The show will go on at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Thursday night (September 7) as the Goo Goo Dolls will perform as scheduled on the Houston-area stop of their multi-city Long Way Home Summer Tour.
It will be the first concert at outdoor arena in The Woodlands since Hurricane Harvey struck the Houston area.
The Grammy-nominated rock band had considered canceling the concert. But “after reflecting upon the tragic devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey and Mayor Turner’s recent comments that Houston is indeed open for business we have decided to move forward with our show at The Woodlands. We want to do our part to not only gather donations but to also hopefully give people an evening of much needed enjoyment," the band said in a statement.
Concertgoers who bring non-perishable items for the Houston Food Bank will receive a voucher for a $20 ticket to the show that can be redeemed at the box office. Donations will be collected at the north drop-off, in front of the venue, from 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Band members John Rzeznik, Robby Takac, and Mike Malinin, along with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, who is opening the concert, will help collect donations in the parking lot from 5:30-6:30 pm and thank Houstonians for their resilience.
The most-needed items include ready-to-eat vegetable and fruit items in cans with pull tops: protein in pouches or pull-top cans of tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken; peanut butter; snacks like granola bars and breakfast bars; toiletries; paper goods; diapers; and cleaning supplies (mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray).
Also, first responders and their families will be admitted for free (with proof of ID and first responder badges).
All donations, along with 100 percent of the band's merchandise sales for the night, will go to the Houston Food Bank.