The sound

Vedera and Goo Goo Dolls
7 Flags Event Center, May 18


The 7 Flags Event Center turned out a good crowd on a Tuesday evening, as ’90s nostalgia drew fans of the Goo Goo Dolls to Clive. Opening the show was Kansas City act, Vedera. The four piece created a rich and full sound with lead singer Kristen May providing the firepower with her lush and powerful voice. She plays the sexy girl-next-door role with ease but needs to step out from behind her massive piano more often. The best original song of the set was “Satisfied,” and I enjoyed a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence,” but the song was seemingly lost on the crowd. After a small intermission and some chants of “Johnny, Johnny,” the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage to ecstatic applause. The audience came alive after a couple of tunes, filling in lyrics for frontman John Rzeznik on one of their biggest hits, “Slide,” which was followed by “Dizzy.” The hits continued to roll, and the crowd continued to sing — “Home,” “Black Balloon” and “Let Love In” all caused a frenzy. But it wasn’t until Rzeznik returned for an acoustic number, which led into the bands biggest, hit, “Iris,” when I finally understood the fandom of this band. And why not? Rezenik and bassist Robby Takac have been putting albums out for more than 20 years. It was a nice trip down memory lane as the Goo Goo Dolls brought me back to the ’90s alternative radio of my high school days. CV — Jared Curtis



Vedera at 7 Flags Event Center
Photo by Jared Curtis
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Photo by Darren Tromblay
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Photo by Darren Tromblay
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Photo by Darren Tromblay




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