Digital Journal – Review: Goo Goo Dolls rocks the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island

By Mark Papadatos


On August 13, Grammy-nominated pop-rock group Goo Goo Dolls headlined the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, for their “Long Way Home” summer tour.

Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips (and American Idol Season 11 winner) served as their opening act, and he delivered a killer live set, thus getting the fans excited for the Goo Goo Dolls.


They kicked off their set with “Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy,” which ironically enough is the opening track on their latest EP, released on Warner Bros. Records. They immediately broke into “Home” and such infectious classics as the upbeat “Slide,” and “Big Machine,” where everybody in the crowd was singing along.


After “So Alive,” they took their fans on a trip down memory lane to 1999 with “Black Balloon,” which was sheer perfection. Johnny Rzeznik’s voice is still smooth as silk. It was great to hear bassist and co-founder Robby Takac sing lead on “Lucky Star,” and give a well-deserved break to Rzeznik. Takac subsequently showed his soft side on the liberating tune “Free of Me.”


Other fan-favorite songs of the evening included the upbeat “Come to Me,” the mid-tempo “Better Days” as well as their smash singles “Name” and the youthful “Broadway.”


After “Long Way Home,” they closed with their signature ballad, “Iris,” which felt like the national anthem of the night, earning the band a huge standing ovation.


For their encore, the Goo Goo Dolls for one final performance of “Boxes,” which had a fun, summer vibe to it, especially with the beach balls bouncing around the venue.


The Verdict


Overall, Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac rocked at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh. They deliver at every show that they headline in New York. This is a band that belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their classic hits have molded the 90’s musical decade. Well done guys.

Goo Goo Dolls Rocks the Jones Beach Theater

Billboard – Goo Goo Dolls Get Political at New York Show: ‘We Are Living in Interesting Times’

by Katy Kroll 

The Goo Goo Dolls perform at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 13, 2017 in Wantagh, N.Y. 

“This is our song tonight,” Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik told the crowd before playing “Better Days” at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., on Aug. 13. With the lyrics “I wish everyone was loved tonight, and somehow stop this endless fight … ’cause tonight’s the night the world begins again,” it was one of two nods during the 90-minute-plus set to the events that unfolded in Charlottesville, N.C., over the weekend.

The other came before “Flat Top,” which references a cultural “war between the cynics and the saints” where “sleeping on the White House lawn never changed a thing.”

“We are living in interesting times, people,” said Rzeznik before playing the track, which is from the 1995 double-platinum-selling album that put the alternative rock band on the map, A Boy Named Goo. “All of the sudden these lyrics are relevant again, with all the strange situations going on in this world — you know what I’m talking about. But whatever side you’re on, I don’t give a f–k.”

There’s nothing like a good dose of nostalgia to take your mind off things, and the trip down memory lane certainly didn’t stop there. The band easily appeased the audience with their biggest hits, including Dizzy Up the Girl classics “Slide,” “Black Balloon” and “Broadway,” as a headband-wearing Rzeznik coolly chewed gum while strumming his guitar. Before busting out their breakthrough hit, 1995’s “Name,” the self-deprecating singer waxed nostalgic for his own version of the ’90s — pre-pop stardom: “We used to travel in a van to hipster bars before there were [so many] hipsters. We were indie rock darlings, and then we wrote this song and f–ked it up and became bitter — and nobody likes that s–t.”

But of course the song many fans were waiting for was “Iris,” the ubiquitous, career-defining 1998 hit that haunts — and maybe even taunts — the band. Saved for the end of the set (but surprisingly not the encore, which came in the form of the title track of their 2016 album Boxes), it seemed like a little dark cloud looming over Rzeznik’s head, when midway through the show he pointed out that people were leaving to take a “piss break” every time the band played a new song.

“You all think, ‘We can take a piss, get a beer and be back in time to here them play “Iris” and then get the f–k out of here,’” he half-jokingly griped before performing “Use Me,” the lead single from their recently released EP — ironically titled You Should Be Happy — before advising, “Reconsider your piss break. This song could change your life.” 

