Front Row Perspective – Camden Review: Ga Ga over the Goo Goo Dolls!!

As Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac along with supporting band mates took the stage, the crowd was ready to go down memory lane at 100MPH!!!  The Goo Goo Dolls most popular in the 90’s and 00’s haven’t lost a step and if anything may have a few steps on the audience of the same age group.  Rezenik was full of energy and when not in a zone playing a note on his ever-changing guitars, he has a perpetual grin on his face.  He truly appreciated the audience and the reciprocated the same feeling.

Opening with “Stay With You”, Rzeznik playing a massive white Lightning bolt f-hole guitar (homage to the single released by CASH CASH featuring Rzeznik?) shredded through the song while covering the entire stage greeting every area of the audience. Rzeznik and Takac rocked through their hits while trading spaces on every inch of the stage much to the delight of the fans especially the female fans who’s screams were Beatlesque in volume bring a smile/smirk to Rzeznik every time.

Due to the open tuning for the Goo Goo Doll songs Rzeznik was changing guitars every song to a busy guitar tech.  Switching between acoustic and electric guitars, a highlight of the set was when the house went dark during “Black Balloon”, and the inside of the venue filled with black balloons which dancing musically over the crowd bringing an added crowd participation to the song.  They closed the set with two of their biggest hits “Iris” and “Broadway”.

The new Goo Goo Dolls’ release is available on September 13th, you can pre-order your copy here!!!

The Goo Goo Dolls’ tour continues through November across the United States.
Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman

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