Grammy-Nominated, multi-platinum American rock band Goo Goo Dolls made a stop at Hard Rock Orlando this week during their Long Way Home Tour.
Goo Goo Dolls, formed in 1986, is well-known for their hit “Iris,” which spent 17-weeks in the #1 spot on Hot 100 Airplay, and also ranked #1 on Billboard’s “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart. They have earned 14 Top 10 radio hits and sold over 12-million albums.
The band hails from Buffalo, NY, and includes two original band members—John Rzeznik (vocals/guitar) and Robby Takac (vocals/bass guitar). Rzeznik told the packed venue that “Broadway” was actually written about their beloved hometown.
Performance-wise, the group certainly hasn’t lost their luster. Rzeznik’s voice is as strong and emotional as ever, and Takac’s dynamic stage presence (and barefoot dancing skills) kept the crowd energized with “Slide” and “Black Balloon.” Their newer songs exceeded expectations; personally, I fell in love with the new song “Boxes,” from their new five-song EP entitled “You Should Be Happy.”
Rzeznik recalled writing the hit song “Name” while sitting on an old hand-me-down couch back in Buffalo. He emphasized how blessed they feel to have continued fan interest after 20-plus years.
Opening act Phillip Phillips was a perfect addition to the tour. The former American Idol winner’s boyish, southern charm and acoustic guitar skills warmed up the crowd and made the ladies of all ages scream.
Phillips and his band played popular hits “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone”, among others. The five-times Platinum artist is currently working on a third album.
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~Kara Robinson review and photos