Smash Mouth Ignites Nostalgia at Ruby Amphitheater in Morgantown, WV

Author: Travis Hayward

On a warm summer night, under a star-studded sky, the Ruby Amphitheater in Morgantown, West Virginia, became a time machine transporting the audience back to the late 90s with a delightful and nostalgia-fueled concert by none other than Smash Mouth. The August 25th performance was a highlight of the Ruby Summer Concert Series, an annual event known for its stunning location along the Monongahela River.

The amphitheater, designed for 1,600, was packed as nearly 5,000 fans filled every available space. The standing-room-only event showcased the enduring popularity of Smash Mouth and its iconic hits.

Zach Goode, the current lead singer, showcased his energy and charisma, effortlessly taking the reins from Steve Harwell. From the opening chords of “Can’t Get Enough of You, Baby,” the audience was in euphoric harmony. The chemistry between the band members was palpable. Michael Klooster’s keyboard melodies, Randy Cooke’s drum solos, Sean Hurwitz’s guitar riffs, and Paul De Lisle’s basslines took everyone back to the golden era of alternative rock.

De Lisle, the only founding member still with the band, took over lead vocals for “Come On, Come On,” creating a sense of intimacy. His interactions made the concert feel like a reunion of old friends. The synergy peaked during “I’m a Believer,” with green lighting and clips from the hit 2001 animated film Shrek playing in the background. The energy remained high, with the echoes of “Walkin’ on the Sun” lingering even as the concert drew close. They concluded with their signature hit, “All-Star,” known for its features in films like Mystery Men, Rat Race, and Shrek.

The Ruby Amphitheater, with its backdrop of the Monongahela River, was the perfect setting for this nostalgic journey. Smash Mouth’s performance celebrated an era that resonates with fans of all ages. The applause and cheers as the night ended were a testament to the magic that Smash Mouth brought to the Ruby Amphitheater. Their ability to bridge generations and transport the audience back to a simpler time showcases the enduring power of their music.

Were you part of this unforgettable night? Share your memories and experiences with us in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out our upcoming reviews for more nostalgic trips and pop culture insights.

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