Nearly a year to the day, international superstars the Goo Goo Dolls returned to San Diego Friday for a night remember, headlining a show that featured Daughtry and Plain White Ts. Formed in 1985, the Goo Goo Dolls have a huge list of hits under their belt, including “Slide,” “Name,” and “Black Balloon.” But its their 1997 megahit, “Iris,” that not only propelled the band to stardom, but also topped countless charts, reaching number 1 on 9 charts internationally, including Billboard's "Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012" chart.
Last year, the band released their monumental 10th album, Magnetic, which debuted at #8 on the charts. I was fortunate to speak with bassist Rob Takac about their newest album and last year’s tour, which can be read here.
The music of the Goo Goo Dolls is timeless, especially to someone who grew up with their tunes perpetually on air. Where many bands from the time have faded into nothing but a memory, the Goo Goo Dolls are still hitting the road and selling out crowds to fans of all ages. Thursday’s show was an excellent reminder of just what has kept the band going throughout the years.
With nearly 30 singles alone under their belt, there certainly wasn’t any shortage of songs that the band could play. Nearly everything in their vast discography was touched, and much of the audience sang along from beginning to end. The night opened with a few songs from their first decade of music including “Slide,” “Lazy Eye,” and “Dizzy,” and then suddenly skipped into the present with Magnetic’s first single, “Rebel Beat.”
One thing that struck me as absolutely incredible about the band is their infectious youthfulness. Rzeznik and Takac, both of whom are pushing 50, fill the entire stage up with an explosion of energy which never falters. They both share duties of singing and pumping up the audience, and the smiles on their faces show that they really enjoy performing for their fans.
The rest of the set included hits including their newest single “Come To Me,” and older hits including, “Black Balloon,” and “Better Days.” The set ended with “Iris,” which was met with deafening cheers.
The Goo Goo Dolls have, over the years, proven to understand how to become and stay a band at the top of their game. An incredible youthful spirit, and music that transcends time, gaining fans that may not have been born during the height of their career, but are now able to understand and appreciate the music of before their day. The guys are truly a band that everyone can adore.