Other pockets of downtime came when bassist Robby Takac took over the mic for four songs, including the only two pre-Goo tracks in the set, “Lucky Star” and “Already There.” There’s no shame in letting another band member take the spotlight for a minute, but the transition from Rzeznik’s laid-back self-confidence to Takac’s bare-footed ball-of-energy attitude was bumpy at best.

And just as Rzeznik predicted, as soon as he strummed the last note of “Iris,” many in the crowd made a beeline for the doors — which makes you wonder a little why they didn’t hold the song for the encore.

Goo Goo Dolls Get Political at New York Show



Buffalo’s own “Goo Goo Dolls” took the stage for the ninth time Saturday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center as the venue celebrates its 25th season.

“American Idol” season 11 winner Phillip Phillips opened for the band.

Lead Singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, both natives of Buffalo, loved performing in front of their hometown fans.

They kicked off their set with “Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy,” followed by “Home,” “Slide,” and “Big Machine.”

Fans were ecstatic and on their feet as the band played 21 of their hits before returning for their encore, “Boxes.”

Click link for photo set: Gaga for Goo Goo 

Augusta Free Press – Crystal Graham: How the Goo Goo Dolls changed my life

“There’s a moment you’ve been waiting all your live for
When you feel you’ve found a meaning you could die for
And it happens when you seem to least expect it
All at once you come alive and feel connected …”
– “If The World Turned Upside Down” by the Goo Goo Dolls

Three years ago, I went to a concert that in many ways changed my life. It wasn’t about our brush with fame, a single song, our second row seats, or even the guitar picks that I caught in the moment, but it was the start of something that feeds my soul. And the concert, no, maybe the connection, ignited something embedded deep within me on a steamy August night in Harrisonburg.

This journey started innocently enough. American Idol star Chris Daughtry was coming to the local fair, and as huge fans, my husband and I got tickets to the show from his fan club. He was performing with the Goo Goo Dolls.

The venue organizer heard I was a fan and greeted me at the fair on his go-cart with backstage passes – but not to meet Daughtry. Instead, our passes were to meet the Goo Goo Dolls. For anyone who has ever taken part in a meet and greet, you know it’s pretty rushed and there’s no real opportunity to meet the stars, but we stood in line, got our photos and then found our seats and settled in for a night of great music.
While my reason for going to the concert was all about Daughtry and he did not disappoint, the Goo Goo Dolls found a forever fan in me. 

Turns out, I knew a lot more of their songs than I thought, and I found myself falling in love with their live performance. “Broadway” and “Iris” remain two of my favorite songs.
As someone who probably posts a little too much on Facebook, I, of course, came home and followed my new music idols.

Shortly after their concert, I heard on social media that guitarist John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls was taking part in a walk to stop suicide. 

And that’s where life took a major turn for me. It was the day a couple of musicians connected me with an organization that plays a major role in every day of my life now.

A walk to fight suicide? How had I not heard of this before? My identical twin sister died by suicide when I was 15. For years, I had been trying to find my voice and find a place where I could somehow help save lives. I couldn’t save Tina, but I thought for sure there might be a way to help others who were struggling. And so I turned to Google to connect me with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and an Out of the Darkness Walk.

It turns out, I wasn’t the only one in my community looking to speak out and do something to prevent suicide. Stuarts Draft resident Kim Sours’ daughter, Keri, had also died by suicide. And Kim had just signed up to lead an Out of the Darkness Walk in Staunton, only about 15 miles from where I lived. And so, I jumped in and never looked back.

I helped in areas I know best – marketing and PR – after all, I had run a local PR firm for more than a decade. And together, we surpassed a $25,000 goal and raised nearly $40,000 for our first walk. My “Remembering Tina” team had 60 walkers and raised more than $7,500 for AFSP. As I walked with hundreds of other loss survivors, including dozens of Tina’s high-school friends, I realized that I had found my place – a place where loss survivors could come together and make change – a place where I was not alone. I was no longer the girl that other teens whispered about in the hallway and ran to hide and cry. I was no longer the girl who thought I was the only one who had lost a loved one to suicide. Instead, I was helping lead a walk to fight suicide, standing strong, and proving that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health and depression. The hiding was over. I had found my voice. It was time to prove that talk saves lives.

