By Claire Stones
The Roundhouse is a great venue to watch a band at, even if on a cold winter’s day you get to queue for an hour to get through the doors, only to queue for another 30 minutes to put your coat in the cloakroom. Well, on the 27th February, a sell-out crowd did just that to watch the Goo Goo Dolls.
For those who aren’t familiar with the band, the Goo Goo Dolls formed in Buffalo, New York in 1986 and are best known for their single Iris – from their quadruple platinum (in the US) selling album Dizzy Up The Girl – which featured in the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan movie City Of Angels. With John Rzeznik on guitar and vocals, and Robby Takac on bass and vocals, the Goo Goo Dolls took to the stage the a huge cheer from the crowd and started with Indestructible from their latest album, Miracle Pill. They went straight into Home and then Slide, both of which were accompanied by much of the audience audibly singing along.
As the night went on, the Goo Goo Dolls continued to mix old and new, with songs ranging from Fallin’ Down from their 1993 album Superstar Car Wash, to Fearless from their latest release. Lead vocal duties, as always, switched between John and Robby. They put on a good show, treating the audience to a 23-song set, lasting more than 90 minutes, and included six from Dizzy Up The Girl.
This was a gig for fans, with great moments such as the dropping of black balloons during Black Balloon and more songs from their back catalogue than you would expect from a tour promoting a new album. They may not have ended the gig with Iris – but it was the penultimate song – and it was paired beautifully with Broadway. There are some people out there who would be willing to pay for a ticket just to hear them play Iris. If you are one such person, go for it – it will be worth it.