Plain White T’s perform live. How I managed to miss former American Idol contestant, Daughtry during his rise to fame over the last few years is a complete mystery to me and a great oversight. My bad, Daughtry. Please forgive me! It has been my sincere loss, especially since I have been a fan for so long. As for Plain White T’s, I can only say that I was not as acquainted with their impressive body of work. All that said, Sunday night’s show was phenomenal! I was seated just 20 rows from center stage (YAY!)
Northerly Island is part of the former Meigs Field airport which was converted in 2005 into yet another beautiful patch of Chicago’s lakefront which includes FirstMerit Bank Pavilion as well as 12th Street Beach. It is a fantastic, fairly intimate, outdoor concert venue. It is situated on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, nestled sweetly between Lake Michigan proper and Burnham harbor in the shadows of Soldier Field and Museum Campus which includes The Shedd Aquarium, The Adler Planetarium and The Field Museum. Simply stunning venue! I caught a Goo Goo Dolls show there a couple of years ago and it, too, was great. I have also seen Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon together there. I have the supreme luck of living in this neighborhood called The South Loop and so, I was able to walk to the venue. Score!
If you have an opportunity to catch one of the remaining summer concerts at Northerly Island this year or next year, I highly recommend that you do. If possible, given the incredible location, plan to make a day of it and visit Museum Campus or simply stroll or picnic along the lakefront and Burnham Harbor. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to spend a full day enjoying Chicago’s lakefront!
Plain White T’s opened the show with a 45-minute performance including their well known “Hey there Delilah,” “Giving Tree,” “Rhythm of Love” and “Should’ve Gone to Bed.” I have to say that I am a new fan 🙂 And, did I mention that The Plain White T’s are from Chicago? News to me. Guess I am late to that party.
Daughtry gave an electric and colorful 1-hour performance as well. I have to say Chris Daughtry’s voice is just as chilling and rich live as it is on the radio. Although, I am not surprised since I watched him compete on live television during American Idol and I was as shocked as the rest of the nation when he was voted off the show (Boo!). Also, Daughtry’s staging was incredible. He is touring while promoting his new album, “Baptized.” He performed many well-known songs in addition to songs off the new album, including “It’s Not Over,” “Waiting For Superman” and “Battleships.” Well done, sir! The crowd loved him.
And, last but not least, Goo Goo Dolls gave another AMAZING performance. I have been listening to these guys since they started out as a punk band out of Buffalo, N.Y. and I am consistently blown away by their commitment, passion and humble attitude toward their music and their ever-growing legion of fans…of all ages. The Goos played for 1 1/2 hrs. They graced the audience with old favorites such as “Iris” and “Name, which Johnny Rzeznik reminded us is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. Holy Crap! Not possible, in my mind. It is always thrilling to watch a band whose members (my age) are still going strong as a real touring band and loving it! They are continuing to promote their new album, MAGNETIC which I love. They also included “Rebel Beat,” “Sympathy,” “Better Days” and “I’ll Stay With You.” Shame on the folks who were trying to beat the traffic and missed their 3 encores while exiting the venue. You all missed out!
Yeah, I went to this concert, solo. I go to as many concerts solo as I do with friends. But, no one was available to join me on this particular Sunday night and I was NOT about to miss out on this lineup. It was a stellar evening filled with awesome music, fun, like-minded people with whom I chatted in a beautiful venue under a full moon. There were not any stars in the Chicago sky upon which to gaze that night but there were more than ample stars on the stage!!!
If you’re in Chicago in the summer, head over to Northerly Island for a show.
ROAM. REVEL. REPEAT.