Tuesday multi-platinum, Grammy nominated rockers the Goo Goo Dolls stopped in Baltimore, Md. with their Long Way Home summer tour. Legions of fans remained on their feet dancing the night away and singing along to every song, completely caught up by the infectious energy of the band. Vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac heartfelt lyrics combined with their vibrant melodies lent to an intimate yet uplifting vibe to the entire evening.
The Goo Goo Dolls recreated some of their most memorable musical moments of the ’90s performing their classic hits "Slide" as well the new track “Use Me” off their 2016 release Boxes. There was a sweet acoustic jam between John and Robby as they opened into “Name." Rzeznik’s interaction with the fans was heart-warming. It is always interesting when a production gets brought down to a more personal level. The anecdotes John told before each song were quite funny, especially when he started speaking about all the people that come up to him to tell him “Start Again” was their wedding song. The crescendos during "Iris" were powerful enough to bring chills. Robby Takac seemed to be having an absolute blast performing on stage and his enthusiastic high-kicks while playing his bass were extremely entertaining and really got fans hyped up.
Not only are the Goo Goo Dolls known for their impact on popular music, they have sold well over 12 million albums since their start in 1986 and have released eleven studio albums which scored a total of 14 Top 10 radio hits to date. In May the Goo Goo Dolls released a 5 song EP entitled You Should Be Happy. Listen to the album in full here.