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Live Review: The Goo Goo Dolls Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dizzy Up The Girl

The Goo Goo Dolls Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dizzy Up The Girl

With A Tour Across The Country.

On September 22nd of 1998 an album was released that would go on to be seen as iconic in many eyes (definitely ours). It was an album that went on to become certified Platinum 4 times. Although it was the band’s sixth studio album, it quickly became the most important one as it thrusted them even farther into mainstream success. The brainchild of Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac.

The album we speak of is none other than Dizzy Up the Girlwhich recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and for such a momentous occasion a tour was needed. That is exactly what The Goo Goo Dolls aimed to do as they set off on the ‘Dizzy Up the Girl Tour’ at the end of September and we got the chance to join them at their only stop in North Carolina at The Fillmore in Charlotte last night.

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This is the album that gave the world hits such as “Slide”, “Broadway” and the song that almost everyone has heard at one point in their lives… “Iris”. It’s a song that on it’s own, stood atop the airplay charts for a mind-blowing 18 weeks! Straight from Buffalo, New York both Johnny and Robby have been part of the music scene since 1986 when they first formed Goo Goo Dolls. Overtime they obviously grew from a garage band to one of Alt Rocks larger names in the business.

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As we arrived to the venue, low clouds covered nearby skyscrapers and the sun had almost completely set. However there was plenty of excitement and energy in the air as a line of fans stretched along the sidewalk eager to get into this Sold Out show. As the doors opened, more and more fans continued to arrive making the line go even further around the block. We took notice that tons of fans were wearing their Goo Goo Doll shirts that they had acquired over the years from previous tours.

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Entering the venue it was easy to see the stage was ready for a show as lightning illuminated the instruments upon it. Along the backside of the stage was a very large picture frame and housed within it was the artwork that acts as the album art for ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’. We were in for a full night a music and all of it provided by The Goo Goo Dolls. This was an event that was broken down into two acts, the first act being the entirety of Dizzy Up the Girl and the second act being deep cuts and other songs from other albums. Lights then pulsated, the drummer took his place and as Johnny, Robby and the rest of the band walked out it was time to begin.

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The venue filled with people erupted with excitement as they began their journey through the album they have loved for years beginning with track #1… ‘Dizzy’. As we flowed from track to track it was easy to see that the fans were ones that have been followers of this band for years as they knew every word to every song on the album. From the vocals of Johnny in many songs to the vocals of Robby it proved that the group as a whole had fans but so did the individuals themselves.

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During one point in the night Johnny asked the crowd if anyone was from Buffalo, to which he was greeted by many fans yelling and raising their hands. He then joked that “if this was 10 years ago, everyone from Buffalo would be in the back at the bar” which got a laugh from the crowd.

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Progressing through the set, as Robby sang songs such as “January Friend” and “Full Forever” we found Johnny moving across the stage playing guitar while also smiling and waving at fans. Then Johnny took us into the next song, but before doing so he asked the audience “are you guys happy?” which got a loud and positive reaction to which his response was “well that’s good because I’m about to play one of the most depressing songs” and as he began to introduce the song he knew the crowd was aware of what song was next on the album so he said “F#*k it, you know what it’s called” as he began to play “Acoustic #3”.

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As we drew closer towards the end of the album it was time for the song that almost every person on earth has heard at some point. We were quickly surrounded by the lights of phone screens as the crowd prepared to record the song that acted as a soundtrack to many lives. The song we speak of is none other than “Iris”. It was absolutely incredible to experience the song live while surrounded by fans, as the music and vocals we spot on and embodied the studio version in a real life form. It was then time to close out the first act with the two final songs on the album Extra Pale and ‘Hate This Place’ before telling the crowd “we’ll see you in just a second” as they prepared for the second act.

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As the band left the stage we were presented with some music that you would find yourself listening to anytime you get placed on hold when trying to speak to an actual person at most companies. Complete with the pre-recorded voice “were sorry all of our representatives are busy assisting other customers, please remain on the line as we value your call”… this went on for about 10 mins. During which the crew took time to remove the frame and album art from the backdrop on stage, leaving a black background as Johnny came back out by himself with an acoustic guitar.

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Going into the second act, he mentioned that the band wanted to play some deep cuts from albums over the years. He also said that the setlist was specifically planned for the family of fans that have been with them for years and are so loyal. He then kicked of the act with a few acoustic songs, the first being one he originally wrote as a Christmas song but found it’s way to being used as part of the campaign for Hurricane Katrina relief. He then made note that it was crazy because at the same time that evening, Hurricane Michael was making its way through the lower half of the US. The song tied to all of this was “Better Days.

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The night went on as they played song after song including ‘Stop The World’, ‘Two Days In February’ and the popular hit ‘Name’. They then included a new song “So Alive, off their recent Boxes album which found Johnny joking with the crowd saying he had been “reading his how to be a rockstar book” and saying he needed some audience participation. Which led him to get the crowd clapping along as he also guided us through some somewhat synchronized chants.  It was easily a night to remember and clear proof as to why this band has been around for years and will continue to be around for awhile longer.

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This tour is just getting started, but get your tickets soon as the last stop finds itself in Las Vegas in early November. If you have any fun photos or stories you’d like to share with us, head over to Instagram or Twitter and share with the hashtag #TwitFromThePit so we and the rest of the world can see just how much music means to you and the awesome moments it can create.

See full gallery of the night!

Don’t forget to check out our interview with Robby!

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Catch this tour:

Philadelphia, PA
Red Bank, NJ
Detroit, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Fri 8 PM CDTShared to Shutter 16 Staff …
Chicago, IL
Kansas City, MO
Thu 7 PM MDT3,624 guests
Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 8 PM PDT2,350 guests
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA


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