by Joshua Maloni
When the Goo Goo Dolls, the pride and joy of Western New York music lovers, return to the Buffalo area July 23, they're bringing along a California quintet. San Diego's Switchfoot will open the Darien Lake show, performing songs from the recently released "Hello Hurricane."
Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler says his band relishes the opportunity to share the stage with an act that's very familiar to his group's members.
"We grew up hearing their music on the radio, for years and years," he said in a phone interview. "They're really talented guys and great songwriters. Obviously they've had this incredible success."
Butler's band, likewise, has made a name for itself behind hit songs including "Dare You To Move," "Meant To Live," "Stars" and "Mess of Me."
He said Switchfoot's live show has morphed into a dialogue, of sorts.
"With Switchfoot, it's communication ... these magical moments when, through a song, you're able to talk about things on stage that you wouldn't even talk about with your best friend. You're able to dive into asking the big questions about life and exploring the world together. You have this two-way dialogue happening with the audience, where the audience is singing the songs back at us louder than we're throwing it out there. And it's just this amazing communication that could only happen in that environment"
Switchfoot performed earlier this month in Toronto as part of Wonder Jam. Though that was a Christian music festival, Butler said his band's intention is not so much to preach, but to spark the thought process.
"We just have the goal of writing honest music for thinking people," he said.Switchfoot and the Goo Goo Dolls perform Friday, July 23, at Darien Lake.