Goo Goo Dolls “The Big Night Out” Tour: A Show Not to be Missed!

The Goo Goo Dolls are back and ready to rock the stage in Clearwater! Despite a rain delay, this legendary band knows how to put on a show that fans will remember for years to come. From their early punk days to their rise in the world of rock and pop, the Goo Goo Dolls have proven time and time again that they are here to stay.

A Familiar Scene

As the rain cleared up, the crowd at The Sound in Clearwater, Florida eagerly awaited the Goo Goo Dolls’ arrival. Robby Takac, true to his punk roots, sported vibrant purple hair as he took the stage barefoot. Meanwhile, John Rzeznik dressed appropriately for the Florida heat, donning a tank top and knee-length cargo pants.

Celebrating 25 Years

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their smash hit album “Dizzy Up The Girl,” the Goo Goo Dolls opened their set with the iconic song “Broadway.” It was clear from the start that this tour was more than just a greatest hits showcase. The band showcased their latest album, “Chaos in Bloom,” released in 2022, with the uplifting track “Yea, I Like You.” It’s refreshing to see a band with such a vast catalog of hits still creating new music.

A Blend of Styles and Favorites

Throughout the night, the Goo Goo Dolls delivered a mix of beloved classics and lesser-known tunes. Robby Takac took the spotlight with his distinctive voice on songs like “January Friend” from the album “Dizzy Up The Girl.” His raspy vocals brought an energy reminiscent of the band’s punk roots. John Rzeznik’s “So Alive,” a song about his personal struggle with alcoholism and sobriety, struck a chord with the audience, becoming an anthem in its own right.

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Unforgettable Moments

One of the standout moments of the night came during their rendition of “Sympathy.” Typically played on an acoustic guitar, this performance featured a stunning piano accompaniment that added a touch of beauty to the song. Another highlight was their performance of “Lost” from the album “Miracle Pill,” where they brought out an AI machine named “Tapey” to recreate the studio recording.

Encore Extravaganza

The encore brought a surprise guest to the stage—Marc Roberge, lead singer of O.A.R. Together, they performed a rousing cover of Tom Petty’s classic “Won’t Back Down,” a fitting tribute to a legendary artist whom the Goo Goo Dolls have always admired. And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without their epic anthem, “Iris,” with the entire crowd on their feet, singing along.

Opening Act: O.A.R.

Opening the show was the talented and energetic O.A.R. (Of A Revolution). This seven-piece band, led by the charismatic Marc Roberge, delivered an 11-song setlist, showcasing their musical prowess. Highlights of their performance included hits like “Lay Down” and “Love & Memories,” as well as a crowd-pleasing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Fool In The Rain.”

An Unforgettable Night of Music

For fans of the Goo Goo Dolls, this tour is an absolute must-see. With a career-spanning setlist and an incredible stage presence, they prove that they are still at the top of their game. So, mark your calendars and don’t miss out on this incredible musical experience!

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Photos by Vicky Sullivan

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