Basilica Block Party day two, 7/13/13

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Photo by Tony Nelson

Basilica Block Party Day 2
with Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, and Cloud Cult
Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
Saturday, July 13, 2013

The second night of Basilica brought more perfect weather to Minneapolis, and a huge crowd turned out for a nostalgic lineup.

See Also:
Basilica Block Party day one, 7/12/13

Slideshow: Basilica Block Party day one
Slideshow: Basilica Block Party day two

The church stage's crowd extended to the Basilica's steps and into the drink tents by the time Cloud Cult started their set. The most magical part of the set was when the Basilica's bells chimed right in sync with the intro of the melodic "No One Said It Would Be Easy." Was it planned? Maybe. Later, when frontman Craig Minowa began proudly telling us about his son, the crowd aww-ed. For this musical family, it was no surprise that his son wanted to join them onstage "and play the tromp-horn."

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Photos by Tony Nelson

Over at the main stage, Goo Goo Dolls generally gave the crowd what they were waiting for. Starting off the set with a few lesser-known songs made for a bit of a slow start, but once they pulled out "Slide" everyone stopped chatting and actually listened to the music. The set quickly evolved into one power hit after the next. During "Black Balloon" and "Name" the audience loudly sang along right with frontman John Rzeznik. Bassist Robby Takac also took hold of the mic for a few songs, but it was almost impossible to make out the lyrics over increasing chatter.

The group played a new song "Rebel Beat," the first single from their new album, Magnetic, released just last month. The song is reminiscent of the usual Goo Goo Dolls sound, and Rzeznik powered through it with enough enthusiasm and energy that he admitted he "forgot where he was for a moment," after the song. However, his plea for new material wasn't enough when the audience's conversation picked up once more as they became more focused on finishing their Strawberitas in time for the next set.

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The night ended with another hit-filled set list, this time from Matchbox Twenty. MB20 went all-out with their stage production. A huge LED box hanging above Rob Thomas wasn't complete without the drum set with a 20 on it. Similarly, the crowd was not shy to sing along with the lyrics. Thomas certainly brought it too. The bright lights of the stage and Minneapolis skyline sent the crowd into a wave of excitement as the band still sounded like they did 20 years ago, which was perfectly okay.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: I grew up listening to Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls, so being able to hear all the hits live was certainly a wave of nostalgia. Those who have always struggled with seeing the stage or screen at past Basilicas were pleasantly surprised this year as they added an additional screen for the concert-goers not willing to run through the gates the second they open. Although it was helpful for most, it did provide a few unnecessary close-ups. A women in the audience pointed out that it looks like frontman John Rzeznik had some work done; I didn't disagree.

The Crowd: Fellow nostalgia seekers wanting to hear the hits and teenagers drinking liquor out of sunscreen bottles.

Overheard in the Crowd: Women behind me on "Iris": "This isn't what I want to hear, I want to hear the one where people die in the movie!"


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