Buffalo rockers The Goo Goo Dolls made a stop in Atlanta, Ga to promote their latest CD, Magnetic. The band performed at Chastain Ampitheatre on July 11, 2014. Plain White Ts and Daughtry opened the show.
John Rzeznik and Robby Takac have been playing to very enthusiastic Atlanta crowds since the 1980s. The Goo Goo Dolls started as an indie punk band. The band played small bars in the city and have graduated to playing huge crowds of thousands of people. John cringed as he told the crowd he remembers playing Atlanta all those years ago. He said the band and the city are old friends. John, Robby and their band played Atlanta twice in the past year. Every tour the band makes several stops in Atlanta. During the Let Love In tour John and company played the city 5 times.
The set list contained new classics from Magnetic. John sang "When the World Breaks Your Heart" and the band's latest single "Come to Me". John and Robby also reached into their vault. The show opener was "Lazy Eye". The song was featured in the movie "Batman and Robin". Robby sang the classic "Already There" from the band's fourth album "Superstar Car Wash."
John engaged the crowd throughout the show. He started by saying he noticed everyone in Atlanta is beautiful. He noticed the set up for the show was tables up front and regular seating through out the rest of the venue. John was bewildered by the tables and picnic baskets. He said didn't want to interrupt anyone's dinner! The fans in the front were not in their seats sipping wine and snacking on cheese and crackers. They were on their feet singing and dancing to every song. Later when John introduced the song "Come to Me" he talked about a couple he met back stage. The woman said John was her free one. She said this as her husband stood there watching. John said he was offended! He said he wanted to be intimidating so someone's husband would not be OK with his wife sleeping with him. John continued saying he had the same conversation with his wife. He said it was an awkward conversation.
The Goos had the crowd in a frenzy from the first note they played until the end of the encore. The band has an extremely loyal fan base. The Goobers, as fans are called, are also a very close community. Long time Goo Goo Dolls fan Karyn Burleigh posted on Facebook "Yes, we may be obsessed fans, but Goo is much more than fabulous music. It is an experience of people gathering together to enjoy wonderful music from one of our fave bands, we know all the songs, all the lyrics; we attend concerts with close friends. So yes, attending a Goo concert is not just any other concert. If you have not been to a GGD concert; you have no idea what you are missing. There is a very good reason these boys have over two millions fans on fb alone. They have also been together for over 28 years. Their music is heartwarming, fun, not to mention amazing heart wrenching lyrics by the amazing John Rzeznik. Then there is his beautiful VOICE! That's it. I've said more than enough. They are truly the nicest, funniest musicians in the world! (If you have had a Meet & Greet or have met them, you know what I mean.) I know I'm going to have a great goo filled summer!"
There is so much to love about The Goo Goo Dolls. Besides their amazing songs John and Robby are very fun people. Last summer they were punked on stage by co-headliners Match Box 20. John and Robby played along and loved it! You can see the video here. Here is another example of their great sense of humor. They made a very funny video called "39 Ways to Kill A TV."
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