We were determined to invest the dollars raised at the walk in the local community. So we dug in, organizing ASIST intervention trainings, partnering with others who worked in prevention, making presentations to local schools, getting proclamations for city councils and boards of supervisors, starting a suicide-prevention round table, advocating for more funding for suicide-prevention research, and eventually I was asked to join the State Chapter Board for AFSP.

This became my “second full-time job,” as my husband called it.

Last year, we organized our second walk. Our team, again, was the top fundraising group, and led our local walk. And later, my husband ran in the New York City Marathon, also to benefit AFSP. We were doing our little part to create a culture that is smart about mental health and to find a way to honor Tina’s memory and raise funds for a cause that is 100 percent preventable.

Later, I took part in training to lead a support group for loss survivors and helped plan a Survivor Day event in Staunton. My husband and I also joined a group of local loss survivors and walked 16+ miles in The Overnight this summer in Washington, D.C.

I’m not sure I can adequately thank the Goo Goo Dolls for introducing me to AFSP. But I’ll try. My husband and I are going to their upcoming concert in Virginia Beach. No second row seats or backstage passes this time, but we’ll be there showing support for the group that truly led me down a path that has changed my life, first as a volunteer and now as a full-time job.

I dedicated myself for almost three years as a volunteer to a cause that means the world to me and never expected anything more. A little over four months ago, AFSP asked me to join them again – this time as the Area Director for Virginia – putting my putting my 15+ years of fundraising, marketing and PR expertise into a career dedicated to saving lives. I accepted.

We are now gearing up for our third walk in Staunton on October 21, but I’m also helping lead 11 additional walks throughout the state helping loss survivors make the same connections I did in my first Out of the Darkness Walk.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. Somehow, that concert three years ago had less to do with listening to good music and drinking a Bold Rock or two and a lot more to do with my finding my fire, my purpose, my way of doing something positive to remember Tina. Every day, I wake up and dedicate myself to a mission – to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. And it all started three years ago. And it was thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls. So, thank you, John and Robby. And we’ll see you August 25.

And it gets lonely when you live out loud,
When the truth that you seek isn’t in this crowd.
You better find your voice, better make it loud.
We’ve gotta burn that fire or we’ll just burn out.
– “Rebel Beat” by the Goo Goo Dolls
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
To find the Out of the Darkness Walk nearest you, visit
To join or donate to the Remembering Tina team or learn more about the Greater Augusta Out of the Darkness Community Walk, visit
To learn more about the Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, visit

How the Goo Goo Dolls Changed My Life

Rock Music Star – Goo Goo Dolls – Darien Lake PAC, Darien, NY – August 12, 2017

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Darien , NY – The multi-platinum selling band from Buffalo, NY – The Goo Goo Dolls- are the one consistent entity that the citizens of the Western New York area can celebrate, enjoy, and be proud of year after year.  Every time the band performs in WNY, it turns out to be a party-like celebration of their amazing, two-decade long domination of the AOR play charts.  This particular show of their, “Long Way Home,” summer tour was no exception, and dare I say, the Goo Goo Dolls took their usually flawless performance to another level.

The Goo Goo Dolls, duo of John Rzeznik- vocals/guitar, and Robby Takac- bass/vocals, seemed just as excited as the audience to be returning home to perform to an enthusiastic and crowd of 11,000 audience members of all ages.  Their 22-song setlist was a good mix of the mandatory classic hits, plus two tracks from their new EP, ‘You Should Be Happy,’ and five tracks from their 2016 full-length release, ‘Boxes.’

Rzeznik and Takac had a few special surprises for this special show.  For the song,  “We Are the Normal,” they brought up Mary Ramsey from the 10,000 Maniacs to perform viola.  Ramsey performed on the original studio track, which appeared on the 1994 release, ‘Superstar Carwash.’

Rzeznik explained prior to their 1995, breakout hit, “Name,” that the band was just about to call it a day and go off into obscurity, when the song broke out, receiving massive airplay and become a number one hit.  “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for believing in us all these years,” stated Rzeznik.  Then he exclaimed, “This is your song!”  The crowd roared back in approval and delight.

A stunning and rocking version of the hit single, “Broadway,” featured a saxophone solo from the multi-instrumentalist, Korel Tunador.  In addition, Rzeznik added an impressive, Springsteen-like, harmonica solo.

