The Buffalo News - It's not just the Buffalo Bills: Goo Goo Dolls' Robby Takac on how crowd noise rocks
By Tim O'Shei
You didn’t have to listen hard to hear this theme loudly: The Buffalo Bills love their crowd noise.
I was standing in the team’s postgame news conference room a couple of weeks ago after the team’s runaway win over the Miami Dolphins. Stefon Diggs, who scored three touchdowns (and after one of them, grabbed some fans’ beers and smashed them in celebration), talked about how much the loud fans helped. “We need that,” he said.
Later, head coach Sean McDermott – with no prompting – echoed his star receiver, likening the crowd’s volume to “jet engines.”
But I suspected this isn’t just a sports dynamic, and so I called someone who has the other type of job that involves constant crowd feedback: a rock star.
“I can't catch, throw or kick a ball, but I would assume that the crowd and the energy that's in the room is as much of a motivator as anything else,” said Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac, who lives in his native Buffalo and understands the Bills fandom. “When you're in front of 10,000, screaming people, there’s some energy behind that for us. It elevates your performance, and I’m sure it's the same way with sports.”
Takac and Goos frontman John Rzeznik have been performing for crowds measuring in the tens of thousands since the 1990s, when their hit single “Name” gave them a name, and then their smash “Iris” catapulted them to stardom.