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There's a certain amount of pride that every person takes in their hometown. For me, my 30-second elevator speech always includes the greatest things to come out of Buffalo: chicken wings, air conditioning, and the Goo Goo Dolls. So when I heard that Buffalo's own would be playing at the intimate MLB Fan Cave, I jumped at the opportunity to see them again.

The first thing I noticed when I walked in (proudly donning my Buffalo t-shirt, I should note) was the familiar oversized guitar rack used by the Goo Goo Dolls. At a quick count, I got 23 guitars (that's a 3:1 guitar to songs played ratio)...and that was only on the left side of the stage. After a quick intro from one of the superfan Cave Dwellers, Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, Mike Malinin, and company took the stage to start. The night started with their 1998 hit "Slide," which quickly showed the fans that they were here to rock.

The band then moved into some of the songs on their upcoming album Magnetic--starting with the already-released "Rebel Beat." They kept the party going with "When The World Breaks Your Heart", "Keep The Car Running", and "Come To Me". The night finished with more blockbuster hits from the 90's, "Iris" and "Broadway". "Broadway" was particularly fitting, considering that the Fan Cave sits on Broadway and 4th Street. Of course, any true Goo Goo Dolls fan (or Buffalonian) knows that the song is actually written about the Broadway in Buffalo, but I digress.

With their latest album Magnetic (and even 2010's Something For The Rest Of Us), the Goo Goo Dolls are out to show that they're not just a band who had a couple of hits in the 1990's. Magnetic will be the band's 10th studio album, and likely the 6th to chart. Their songs are constantly evolving from the metal-punk garage band playing the underground circuit in Buffalo (this, of course, before the alternative rock anthems that got them national attention) to a showcase of songwriting and maturity. Special thanks to the MLB Fan Cave for hosting the show, and to New Era for sponsoring.

--Recap written by Phil Frandina
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