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Goo Goo Dolls are timeless creatures. I arrived for the show fifteen minutes before the band’s stage time, and the venue was absolutely rammed full of a diversity of people – young, old, student, retired, couples wrapped around each other. The band exploded onto the stage and stormed through renditions of fan-favourites ‘Slide’ and ‘Big Machine’ before stopping for some well-received American banter. The set was full of old gems, as well as a couple of Radio 2 A-list tracks from the new album. Indeed, Goo Goo Dolls are still kings of the modern alternative-rock ballad.

As the night drew towards its close, frontman John Rzeznik, modelling an electro-acoustic guitar, played a couple of chords and, with a grin, paused and said into the microphone: “Well, we’ve gotta play this one”. I’m sure you can guess which tune followed, and the crowd lapped it up. The show finished with a two-song encore, the final track being the beautiful ‘Broadway’. An amazing set from a band who really do deserve their ongoing success.
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