Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty play Tampa Aug. 4

August 1, 2013 

Goo Goo Dolls headline the show Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Way back in the 1990s, both the Goo Goo Dolls and Orlando's Matchbox Twenty were considered alternative bands. The Goo Goos actually had one foot in the punk genre.

These days, thanks to long careers and a lot of huge hits, they're both as mainstream as they come. They're actually staples on light-rock and "adult contemporary" radio even though their music hasn't changed all that much over the years.

They'll be together in concert Sunday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

Also on the bill is Kate Earl, a singer-songwriter with a distinctive voice who has been putting out decent albums since 2005.

You may know her from her minor hit "One Woman Army."

Aside from having one of the worst band names ever, the Goo Goo Dolls are known mostly for their breakout hit "Iris," which singer Johnny Rzeznick wrote for the film "City of Angels."

But they've had a pretty impressive string of hits over the years. And "Iris" also sparked a bit of a secondary career in film soundtracks for the band, who also wrote and performed a song for "Transformers."

Matchbox Twenty, who started out on the softer side, hit it big with their first album in 1996, but it was actually another band's hit that made them a household name. Matchbox singer Rob Thomas wrote the massive hit "Smooth" and sang it on the single credited to Carlos Santana.

Details: 7 p.m. Aug. 4, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $32-$111.75. Information: 813-740-2446,

-- Marty Clear

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