"Support your all-American rock band,'' Goo Goo Dolls bassist and vocalist Robby Takac told a sweaty, revved up crowd Wednesday night at the Shrine Auditorium.
He couldn't seem to stop grinning and neither could the 1,300 fans who jumped up and down and hollered for more. It was one of the loudest cries for an encore that I've heard in years. And lead singer John Rzeznik obliged with an acoustic version of the most beautiful ballad of the night, "Sympathy,'' followed up by the fiery "Broadway.''
These are working class rock musicians who know the sacrifice of paying for a $29 or $39 concert ticket, so even though the venue was small and the air was stifling, they put on an explosive show that the fans will remember for years. I know I will.
Mixing old with new, the Goo Goos incited the crowd to fist pumping, jumping revelry that never stopped through-out the Buffalo, N.Y., band's 90-minute set. Their new LP, the first in four years, "Something for the Rest of Us'' is due out in July. Already, some of the ballads off the new disc, "As I Am'' and "The Sweetest Lie'' seem destined for radio hits and the crowd last night lapped them up just as greedily as they did the Grammy winners. The Goo Goos thundered through some of their biggest hits like "Iris,'' "Dizzy'' and "Let Love In,'' turning the microphone on the crowd to let them join in.
"I want to thank you guys for making tonight so amazing for us,'' Rzeznik told the audience at the end of the concert.
It was even more amazing for us.
Here is Gone
Can't Let It Go
Stay With You
Now I Hear
Let Love In
As I Am
All Eyes On Me
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