Goo Goo Dolls

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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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Goo Goo Dolls are awesome!
Venue/Date: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Wantagh, NY)
Concert Date:  
July 27th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Review: Goo Goo Dolls groove at Jones Beach

Special to Newsday

When the Goo Goo Dolls started making records in the late 1980s, they were a loud power-pop band with a punky edge. Then in the mid-'90s, they hit on a new concept -- sensitive ballads oriented around acoustic rather than electric guitars -- and the result was blockbuster success.

Judging by some comments frontman Johnny Rzeznik made from the Jones Beach stage during its Saturday night concert, the group still feels uncomfortable about that turn of events.

Before launching into "Name," the 1995 single that was both the Goo Goos' first exploration of their lighter side and their first megahit, Rzeznik said, "This next song opened a lot of doors for us. It closed a few others behind us too, but hey, what can you do?"

More than a decade has passed since this crucial juncture in the band's history, so you'd think Rzeznik and his mates would have gotten less touchy about it over time. Not a chance. Clearly even at this late date, they need to keep proving to their critics and old fans -- and maybe to themselves, too -- that no, they didn't actually get soft and sell out.

And so they played one long puzzling non sequitur of a show, veering between faithful renditions of the hit singles everyone came to hear and frantic attempts to rock hard. Several of the latter were helmed by bassist Robby Takac, the Hyde to Rzeznik's Jekyll.

Rzeznik is ruggedly handsome, while Takac is so unkempt you could easily mistake him for a homeless man. Rzeznik's voice is smooth and powerful, while Takac's is pinched and unpleasant. And where Rzeznik works the crowd with an easy flair, Takac puts out so much excess energy that it's comical, almost a parody of a rock musician
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