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Goo Goo Dolls
Verizon Wireless Music Center
Indianapolis, IN
07/08/2006
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The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on tour promoting their latest release, “Let Love In,” Johnny Rzeznik and company took the stage before an adoring and predominantly twenty-something crowd at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Noblesville, Indiana. Opening with ‘Stay With You’ & ‘Slide,’ The Goo Goo Dolls played amongst thirty video screens which framed the back drop of the ‘easy-to-look-at’ face of a woman which adorns the cover of “Let Love In.” Johnny Rzeznik, (lead vocals/guitar) asks “How’s Everybody on the Lawn?…I Love You!” The band’s older stuff were fan favs… ‘Name’ and ‘Iris’ were their hits in the 90’s and remain strong live performances a decade later. Without question, The Goo Goo Dolls have a somewhat patented 3.5 minute formula and their new material stays true to form. Mid-set, Rzeznik asked the audience to give themselves a hand for helping out with Harvest/USA, a tailgating food drive throughout this tour. “Feel free to clap for yourself…it feels good!” Harvest/USA has collected approximately 200-300,000 cans of food thus far.

Originally founded in Buffalo, New York in 1985 by guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik, the band was originally known as the "Sex Maggots.” The band changed their name to the Goo Goo Dolls which was plucked from an ad in a True Detective magazine and herein lies the power of a great name of a band. Signed by Metal Blade Records, they released their self-titled debut album in 1987. Wide commercial success didn’t follow until the release of “A Boy Named Goo” in 1995 with the smash single Name which blanketed radio stations across the United States. Mainstream success brought about a long legal battle with Metal Blade Records over royalties, and in turn, the band simply bumped up to parent company, Warner Brothers. In 1998, ‘Iris’ was included the City of Angels soundtrack and The Goos became a household name….the song remained number one on the charts for 18 weeks and was nominated for three Grammys.

With their latest release, “Let Love In”, the Goo Goo Dolls remain consistent and mainstream radio continues to keep them in heavy rotation. The first single, ‘Better Days’ was adopted by CNN as an anthem of sorts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


The Band

Johnny Rzeznik - Vocals, guitar
Robby Takac - Vocals, bass
Mike Malinin – Drums

The Set List

Stay With You
Slide
Feel The Silence
Black Balloon
Smash
Tucked Away
We’ll Be Here
Iris
Listen
Name
Broadway
January Friend
Better Days
Let Love In
Become
Without You Here

Discography

Goo Goo Dolls - 1987
Jed - 1989
Hold Me Up - 1990
Superstar Car Wash - 1993
A Boy Named Goo - 1995
Dizzy Up the Girl - 1998
What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce - 2001
Gutterflower - 2002
Live in Buffalo: July 4th 2004 - 2004
Let Love In - 2006

The Tour

07/09/06 Milwaukee, WI
07/11/06 Cleveland, OH
07/12/06 Cincinnati, OH
07/14/06 Columbus, OH
07/15/06 Burgettstown, PA
07/21/06 Clarkston, MI
07/22/06 Darien Center, NY
07/24/06 Toronto, ON
07/26/06 Holmdel, NJ
07/28/06 Hershey, PA
07/29/06 Mansfield, MA
07/31/06 Uncasville, CT
08/01/06 Gilford, NH
08/03/06 Wantagh, NY
08/04/06 Wantagh, NY
08/06/06 Atlantic City, NJ
08/07/06 Saratoga Springs, NY
08/09/06 Bethel, NY
08/11/06 Scranton, PA
08/18/06 Tinley Park, IL
08/19/06 Springfield, IL
08/21/06 Antioch, TN
08/23/06 Raleigh, NC
08/25/06 Camden, NJ
08/26/06 Bristow, VA
08/28/06 Virginia Beach, VA
08/29/06 Charlotte, NC
08/31/06 West Palm Beach, FL
09/01/06 Tampa, FL
09/03/06 Atlanta, GA
09/05/06 Pelham, AL
09/07/06 The Woodlands, TX
09/08/06 Selma, TX


By
Gwyn Tyme
Source: http://www.musicpix.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=463
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