If Las Vegas tribute bands haven’t yet tried to make costumed fun out of ’90s nostalgia, it’s maybe because the real ’90s heartthrobs aren’t yet ready to look back.
The Goo Goo Dolls just put out their 10th studio album, “Magnetic.” They’re on tour with Matchbox Twenty, which actually had a No. 1 album with “North,” the band’s first new music in five years.
“We didn’t see a reason to change the formula up, especially if the idea is to pander to pop radio or whatever,” Matchbox’s Kyle Cook noted before the band’s last show here in March.
“We’re not guys in our early 20s anymore.” Trying to capture the attention of the Justin Bieber generation is “almost kind of pointless,” Cook added.
So instead, a lot of that generation’s moms will be at Mandalay Bay Events Center for Goo Goo hits such as “Slide” and “Iris,” and Matchbox favorites such as “3 A.M.” and “So Sad So Lonely.”
Contact reporter Mike Weatherford at mweatherford@
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Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls
8 p.m. Friday
Mandalay Bay Events Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South