August 18th 2023
Kicking off the night was OAR, and they did not disappoint. From the moment the lights dimmed and the first note struck, it was clear that the night was going to be something truly special. Their energy and connection with the audience were palpable from the very first song. Hits like "Shattered" and "Heaven" had the crowd singing along at the top of their lungs, creating a sense of unity and excitement that's only possible at live shows. OAR's ability to blend rock, pop, and a touch of reggae created a dynamic and engaging performance that had everyone on their feet.
OAR at PNC Pavillion at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH, photos by Nikki Forte
Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for—the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage, and the crowd erupted with applause and cheers. From the opening chords of "Broadway," it was clear that their iconic sound had lost none of its power over the years. Lead vocalist Johnny Rzeznik's raspy yet soulful voice carried through the night, effortlessly hitting every note and conveying the emotions of each song.
The band's setlist was a perfect blend of their classic hits and newer material, catering to both longtime fans and those who might be experiencing their music for the first time. Songs like "Iris" and "Name" had the entire audience singing along in unison, creating an incredible sense of connection between the band and the fans.
Goo Goo Dolls at PNC Pavillion at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH, photos by Nikki Forte