The highlight of the evening was a memorizing, emotional and powerful performance of the HUGE hit #1 single of the 90s, “Iris.”  And just like prior concerts, the crowd passionately sang back every word to Rzeznik.

The Goo Goo Dolls then ended the set with a song that should have been released as a single, “Boxes.”  This track, along with all the newer material, really translated well live.  Blasts from the confetti canon filled the amphitheater as Rzeznik, and the always energetic Takac performed the last notes of another spectacular and memorable Goo Goo Dolls homecoming show.

Goo Goo Dolls Set List 8-12-2017

1.Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy
4.Big Machine
5.Over and Over
6.So Alive
7.Black Balloon
8.Lucky Star
9.Free of Me
10.Use Me
11.Come to Me
13.Already There
14.Bringing on the Light
15.Flat Top
16.We Are The Normal
17.Acoustic #3
18.Better Days
20.Long Way Home

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Goo Goo Dolls at Darien Lake

Rock Show Critique – Hometown Show Anything But Normal for Goo Goo Dolls

Concert Review
Goo Goo Dolls
Phillip Phillips
Darien Lake PAC
Darien Center, NY
Saturday August 12, 2017
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

Once again Buffalo’s own Goo Goo Dolls invaded the Darien Lake PAC Saturday night. The band played the PAC for the ninth time as the venue celebrates its 25th year this season. Touring in support of last years Boxes as well as a recently released EP You Should Be Happy, the band seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik along with his cohort bassist Robby Takac both seemed ecstatic to once again be playing in front of their hometown. Rzeznik in particular “We keep meeting here at this place” he exclaimed as he told many stories about the bands’ early days throughout the night.

Following a solid set by opener Phillip Phillips, the band wasted no time digging into the new EP as they kicked off their set with “Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy”. “Slide” is one song that is guaranteed to get the crowd going with out fail and as usual delivered the goods. “Big Machine” the lone cut played off 2002s Gutterflower promptly followed.

Rzeznik told how they worked at the Continental and around that time had a cult like following around town. He said they always played a lot of shitty clubs and when he wrote this next song all that changed. He thanked the fans for believing in the band all these years. As he strummed the first few chords to “Name” the crowd screamed, “Oh you know it!” he exclaimed.

Rzeznik said when he was going through what songs to play for this tour he came across the lyrics to this next song and said they were relevant again with all that’s taking place in the world. The band dusted it off “Flat Top” and gave it an arousing performance. Until this year the band hadn’t played it on a full tour in quite a number of years.

The big surprise of the night was when Rzeznik called out 10,000 Maniacs singer Mary Ramsey who played viola on “We Are The Normal”. The gem from Superstar Carwash had last been played on the band’s short acoustic tour in 2014 but not in a regular show since 2003.

The band has come a long way from the days of playing places like the Continental and other small local establishments. They paid their dues time and time again in those early days. To see the band evolve into a platinum plus national selling act is dream come true for Rzeznik and Takac. It is something neither takes lightly. They still care on how the fans perceive them. I think most fans walked away from this show with an extra bounce in their step. It was clearly one of the bands’ best performances in front of the hometown faithful to date.

Hometown Show Anything But Normal for Goo Goo Dolls

Gusto – Becoming a Goo Goo Dolls believer at Darien Lake

By Ben Siegel


DARIEN CENTER — I’m wearing a Bills helmet as I tell you this. As far as bands go, The Goo Goo Dolls never did it for me.

Go ahead, drown me in loganberry. I’ll wait for my penance.

Let me specify that it’s their music that makes me feel this way. They sound average and generic in my ears. Not bad, though not particularly impressionable. I’m guessing that I’m not the only Buffalonian to feel this way on the inside.

Now, as civic players on Buffalo’s cultural stage, they are my heroes. Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik and bassist Robby “Goo” Takac, both group founders, have made significant philanthropic impact over the years for local art and education causes, homeless services and autism research. They are good guys, through and through, and we are all better because of their success. For that, I love them and all that they are.

But for the rock-and-roller in me, somewhere in there, it always comes down to the music. Right, shouldn’t it?

The Goos played a triumphant homecoming show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. During the show, I heard their music for the first time all over again.

