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Most of us know the Goo Goo Dolls for their massive pop hits such as Name and Iris. The latter was on the soundtrack of the 1998 Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan romance City of Angels.

The band - lead singer/song-writer/guitarist John Rezeznik, bassist/vocalist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin - have had sweet highs for sure!

But this band is not an overnight success. Since forming in 1985 in Buffalo, NY, this year marks 25 years as a band.

The band will make a tour stop at the Trade and Convention Centre in Saint John on Feb. 14 in support of its new album Something for the Rest of Us.

I had the opportunity to speak to Takac about the new album. After I was transferred to Takac by his management I immediately told him how much I loved the album.

Even though I can hear classic Goo Goo Dolls in the songs, the album seems more introspective. It sounds like a band looking out at the world... complete with anthemic moments that reminded me of U2.

And it feels a little more sombre than earlier albums.

Takac agreed that the album was more sombre. "With all that is going on in everyday people's lives: bad economy while trying to raise a family, two wars and other negative factors with no end in sight, we are just trying to give a broader perspective on where we are in the world," he says. "We are addressing those themes that are a common thread to us all... all those problems in people's lives that affect everyone."

Throughout all these years the band remains relevant while pop trends come and go. The band is always moving forward.

I saw the band in the late '90s in Ottawa and can't wait to see them again in the Port City this time. The release is one of my favourite driving albums and my favourite songs on the album are the Sweetest Lie, As I Am and the hit Home. Pick up this album as the Dolls are on their "A" game with this release. It's available anywhere.

Check the band out at http://www.googoodolls.com/ To purchase tickets for the show at the Trade and Convention Centre you can pick them up at the Imperial Theatre Box Office or call 674-4100 or 1-800-323-7469. Tickets are very limited so get yours now.

On another note, I want to mention the Saint John Arts Centre presentation of the Carnegie Coffee House with local singer/songwriters on Feb. 10.

This is the first in a series of events. Songwriters include Jen Jewett, Jason Ogden, Laura McNeil and Mike Biggar.

For further info about the event contact the Arts Centre at 633-4870 or check out www.saintjohnartscentre.com.

Jeff's Musical Pick of the week is - Goo Goo Dolls - Something For The Rest of Us

Jeff Liberty has spent two decades in the entertainment business. Visit his blog at http://jlibertyletters.blogspot.com. If you want to suggest someone for his column email him at freedomismusic@aol.com.
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