Anytime the Goo Goo Dolls play their hometown of Buffalo, NY it’s a big deal. They are currently on tour in support of their 20th anniversary of their biggest album “Dizzy Up the Girl” which was released on September 22, 1998.  On this tour they decided to do 3 sold out shows in their hometown and they ended up filming these shows for a later release on DVD.   There was a lot of build up to these shows as the first two sold out immediately and they ended up adding the third show, which also sold out quick too. On Saturday afternoon, the band did a signing at a pop up store at Oxford Pennant to even heighten the anticipation of the return of the local boys.  Later that night the band took the stage for their 2nd show of their 3 night stay.

Minutes before the band took the stage, various black balloons started making their way through the air. Fans were already showing hand even before the band took the stage. The band started off the festivities by playing “Dizzy Up the Girl” in its entirety. Rzeznik and Takac were moving all about the stage and made a lot of connection to the fans throughout the show. Johnny made sure to say, “It’s great to be home” after a few songs. Of course, more black balloons surfaced as the song “Black Balloon” was played. A four-piece string section came onto the stage for “Acoustic #3” and “Iris.” Rzeznik screwed up the beginning to “Acoustic #3” where he playfully made fun of himself for messing it up as the strings section started it over. It was great to see songs like this and the other deep cuts they played.

The next section of songs started off by Rzeznik playing to video of himself either singing or playing guitar while he sang.  It was a weird moment (my opinion) that he actually had a dialogue with himself on a screen with no one else on stage. This was very different but after the first song it got mundane for me. I applaud them for reaching out to do something different but I could have done without this part of the show. After this, they ran through some of their other biggest hits which included “Name” and “So Alive.”

They came out for a 2-song encore which ended with one of my favorite songs they do in “Flat Top.” The band sounded d extremely tight and it made for one of the best sounding shows I’ve attended this year.  Thanks for coming home and making us proud guys!

 

Setlist:

 

Dizzy

Slide

Broadway

January Friend

Black Balloon

Bullet Proof

Amigone

All Eyes on You

Full Forever

Acoustic #3

Iris

Extra Pale

Hate This Place

 

Interlude

 

Better Days (Johnny Rzeznik solo acoustic with video screen)

Can’t Let It Go (Johnny Rzeznik solo acoustic with video screen)

Two days in February (Johnny Rzeznik solo acoustic with video screen)

Fallin’ Down

Lucky Star

Stop the World

Name

So Alive

Notbroken

Another Second Time Around

There You Are

 

Encore:

 

Big Machine

Flat Top

Photo Gallery

We would like to thank Stephanie Estrada from BB Gun Press for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.