“We keep meeting in this place,” said Rzeznik, recognizing the fact that this Buffalo band was playing outside of Buffalo. He shrugged it off, seeming to imply: “At least we’re together.”

Darien Lake may not be local enough for a true homecoming, but the fans came out and brought their Buffalove.

Kicking things off was Phillip Philips, with a multifaceted rock set that came stuffed with Southern soul, country, bluegrass and rock. His big hit “Home” made a big splash with its clap-happy participation, while his closer “My Name” brought to mind 1990s Soundgarden.

Things really began when the Goos took to their modestly appointed stage, framed by a few lighting towers — a blue-collar gig if ever this venue saw one.

Takac is a wild man on stage, bouncing around with messy, happy energy and bare feet. Does he consume bowls of sugar? And Rzeznik’s blond locks and tattooed arms are the perfect costume for the sensitive rock crooner. They are a great duo.

The Goos’ “Home” didn’t land as well as one would think, but their 1998 hit “Slide” was a home run. Some 20 years off, nostalgia has set in, but this one holds up.

“Over and Over,” from their 2016 album “Boxes,” soared like an anthem. “Turn it on, turn it up, turn it over and start again” makes a great mantra for arena-level singing. Even if it feels generic, it feels good, and patently Rust Belt in its ethos.

The call-and-response “So Alive” is similarly aspirational. Life is about being in the moment, if you’re lucky to have a moment at your disposal. One came with their infectious 1999 hit “Black Balloon,” bags of which fell from the rafters. You don’t know what joy looks like until a huge crowd of adults is given balloons.

Takac took to the mic for the punky “Lucky Star,” from 1993’s “Superstar Car Wash,” among others. Takac’s lead vocals add true club grit, harkening back to the days of Buffalo’s best clubs like The Continental, where Rzeznik worked and the boys played. It must have been a thrill to know them then and to see them now.

Buffalo music legend Mary Ramsey of the 10,000 Maniacs joined the Goos for “We Are the Normal,” written with The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg. What a treat. A string section joined Rzeznik for a luscious “Acoustic #3.”

Here’s where I eat my words. These guys rock, OK? They make simple, honest music that connects and validates.

Everyone needs a soundtrack. They may not have been mine growing up in the suburbs, but as city resident today, in today’s drastically different Buffalo, these are my guys.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for believing in us all these years,” said Rzeznik before the opening strums of their breakthrough, “Name.” “This is your song.”

To Rzeznik, let me not say “You’re welcome,” but “No, thank you.”

Becoming a Goo Goo Dolls Believer

August 12th, 2017 – Virginia Beach & Photo Pass Winners, Plus New M&G Contest!

On this week’s pod, Gen and our guest co-host Jules announce the winners for the Virginia Beach contest as well as photo pass winners for Boston and Portland!

Plus, a heads up on upcoming #GooGiveaways and a brand new contest for a pair of Meet and Greets to the Raleigh, NC show!


By Dan Poorman

“The history of rock ‘n’ roll is littered with terrible band names” — this according to John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls at the Lakeview Amphitheater on a crisp Friday night.

And yes, “Goo Goo Dolls” is one of them, Rzeznik implied. “Too many ‘O’s,” chimed bassist Robby Takac.

The story goes like this: Rzeznik and Takac had a band called The Sex Maggots, but when a club owner refused to throw that on his marquee, they had five minutes to come up with another name. The guys flipped feverishly through a copy of True Detective magazine, found an ad for a “goo goo doll,” adopted the moniker in their hurry and soon became one of rock’s most cited success stories.

After signing to a label in New York City and selling 700 records, Buffalo’s own Goo Goo Dolls couldn’t part with the name, much to Rzeznik’s chagrin.

“We stayed with it, it’s still our name and it still doesn’t mean anything,” Rzeznik told a crowd of about 9,800 (as per an estimate by Lakeview staff) on Friday. At this point in his particularly humorous and chatty set, the frontman recounted his and Takac’s expectations as young indie rockers in the 1990s.

