The thing of it is—if you are going to see Kate Earl, the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 at Ravinia tonight, you may as well “beg, cheat and steal” to get the money or do the necessary to buy a reserved seat. I mean, to get the full effect, you want the music pumping thru your veins, the base pulsating with your heart and those good vibes traveling to your soul, and to do that, you need to see and hear these folks up close and personal. Really, it is a must. I’d say within one hundred feet, or else you are just there to kiss your significant other while you get drunk or high.
These players give you their all. Last night, as they should have been done for the evening, around 10:15 pm, and after Matchbox 20 had cleared the stage, you just knew they were coming back to give you one more bang for your buck—and no real fans left their seats, other than to stand up and dance while they waited for M-20 to return to rock and roll, one more time.
Everybody knows that all spectacles have one thing in common: somebody who can perform like you have never seen before, who can belt out that song, who can make that guitar come alive, who can come up with the right lyrics, who can rally the crowd, who can throw a few TD passes when you are down by 17 in the fourth quarter, who can put that puck in the goal twice when you are down by one with a minute left in the third period, who can make the ball go swoosh from three point land when you are down by two at the buzzer, who can give that speech that sends shivers down your spine and turns the country his way, who is the fat lady—that tells you it is almost over. And, last night, of course, the fat lady at Ravinia was Matchbox 20’s lead vocalist, Rob Thomas, who gives you cheap thrills, again and again:
First (said Thomas), we want to thank Kate Earl for joining us. And, we want to thank our brothers, the Goo Goo Dolls, for agreeing to go on tour with us, and most of all, man, thank you guys for letting us come give you a good time. We have been doing this as the greatest ... in the world and the only reason that we have is that for the last 17 or 18 years you guys have been coming to listen to us play some music, so we appreciate the Hell out of that, thank you. We are going to take it all the way from the very beginning to the very end here. This is for you guys to take it home with you…