When you think of the ‘90s era in terms of radio and MTV airplay, two specific songs stand out as unforgettable staples of the decade. The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” and Matchbox Twenty’s “3 AM” were both listed in VH1’s “Top 50 Songs of the ‘90s,” and the tunes are so universal that nearly anyone can sing along to the well-known choruses. This summer, fans have a chance to hear these popular tracks—along with dozens of other hits from the two bands—when the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty team up for a co-headlining North American tour.
For those not inclined to attend massive multi-day events like June’s Bonnaroo and Firefly Music Fest, August’s Lollapalooza, or November’s Voodoo, these types of concerts are the way to go. Beginning on June 25, the two iconic groups will kick off the two-month summer venture at the Manchester, N.H., Verizon Wireless Arena. The tour will continue onto dozens of venues across the U.S., with many stops at outdoor amphitheaters that are ideal for summer concerts. At venues like the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (July 30), Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (Aug. 8), and the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Aug. 17), fans of these alt-rockers will be able to grab reserved seats in the open air pavilions, or bring a blanket for lounging in the general admission lawn areas.
Along the way, the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty will also perform three shows at the Highland Park, Ill., Ravinia Festival from July 2-4, and they’ll co-headline a stint at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on July 21. Be sure to check the full list of upcoming performances to see these musicians in a city near you.
Matchbox Twenty released “North,” its fourth studio album—and first in 10 years—in Sept. 2012. The record peaked at No. 1 in both Australia and the U.S., and the first single, “She’s So Mean,” reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. For the Goo Goo Dolls, the band’s 10th studio release, “Magnetic,” dropped on June 11.