By Brandon Thrift
On October 30, American rock band, Goo Goo Dolls, brought their 20th anniversary tour of “Dizzy Up The Girl” to the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
Outside the venue was a cold and snowy night but that was hardly the case inside. Johnny Rzeznik (vocals and guitar) and Robby Takac (bass) heated up the theatre and had fans screaming lyrics from their 1998 break through album.
They played the album in its entirety with fans demanding more after every song. The songs Dizzy, Black Balloon,” and “Iris” were among some of the crowd favorites.
Rzeznik was engaged with the audience as he let everyone know that he couldn’t breath because of the altitude. There was a fan in the front row who had taken her boots off, Rzeznik said “well hey you look comfortable, you even took your boots off”. He let the crowd know “you don’t want to see me when I’m drunk because bad shit happens”.
After finishing the album, from front to back, they continued the night with some deep cuts. Rzeznik got fans excited when he said that they were going to bring one of their celebrity friends on stage to perform with them. Then Rzeznik said “most celebrities are assholes” and proceeded to bring a tv display on stage. A video came on and it was a pre-recorded video of himself. After some banter back and forth, with himself, he asked his video self to play guitar while he sang the song “Better Days”.
This was the first time the Goo Goo Dolls played at the iconic Paramount Theatre in Denver. Their excitement was contagious, and the fans fed off their energy. The sound was crisp and clean, every song was executed to perfection. The theatre was brought back to 1998 with style and grace.