“We were ready to slip into obscurity and become cult figures,” Rzeznik said, “then I wrote this song and f—ed that whole thing up.” That’s when Rzeznik began picking “Name,” the single released in September of 1995 that catapulted the Goo Goo Dolls to national stardom. “I’m so glad I f—ed that up, because I got this,” he added, outstretching his arms to the crowd and basking in their uproarious applause. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“Name” is one of those songs that seems to have lived its own life in culture; a life apart from its creators as a sort of lullaby, in that it’s a ballad folks of all ages can hum on command. Even more so are the songs “Slide” and “Iris,” which, much like the Third Eye Blind catalog, pretty much define a whole piece of the 1990s. 

So of course, going to see a Goo Goo Dolls concert in 2017 is, for some, a chance to hear these iconic tunes played live. John Rzeznik gets that. With all the grace of a standup comic, the singer reflected on the troubles of being a Goo Goo Doll today when he introduced a brand new song, “Use Me.”

“I know the temptation to go to the bathroom during the new song,” Rzeznik said. “You know, ‘Gotta get back before they play ‘Iris.” But this may be the best song you never heard, Sir Walking Out.”

Rzeznik’s playfulness didn’t stop at his pointing out a gentleman walking up the aisle to the lawn area. The audience laughed as he suggested, “If you could just please politely cross your legs, hang out for a second and listen to this new song.”

After “Use Me,” (an admirably catchy cut, all things considered), Rzeznik said he’d hit the crowd with a song they knew, and started up “Come to Me,” an earnest love tune he wrote for his wife before their wedding day — one which resultantly has become a favored wedding song for couples across the country. The comedy kept on when Rzeznik mused on the reality of divorce statistics in relation to this song, saying, “Inevitably, it’s going to be attached to a bad memory for fifty percent of those people, so, you know, good luck with that.”

Rzeznik then dedicated “Come to Me” to every guy in the audience whose wife or girlfriend had dragged him along against his will. He related that experience to one of his own, when his wife made him sit through an Enrique Iglesias concert. After a shocking Nickelback joke (“Sorry, I wish I could play a Nickelback song for you, bro”), Rzeznik laughed, “Where was I going with this story?” and commended the dude-bro type in question for doing the right thing and showing up for someone he loves.

The delightfully zany (and barefoot) Takac, who for much of Friday evening looked like an exuberant kid jumping around his bedroom pounding on his sticker-laden bass in the throes of some rock star fantasy, also joined in on story time when introducing “Lucky Star.”

“This song was written just down the highway,” he said in reference to Buffalo, “and it was first played on stage, I believe, at the Lost Horizon in Syracuse.” A proud local audience cheered.

Musically, the band (as well as opener Phillip Phillips, with a stellar group of guys behind him) was on point on Friday. Rzeznik’s voice, at once a little gritty and modestly melodic, still holds up. On Friday, he sounded like the recordings his fans know and love; beyond his funnyman stage presence, he’s still an ace balladeer. He proved this chiefly on “Black Balloon,” “Iris” and “Acoustic #3.”

The current iteration of Rzeznik and Takac’s live band is pretty tasty, too, with multi-instrumentalist Korel Tunador and guitarist Brad Fernquist shining brightest on numbers like “Flat Top” and “Broadway.” Takac, in his few lead vocal duties, fell slightly short; his charismatic pop-punk rasp felt tired and quiet in the mix. His spirit and stage presence more than made up for these shortcomings, though.

In fact, “spirit” — that’s a good word to describe Friday’s Goo Goo Dolls concert. As far as I’m concerned, you know you’ve made it as a songwriter when the images you put to paper start literally flying around your show. Such was the case for Rzeznik and “Black Balloon,” when fans let loose a few real black balloons on Friday. Through his laughs, and as he grabbed one balloon that wound up on stage with him and twirled it about, Rzeznik seemed engaged with the Amp truly and spiritually.

“Thank you for giving this band a life,” he said, looking, by now, 100 percent cool with its terrible name.

The Setlist

“Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy”



“Big Machine”

“Over and Over”

“So Alive”

“Black Balloon”

“Lucky Star”

“Free of Me”

“Here is Gone”

“Use Me”

“Come to Me”


“Already There”

“Bringing on the Light”

“Flat Top”

“Acoustic #3”

“Better Days”


“Long Way Home”




Goo Goo Dolls: Funny Guys Who Make Seriously Good Ballads