Photos: Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips on the Peoria Riverfront

The Goo Goo Dolls brought their Long Way Home Tour to the Peoria Riverfront Thursday night. Opening for the authors of "Slide" and "Iris" was former American idol star, Phillip Phillips.

 Phillip Phillips on the Peoria Riverfront (© Mike Rundle)

Phillip Phillips on the Peoria Riverfront (© Mike Rundle)

 John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

The show was an impressive display of talent, from start to finish. While Phillips' set was pretty mellow, he and his band still did a fantastic job, from radio hits to the new tracks. Particularly memorable was the guitarist, Jonathan Asperil (s/o to Andreina Romero for helping with the name). His talent with Phillips' vocals was a match made in heaven. 

 Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

For the Goos, their set was at another level of entertainment, helped out by impressive staging and showmanship. The bassist for the Goos, Robby Takac, wore me out just watching; I don't think he stopped running around the stage for more than a minute at a time. Towards the end of the set, the crowd seemed to waver a bit, but thanks to some flashy pyrotechnics, their performance concluded with a (literal) bang. With Takac's crowd interaction, Rzeznik's playful stories, and the bands mastery of the instrumentals, the show was a first-rate experience. 

 Korel Tunador of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

Korel Tunador of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

 Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls (© Mike Rundle)

Mike Rundle